VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Gernot Rohr, Manager of Nigeria gives his team instructions during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at Volgograd Arena on June 22, 2018 in Volgograd, Russia. (Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Super Eagles’ Manager, Gernot Rohr has said that his only mission in South Africa on Saturday is to pick the first AFCON ticket for Nigeria with one game to spare, reports.
The Franco-German equaled a 20-year record when he led the three-time African champions to earn a slot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals after a 1-0 defeat of Zambia in Uyo on 10th October 2017, scripting Nigeria’s name on the roster for Russia ahead of the final match day.
Rohr savoured accolades from far and near for his accomplishment and appears to love it and wants more, with the Super Eagles looking good to earn a ticket to the 2019 Africa Cup finals ahead of the final day of the series.
“Our mission in Johannesburg is simple: qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations. We are not thinking of anything else. We want the ticket in our pocket before the final match day,” Rohr said in Asaba.
Victory over South Africa in Johannesburg on Saturday will earn Rohr worthwhile space in Nigerian football history, alongside a young, ambitious squad that has grown in confidence after featuring at the World Cup and winning all three competitive games after that, scoring 10 goals and conceding only two.
The Bafana Bafana have much to worry about. Victories over Seychelles away and Libya home-and-away has catapulted Nigeria to top place in a pool the Bafana led comfortably, and should Nigeria win in Soweto on Saturday, the heat would be on the 1996 champions as they could be torpedoed for the second ticket by the ferocious Mediterranean Knights of Libya.