Nigeria’s Alexander Iwobi makes a pass during the African Cup of Nations qualifier match between South Africa and Nigeria on November 17, 2018 at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. (AFP)
Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has disclosed that the Nigeria team is the best disciplined he ever managed in Africa. Rohr has managed Tunisia, Niger, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Gabon in his coaching career.
“Africa is very special, it is different. We need a lot of discipline, organization and collective spirit.”
“Each player must forget his star status at club level. He is a player among other players in our team. He must fight for his country.”
“The experience I had in Tunisia, Niger, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Gabon was very important for me personally.”
In Nigeria, it is a little bit different for me. Not only the language, but also they have more discipline than the Francophone countries. That’s why am happy to work with this young team.”
Also the Nigeria’s Super Eagles have booked their place in the 2019 African Cup of Nations after being forced to a 1-1 draw by South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in yesterday’s qualification match at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.
The Super Eagles opened scoring in the 9th minute after a cross by Samuel Kalu was deflected into the net by Bafana Bafana defender, Buhle Mkhwanazi. The South African response was fast as Percy Tau caught the Super Eagles napping and laid on for Mothiba Lebo to level on 26th minute.
In the 35th minute, Nigeria should have regained the lead after Kelechi Iheanacho was through on goal with only Itumeleng Khune to beat. A poor touch, however, allowed his effort to be blocked.
No further goalmouth action followed and the teams went into the break locked at 1-1.
In the second half Kenneth Omeruo then had an excellent chance for Nigeria to take the lead but could only head wide when hitting the target seemed an easier option.
Ahmed Musa was denied a goal as the lines incorrectly ruled him offside. It was the second time the Eagles were denied.
Nigeria remain top of the group with 10 points. South Africa now need to draw or win against Libya when they clash in March 2019 for the final round of the qualification games. Libya hammered Seychelles 8-1 in the other game. A win for them will see them join Nigeria as the second group B ticket holder for the AFCON 2019 tournament. The Super Eagles will be at home to Seychelles who have conceded 22 goals in their five group games and prop up the table with one point.