THE Super Eagles will take on the Lone Star on Saturday (today) for the 16th time in history in a Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying fixture and victory would put them firmly in sight for the playoffs, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
The Eagles have won 10 of their last 15 encounters losing three wins and drawing two.
The three-time African champions sit top of Group C with two games left to play having recorded three wins and a defeat in their opening four games as against their hosts who have only one win and three defeats from the same games played.
Gernot Rohr has acknowledged that a fourth win of the campaign could likely see his side progress to the playoffs if second-placed Cape Verde fails to beat the Central African Republic in Mindelo on Saturday (today).
The Franco-German boast an impressive run with the Eagles on the road and he will be eager to continue the run when they face the Lone Star at the Stade Ibn Batouta in Tangier, Morocco.
Rohr has played 11 games away in the African Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifiers and he is yet to lose a game. The 68-year-old has recorded four draws and eight wins.
The Franco-German won four AFCON qualifying games away against Benin Republic 1-0, Seychelles 3-0, Libya 3-2 and Lesotho 4-2. He drew goalless with Sierra Leone and guided his team to a 1-1 draw with South Africa.
In the World Cup qualifiers, Rohr defeated Zambia 2-1 in his first qualifying game in Ndola and churned out wins against Cape Verde and the Central African Republic. The games ended 2-1 and 2-0 respectively while he recorded 1-1 draw against Cameroon and Algeria.
Speaking at his official pre-match news conference, the Nigeria manager reiterated that his side is in “a good moment” but while emphasising his squad’s motivation, also warned against complacency.
“We have a squad of players, any of whom are more than comfortable to play and are playing well,” he said.
“But also those moments are dangerous because, if we get any sense of complacency, we are going into a game that will be a challenge.
“It is a high level of motivation but also guarding against a feeling we are better than we are. We are getting a good set of results because we are working hard for each other.
“The challenge of Liberia on Saturday will be different. We can’t drift.”
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