Head coach of Nigeria’s Super Eagles Gernot Rohr, has revealed that the crucial 2021 Africa Cup of Nation’s (AFCON) qualifier game against Republic of Benin will be a hard nut to crack, following their recent performances.
The three-time African champions, Nigeria would battle the Squirrels at Porto-Novo’s Stade Charles de Gaulle on Saturday as the Michel Dussuyer’s men are on a five-game unbeaten run, having last tasted defeat against the Super Eagles in their first AFCON qualifying game in November 2019.
The german gaffer said, going by their opponent home form which saw Squirrels last tested defeat to Algeria in 2013, Rohr has warned his side to be battle-ready for the encounter.
Rohr also revealed Benin have all the players needed for the game as the country provided a private plane for their stars based in France to ensure they honour the match.
“Benin have not lost a match for eight years at home, the last time they lost was in 2013 so you can imagine that we want to be the first team to win there in eight years,” Rohr told reporters.
“It will not be easy, they have a very good defence, they were quarter-finalists in the last Afcon. They eliminated Morocco.”
The Super Eagles will take on Lesotho in their final qualifying game on Tuesday at Teslim Balogun Stadium Lagos.
Nigeria lead Group L of the qualifiers table with eight points from four games and victory over Benin or Lesotho will seal their place at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, scheduled for Cameroon.