As the crucial World Cup qualifiers double header between Nigeria and Cameroon approaches, Bookers have it that true credentials of Boss, Gernot Rohr is likely to be tested.
These set of fixtures coming will personally be Gernot Rohr ’s toughest test as the Super Eagles coach and Technical director.
The truth about this overwhelming fixture is that Nigeria are going into this encounter as underdogs as Cameroon look a more dangerous side than the Super Eagles and that the Indomitable Lions are the current African champions, so a little respect must be shown to them.
Nigeria have been boosted with a lot of positive injury news as some of the key players are back from injuries and are also playing regularly for their club sides such as captain John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo, Leon Balogun and others.
These stars are expected to come back into the first eleven of the Eagles and add more experience against a very dangerous Cameroonian team.
Nigeria playing against Cameroon has been one of the key highlights of African football as this fixture has been has brought about controversies and great football with interesting score lines.
The Cameroon national last competitive match was in the Confederations Cup which they failed to register a single win out of the three matches they played against Chile, Germany and Australia in Group B.
Although they failed to impress at the competition, it was obvious why they were crowned African champions with the quality in their play that ended in bad luck and poor punishing.
For Nigeria, they were stunned by South Africa at their newly built Godswill Akpabio stadium in Akwa Ibom.
The Super Eagles were beaten by the Bafana Bafana by two goals to nil and it was obvious that the Eagles defense was a huge as the South Africans were far more clinical than their opponents.
This is the chance for Rohr to prove to Nigerian and the NFF board that he is the man to take the Super Eagles to the World cup and also prove that the wins against Zambia and Algeria earlier were not by luck or by fluke.
The Franco German will be extremely pleased with the returnees of key players back in the team.
He would know in matches like this will require experience to be successful because let’s face it, if the Eagles do not perform, the World cup ticket will become “more expensive”.
He will also face the fact that the defense of the team which includes the goalkeeping area will have to be on their game against the likes of Vincent Aboubakar and Mukanjo.
Also he will have to work on the centre halves, but with Leon Balogun back in action, He and Troost Ekong can hopefully perform on the day as they have done together every time they have been paired.
We wish the Super Eagles good luck in their blockbuster double header against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon as it promises to be a test for Gernot Rohr and his team.
by Abdulmueez Alao
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