Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr, alongside his assistants took charge of the team final training session On Friday at the Stade Linite ahead of Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying encounter with underdog Pirates of Seychelles.
The training session which lasted for one hour had all the 21 players available for selection.
While speaking to thenff.com Friday evening ,The Former German international said the officials and players are aware of the importance of the game to Nigeria’s ambition of qualifying for the Afcon having missed out in previous two editions and are leaving no stone into for the Nations flag will hosted at the next edition in Cameroon come summer of 2019.
“Everyone realizes the importance of this match. We are currently number three in our group and that position does not befit Super Eagles of Nigeria. It is not good for us because it is outside the qualification range.
“The players know this. They know that on Saturday they have to show character to put our campaign back on track with a good result.”
Seychelles is a leading tourist destination with fun seekers coming in on daily basis to spend good time relaxing on any of the major islands in the 115 islands But Rohr made it clear his boys are not in the mood holiday.
“We are not here on vacation. We are here for serious business.
“We have a young, ambitious team and Nigeria has a better pedigree in the game of football than Seychelles. But we must not under-rate them in any way or take things for granted.
“The World Cup is behind us now, but we must allow the lessons we learnt in Russia to make us better and more efficient in our approach. The Cup of Nations is the focus now and we must get a good result on Saturday to get our campaign back, and then we can now look ahead with determination to win the remaining matches in our group to qualify easily for the championship.”
Today’s Group E tie between Nigeria and Seychelles schedule for 4.30 p.m. Seychelles time (1.30 p.m. Nigeria time) at the 10,000 -capacity Stade Linite in Victoria on Mahe Island.