Nigeria plot for Zambia


SUPER Eagles coach Gernot Rohr says he has already mapped up a strategy to beat Zambia on October 9 in Ndola and collect maximum points for Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier.

Rohr said the Supper Eagles were about to enter into camp in a fortnight’s time ahead of the match in Ndola at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.

Eagles’ media officer, Toyin Ibitoye said the Super Eagles camp would open on October 3 for preparations against the Chipolopolo with the list of players that will be summoned for the crucial encounter before the end of this month.

The list was likely to contain high performers in various leagues with a bias towards the players who featured in the concluding AfCON game against Tanzania in Uyo.

According to Nigerian media, Ibitoye said Rohr was expected to release the list of the players for the match before the end of the month.

Ibitoye said the only likely additions were Arsenal forward, Alex Iwobi and Portugal-based Oghenekaro Etebo, who did not participate in the Tanzania game because of injuries.

“The Eagles camp for the World Cup qualifier will open in Abuja and the coach has already mapped out strategies to win the opening game,

“Most of Nigeria’s players are in top form in their various clubs, which delights the coach, as it would ensure we have a team that would give Zambia a good fight,” said Ibitoye

Meanwhile Rohr is set to meet with Nigeria’s former captain, Vincent Enyeama, with a view to convincing him to return to the national team after the Lille goal-minder’s decision to quit international football.

After the last match against Tanzania in Uyo, Rohr hinted that he would try to get Enyeama and Turkey-based striker, Emmanuel Emenike to return to the national team, saying that the country needed all its best legs for the World Cup qualifiers.

The green light required for former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama to return to the squad ahead of Nigeria’s first game against the Chipolopolo has been secured following an approval by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) not to stop him.

The game is Chipolopolo Boys’ first of the group phase, which would also see them meeting Cameroun and Algeria on a home and away basis.