Nigeria v Cameroon: Rohr Banking on Experience for Home Victory

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Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr says his side has a great chance of securing the crucial home victory in the World Cup qualifying double-header against Cameroon following the return of several key players.

The Super Eagles go up against the Indomitable Lions in rapid fire back to back clashes beginning September 1, and Rohr says the team’s chances are greatly boosted with the return of players such as captain Mikel Obi and Victor Moses.

“I discussed with the chairman of the technical committee and technical director about the match against Benin Republic and the preparation for Cameroon,” Rohr told Goal.

Gernot Rohr

Rohr wants the job done at home (Archive)

“We hope to do everything to win the first match in Uyo. We have a list of 29 players for the two games – 23 plus six players on the stand by because we could have problems.

“Some players will be playing in the UEFA Champions League and league matches, so we must be careful and be prepared because we could have problems either at their clubs or even in the first leg game in Uyo.

“We know that in these two games, we need at least three points and the best is to get it in the first game. To win the games, I think we have a team which is stronger than the last time with more experience because three other key players are back now.

“There is our captain (Mikel Obi), Leon Balogun and Victor Moses coming back. In each department of our team, we have key players returning and we need their experiences and talents.”

Nigeria are sitting at the top of World Cup qualifying Group B table with six points from two matches, while reigning African champions Cameroon are placed second with two points.

The Eagles could secure the sole ticket from the group after the second leg in Yaoundé if results go their way elsewhere.

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