Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr has yesterday declared that both the players and officials are very much aware of the crucial nature of this weekend’s match to Nigeria’s presence at next Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). Speaking after yesterday’s training session attended by all 21 players available for the match, the Franco-German tactician made it clear that his boys are not vacationers looking for relaxation in Mahe Island, Seychelles “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 plane –loads of fun seekers trooping in on daily basis to spend good time relaxing on any of the major islands in the 115 islands that make up the archipelago. But Rohr insists his boys are not vacationers looking for relaxation.
“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.” However, Australian based Seychellois player, Alex Wawu has said that the Pirates of Seychelles are battle ready for Nigeria. “We are getting ready and thinking about the game. We are looking forward to the match,” Alex Wawu told Footballlive.ng. “We are going to play 100% and win. The Nigerian team is good but we will give our best.”
We want to redeem ourselves against Nigeria. We will play our game and hope for the best,” he declared.
Meanwhile, Trabzonspor star, Ogenyi Onazi has urged Nigeria football fans to give support to the national team.
“The Super Eagles should not take Seychelles for granted, and as such the fans’ support will be very crucial,” he said.
The 25-year-old player also acknowledged the harsh weather in Seychelles, “the weather here is hot and on a difficult pitch, you can’t take anything for granted,” says Onazi.
Onazi is expected to lead the Eagles out against Seychelles when both teams face on Saturday in the absence of Skipper John Obi Mikel.
Saturday’s Group E tie, which is one of the Matchday 2 fixtures happening across the African continent, will start at 4.30pm Seychelles time (1.30pm Nigeria time) at the 10,000 –capacity Stade Linite in Victoria on Mahe Island.