21 February 2017
Nigeria Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr has been advised by the Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) Technical Committee to field regular players in the international friendlies lined up for the national team.
The friendly matches are in order to prepare the Super Eagles for the 2019 AFCON and the 2018 World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and the Indomitable Lions of Cameroun.
Former Super Eagles Coach, Christian Chukwu who is also a member of the committee, explained the rationale behind the advice.
He said using the first choice players for the tune-up matches would give the Super Eagles’ handlers opportunity to detect the weaknesses of the team and also enable the team to blend properly before the qualifiers.
Chukwu, who believes the game against the Indomitable Lions at home would be tough for the Eagles, advised Nigeria to use the warm up games to prepare well for the task ahead. He added that the African Nations Cup has helped Cameroun to blend properly and also given the players the confidence they could beat any team.
Chukwu also urged Rohr to get the Eagles’ preparations right ahead of the qualifiers by inviting the right players to compete for positions in the team.
“I must warn that Rohr cannot assemble the Eagles just a few days to the South Africa and Cameroun ties and expect victory. The Camerounian team is more organized and united than the Eagles now,’’ Chukwu said.
“The reason is that after winning AFCON, the Camerounians have gained enough exposure and blended properly based on the series of games they played at the tournament.”