World Cup qualifiers: Rohr anticipating tough challenge against Cape Verde on Tuesday

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr is anticipating a tough challenge from Cape Verde when both countries square off for their second 2022 World Cup qualifying fixture.

Nigeria had beaten Liberia 2–0 in Lagos on Saturday, thanks to a brace from star forward Kelechi Iheanacho. They will now travel to face Cape Verde on Tuesday and Rohr is aware of the threats posed by the Blue Sharks.

Meanwhile, nine UK-based players, including Iheanacho, will not make the trip because Cape Verde is included in the British government’s red-list for coronavirus.

“Nine players are leaving so there will be another team. It’s not easy to beat another team in only two days and also to play on synthetic pitch especially after playing on a dry grass,” Rohr said.

“Now we have to beat another team so it’s a challenge for the staff and the players. But we have to show our solidarity and for the players coming in now, who will be 20 going for the game.

“We will have to manage the situation and I believe our team will put in another good performance even knowing it will be a more difficult game than Liberia.”

Super Eagles legend, Daniel Amokachi had also said he’s expecting a difficult challenge against Cape Verde.

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