Gernot Rohr: Ex Super Eagles Coach Names Player Who Can Help Nigeria Secure AFCON Win vs Cameroon

Gernot Rohr: Ex Super Eagles Coach Names Player Who Can Help Nigeria Secure AFCON Win vs Cameroon

Ero Samson
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Nigeria and Cameroon are poised to renew their rivalry at the Africa Cup of Nations
  • The fixture is set to herald the knockout round of the tournament in Ivory Coast
  • A former Super Eagles coach has named a player who could help Nigeria seal victory

The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is poised to treat fans and spectators across the continent’s footballing scene to another cracker of a fixture.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria face off against perennial rivals Indomitable Lions of Cameroon. The clash between the West African neighbours is undoubtedly one of the stand-out clashes of the tournament, and little wonder the magnitude of buzz it continues to generate.

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Nigeria players form a huddle ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations match against Guinea Bissau. Image: Visionhaus.
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However, in the lead-up to the clash, former Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has pinpointed a player whom he believes will play a crucial role in securing victory against Rigobert Song's side.

Gernot Rohr on Nigeria’s clash

The 70-year-old manager, who spoke in an interview with media outlet OwnGoalNigeria, stressed the difficulty of the matches between both teams.

“The game has always been one that will always be top of Africa. So, it is not about tactics all the time. You need players who can stand up to the moment. It is really tense in these games against Cameroon.”

The Franco-German who oversaw Nigeria’s last AFCON victory over the Indomitable Lions further stressed:

“I will go for players with big characters and big personalities in big games. It is why I always have Moses Simon in my team for the game. He is a player for the big occasions because he really works hard for the team. He can be decisive on match day, he concluded.

The insights from the 2019 AFCON bronze-winning manager add another layer of intrigue to the upcoming clash, fueling speculation among fans about the ideal lineup for Jose Peseiro's team.

While predicting the perfect lineup might be challenging, one certainty is that the match promises to showcase the highest quality of football.

Peseiro speaks on Nigeria’s scoring woes

In a previous report, Sports Brief highlighted that Super Eagles manager Jose Peseiro has delivered a surprising response to his team's goal-scoring challenges.

The 63-year-old downplayed the significance of high-scoring matches, pointing to Senegal's success in 2021.

The Portuguese manager's comments have elicited mixed reactions from fans of the Super Eagles.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).