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Super Eagles want to please Lagos fans, won’t underrate Lesotho – Rohr

SUPER Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has stated that the team will put on a show on Tuesday evening to entertain fans at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.

Rohr’s side face Lesotho in the Nigerian team’s first match in Lagos in 20 years and the German has promised a pleasurable experience for the few thousands that will be allowed to attend.

“We want to finish well with a good match,” Rohr said. “We have not lost a qualifier since June 2017. But we never underrate any opponent. We know that Lesotho have a very good defence and they have nothing to lose. So the match won’t be easy but we’re ready for a good fight and a good match.”

The match, the final fixture in the qualifying series for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations, offers Rohr the chance to test some of his fringe players as the Super Eagles have already qualified.

“We will change a little bit but I want to bring the best team,” he explained.

“We’re already preparing for the World Cup qualifiers which will start in June. We will be here again at the end of May to play the match against Liberia and then we go to Central African Republic. Already it’s a preparation. We don’t have so many games, so I cannot give everybody a chance. Some of our players are still missing like Moses Simon and Samuel Kalu.

“There is already space to see other solutions like we saw in Benin Republic. The team is ready, they want to do very well to please the Lagos fans.”

This is the first time Rohr will be leading his team out in sometimes intimidating Lagos, but he insisted that his players would be up to the task.

He added: “The first thing is the pitch is OK. You know that we’re a team without any home at the moment. We go to Asaba, then Benin City, then we go to Uyo. We come to Lagos now, maybe Abuja next, I don’t know. 

“What we have to do is adapt to each stadium and each pitch. They’re professional players and they know that in Africa it’s not exactly the same conditions to play. They know it now, we have a bit of experience. What is important now is a good match to finish the competition.”

The match kicks off at 5pm, the same time Sierra Leone and Benin Republic start their battle in Freetown for the group’s second ticket.

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