Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has assured Nigerians of victory against Zambia in Sunday’s 2018 World Cup qualifying game in Ndola.
Both countries, along with Cameroon and Algeria, will fight for the sole ticket in Group B in the African qualifying zone.
And Rohr is optimistic of his side’s chances against the 2012 African champions. He believes the quality of players at his disposal are good enough to beat any team.
The German expressed the optimism on Friday during the team’s interactive session with the media.
Iwobi To Lead Eagles Attack
The former Gabon tactician revealed that Arsenal forward, Alex Iwobi, would lead the attack against the Zambians on Sunday.
“We have six new players and three will perhaps start the game.
“You know that a player like Iwobi was injured last time. But we all know that he is a good player. And I hope his integration in the team will produce result in Ndola.
“The training has been good and we try to help and bring him into the team. He knows how we played in Uyo. And we cannot change tactically because the time is short.
“We have other strategies but similar with what we did in Uyo. And I count on Iwobi to help us win the game in Ndola.
“We must avoid the mistake in Uyo where we had 27 shots on goal but converted only one goal. This means that we must have a good attack and players who can score,” Rohr said.
Rohr Knows The Zambians
Most of the players of the Chipolopolo play their club football with either ZESCO United or Zanaco FC – two of Zambia’s top sides.
They are, thus, expected to be more compact than their Nigerian counterparts, who are mostly based in Europe.
But Rohr is not bordered about that. He hinted that they know what to expect as they’ve seen latest videos of the Zambians.
“We have secured the video clips of their last five games and have gone through them.
“We are also aware that they have changed coach and should expect a different thing. But the good thing is they are the same players.
“We know that they are very strong in attack. And we have worked on the best tactics to win them. But what is indisputable is that they are also a strong side.”
Zambia, like Nigeria, failed to qualify for the 2017 Africa Nations Cup. And many, including Rohr, believe they have a lot to prove.
“Having missed the Nations Cup, Zambia will want to make a statement with the World Cup qualifiers because they also want to win.