NFF president: Gernot Rohr will field best XI against Algeria – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 02, 2017. 17:00

Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick has emphasised that national team coach Gernot Rohr will pick his best available XI for the match against Algeria.

The Super Eagles will take on the North Africans in Constantine on November 10 for their final Group B 2018 World Cup qualifier, followed by a friendly against Argentina four days later in Russia.

Nigeria have already secured qualification for the 2018 finals, making the match against Algeria little more than academic. However, Pinnick insists the Super Eagles will field their strongest team.

“The temptation is there to rest on oars because we have already qualified,” the NFF president told his organisation’s official website.

“But we would not do that. I am happy the technical crew led by the Technical Adviser has already made it known they would be fielding Nigeria’s best squad on the day.

“The Secretariat must quickly finalise all arrangements. The match in Constantine must be seen as a FIFA World Cup preparation match, just like the one against Argentina in Russia four days later.

“We will go with our best and give our best, to get in the FIFA World Cup mood.”

While Nigeria will field their best available players, the likes of Odion Ighalo, Victor Moses and Elderson Echiejile are unavailable, while Leon Balogun is doubtful.


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NFF official: Nigeria do not fear Cameroon – African Football


Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Aug 03, 2017. 12:00

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have already began preparations for the Super Eagles’ titanic clash with their rivals Cameroon.

The two crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against Cameroon will be accorded high level of seriousness according to the NFF.

Barrister Chris Green, the NFF’s Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, says Nigeria do not fear the Indomitable Lions.

“Everyone involved in one arrangement or the other with regards to the matches,” Green said.

The Super Eagles are scheduled to host the reigning African champions on 31 August 2017, while Cameroon will welcome Nigeria on 4 September 2017.

“Including the technical crew, are working in tandem. We are approaching these matches with the seriousness it deserves,” he continued.

“The Cameroonians are the reigning champions of Africa; we respect them for that but that is where it ends. We have no reason to fear them.

“A few years ago, we were also the champions of Africa. We are in one accord with the players and the technical bench to achieve victory in both matches.”

Nigeria are sitting at the top of their qualifying group with six points with four matches left, while second placed Cameroon have two points.

Only the winners will qualify for next year’s World Cup finals which will be hosted by Russia between June and July.


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