Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr and William Troost-Ekong are confident the Super Eagles will secure the three points against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone.
Four days after blowing away their 4-0 lead to settle for a 4-4 draw at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Super Eagles will play the 2nd leg of the Group L 2021 AFCON qualifiers in Freetown.
The team arrived Sierra Leone on Monday afternoon then trained at the Siaka Steven Stadium ahead of the game.
The Eagles will be hoping to put behind them Friday’s shock 4-4 draw towards the Leone Stars in Benin City.
Despite taking a comfortable 4-0 lead, the Leone Stars fought back to share the spoils .
And talking after the Eagles’ coaching session on Monday, Rohr stated he is assured his player will emerge with the three points.
“The expectations are to have a good match.
“We have discovered the condition of the stadium, the grass, also the hot weather.
“The travelling was okay, little bit long, but I think we can recover until the game and of course our objective is to win the game.
“We wanted to secure four points from the two matches to qualify which is still possible.
“I believe in my team, I think we can do it but it will be difficult like I said before the last match, we saw it in the second half that they have a good team.
“But we can play very well, we showed it in the first 30 minutes (in Benin).
“We want to play like that, playing forward, scoring goals but defending better than we did the last time.
“We have confidence and Nigerians should believe the players will fight and they will give their best.
” I think we are ready for this match.”
Rohr who disclosed that apart from Victor Osimhem who will be missed there are no injury worries.
Osimhen, scored Super Eagles second goal in the reverse first leg at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium but dislocated his shoulder and had to return to his club Napoli.
“We will miss Osimhen perhaps another change in the team but the players that will get the chance tomorrow will fight until the end of the match.”
“No injury except the one by Osimhen we will miss him but other players are here to come in.”
Also, William Troost-Ekong said they are not underestimating Sierra Leone
He said:”We are ready, we just finished a good practice session and everyone’s ready for the game tomorrow.
“We prepare like any other game with this team (Sierra Leone) we don’t under-estimate anyone and if we can just bring what we did in the first half of the last game and make sure we keep concentrated and see out the game, I think we have a good chance to do what we need to do.
“They (Nigerian fans) will see a team that is very hungry to get the win here.
“We want to qualify as soon as possible and it is up to us to do it tomorrow.
The Watford defender refused to condemn the Siaka Stevens stadium in Freetown.
“We are use to everything, we are Africans we’ve been to Asana, we’ve been to Benin and Uyo and this pitch is like any other pitch we will get in Africa so it’s no surprise for us, we will be ready to face them.”
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