Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has cautioned his players against being overly confident ahead of their African Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa, and says they will have to be tough to beat Bafana Bafana on 10 June.
|Gernot Rohr Eagle’s coach|
The Super Eagles go into the game in Uyo with an impressive record of never having lost a competitive game against the South Africans, claiming seven wins and one draw from eight competitive fixtures.
It is a record that the German and his squad are determined to extend, but he admits that it will not come easy.
“They will play a good technical football, with quickness and aggressiveness,” Rohr told KweseESPN.
“We must be very strong to beat them and play a very collective game with great fighting spirit because the game is not won until the referee blows the final whistle,” he added.
On Tuesday, Elderson Echiejile, Ahmed Musa, and Kenneth Omeruo, the last three remaining Super Eagles players to join up with the side, joined their teammates in evening workout at the gym.
Some concerns had been raised on radio shows back in Lagos about the dangers of allowing players go home for a break before a decisive game.
Rohr was not perturbed, saying: “I know my players, I trust my players. They know what our objective is.
“But they did not have a break before coming to camp. Their championships were not finished and our camp started before the FIFA window, so they needed to rest a bit.”