Super Eagles of Nigeria Head Coach, Gernot Rohr has said that the senior national team cannot afford to gamble with the Qatar 2022 African qualifiers by underestimation the remaining opponents in the group.
According to Rohr, ‘’we have three opponents in the group and have to respect all of them. Liberia are a team that cannot be underestimated as we saw when we beat them in a friendly.
‘’As for Cape Verde, they have players of Portuguese and Brazilian origin, and they can beat any team.’’
Speaking to fifa.com, Rohr said the third country in the group, the Central African Republic are an unknown quantity for us, which makes it more difficult.
‘’I think the group is tough, but we believe in our capabilities.’’
Given that we qualified from the group of death for Russia 2018, we are confident we can make it this time as well.
However, the Super Eagles gaffer regrets that the like of Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and Odion Ighalo retired from international duties after the world cup in Russia in 2028 and nations cup in Egypt in 2019.
‘’We were sorry Moses retired. The same applies to Obi Mikel and Ighalo, because they aree fantastic players. They decided to retire for family reasons or to play in China and focus on their club careers, and we respected their decisions.’’
He said Nigeria has the potential to reach the last eight of the FIFA World Cup in 2022, but that the team must continue to work harder.
Speaking on the team’s target at the world cup, Rohr said, “We will take it one step at a time. First, we need to qualify, and if we do that, we will look at our group at the finals. We will try to progress to the knockout stage, which we got very close to two years ago. We have to work hard to achieve that.”
Meanwhile, Rohr will lead the Super Eagles out for the first time since 2019 when they take on Tunisian and Algeria in a high profile warn up games this month in Austria.