Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has revealed that his heart is set on a friendly with Ghana next month to help the Super Eagles prepare for the 2018 World Cup qualifier against African champions Cameroon.
According to the German tactician, the clash with the Black Stars would make the Super Eagles mentally tough and give them the needed victory over Cameroon, who won Africa’s flagship competition in Gabon last week.
The Eagles are top of Group B with six points after winning their first two games against Zambia and Algeria.
Cameroon are second with two points, four points adrift of the Eagles but would be willing to close the gap by winning the game.
Rohr has stated the importance of playing friendly matches against top side Ghana before facing Cameroon.
“We are fresh and will be happy to be together in March for the two friendly games we will play and, talking about that, we want to have two big, friendly games; one against one of the biggest teams in Africa, Senegal, who were unlucky to lose on penalties at the AFCON. We will play them first in London in March, which will be a big test for us.
“The second team could be Ghana or Morocco, because they play very good football too. So, we will play these friendly games before facing South Africa, which is very important, because we are not only focusing on Cameroon.
“This is why I think the friendly with Ghana will be interesting, because not only are they similar in language but also in terms of football,” said Rohr, who has been mandated to ensure the Super Eagles qualify for Russia 2018.
Achieving that feat would mean overcoming the other foes – Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia – in the ‘Group of Death’.
The former defender, who became an iconic figure at Bordeaux during his playing days, got off to a winning start with Nigeria, beating Tanzania 1-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier