Head Coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Gernot Rohr has revealed that his players will play five friendly matches to prepare for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted by Cameroon in June next year.
Rohr who spoke to an audience at a TV breakfast show held in Lagos on Friday clarified that the March 2019 fixture against not so fortunate Seychelles in Gropu E, billed for the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba is a must-win tie for the Super Eagles stressing that: ”I want Nigeria to finish top of the group, irrespective of what Bafana Bafana of South Africa and the Libyans do with themselves,
“We will play to beat Seychelles very well,” he said.
”As I sit before you, I’m still struggling to pick the best players which I hope to use to whip Seychelles. No chance of parading any weakened side simply because we have qualified, ” Rohr added.
Rohr didn’t give any hint about who the Eagles’ other opponent in March will be, although he was confident that the team will play one friendly in March, where he hopes to make as many as six changes required for such friendly ties.
”In my plans to the NFF, I’m also proposing three friendly matches in May, since most of the clubs will end their season early in May. I hope to have between two to three weeks intensive training with the boys to knock them into shape for the Africa Cup of Nations.”