Rohr says Senegal's physicality tested Nigeria's readiness

Rohr says Senegal's physicality tested Nigeria's readiness
Gernot Rohr

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Mar 26, 2017. 09:30

Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr was pleased with his charges' performance against Senegal in an international friendly match on Thursday night.

The two African giants played to a 1-1 draw at the Hive Stadium in London, England, with Moussa Sow netting for Senegal, while Kelechi Iheanacho scored for Nigeria.

German tactician Rohr explained that they used the game as preparation for their upcoming 2019 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Cameroon in August, 2017.

“We chose to play Senegal because of their physicality as we will be playing Cameroon in our next qualifiers," Rohr said on

"It was great to see how our players stood up to the challenge of playing teams like these. I was happy with them in that respect.

"On the subject of Cameroon who are now African champions and whether that factor changes the dynamics going into that qualifier," he added

“Now they have more confidence. They have players who have the belief that being champions brings.

"But we know that if we are to win in Cameroon it will give us a great chance of being at the World Cup."

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will take on Burkina Faso in another friendly match at the Hive Stadium on Monday night.

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