SUPER EAGLES coach Gernot Rohr admitted at the weekend that much still needed to be done on his team to prepare for the qualifier match against Zambia for the Russia 2018 World Cup.
Both Zambia and Nigeria look for inspiration when they meet next month to remain in contention for the 2018 global show-piece after failing to qualify for the 2017 African Nations Cup.
Speaking after Nigeria managed a 1-0 defeat over Tanzania in a Gabon 2017 African Nations Cup qualifier, Rohr said that his striking force and defence still needed a lot of fine-tuning to get it in the right shape ahead of a trip to Zambia even though the team’s performance against the Taifa Stars was encouraging. He said the team needed to work hard if it was to get a positive result against the Chipolopolo Boys.
But Rohr said he was impressed with the new talent that he played in the Afcon qualifier, particularly with debutants Leon Balogun and Musa Mohammed.
“If there is anything I wasn’t happy about, it was the numerous chances we failed to convert. It shows we still have work to do in terms of scoring goals since we are creating the chances,” Rohr said.
He said he was impressed by the movement of the defenders, adding that he only needed to correct their positioning to get that area right before playing Zambia.The German however admitted that it would take the Eagles sometime to get back their rhythm, saying a team that failed to qualify for the Afcon needed confidence and that confidence was coming back gradually.
Nigeria will play its first Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia next month in Ndola.
Zambia is in Group B together with Nigeria, Cameroon, and Algeria in the World Cup qualifiers.