Nigeria's head coach Gernot Rohr
Saturday Nov 17, 2018. 13:15
Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr says he is expecting a tough match when his side faces up to South Africa in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier later today.
The teams will meet at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg in the penultimate round of Group E matches. The Super Eagles hold a one-point lead over Bafana Bafana at the top of the standings – this is despite SA winning in Nigeria in the first round of matches back in June last year.
Rohr’s side will be missing several key players, including the suspended Wilfred Nidid, first-choice goalkeeper Francis Uzoho and injured striker Odion Ighalo – the latter is the leading goal scorer in the qualifiers, with six strikes thus far.
“This will be the most difficult match for this young team,” Rohr said. “It’s more than a year since we played against South Africa and lost in Uyo.
“It’s a different team now with the experience of the World Cup and my young team will do a good match, even if we’re missing four important players, especially our goal scorer and goalkeeper.”
The Super Eagles boss added, “This young team can do very well, they have big motivation and we want to win.
“It’s an opportunity for them to step up and prove what they can do. They will fight and give their best.”
The match kicks off at 15h00 CAT.