Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has admitted that his team will miss four key players in their Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa, but is banking on the newIy invited players to fill the voids.
Rohr will be without injured trio of Abdulahi Shehu, Francis Uzoho, Odion Ighalo while Wilfred Ndidi is suspended for the game due to two yellow cards.
He expects Villarreal’s winger Samuel Chukwueze, Victor Osimhen, Theophilus Afelokhai and Mikel Agu to fill the voids.
The German tactician also believes his young team has evolved well from their matchday-1 dfeat at home to South Africa in Uyo 17 months ago.
“Three injured players and one suspended, its difficult to play without them,” Rohr told journalists in Asaba.
“We are missing our right-back, Shehu, Ndidi is missing through suspension and injuries to our goalkeeper (Uzoho) and our goalscorer (Ighalo).
“So it’s a lot, but we will try to go to South Africa with some new players.
“We lost to South Africa a long time ago – over a year ago, but my young team now have experience of the World Cup and I believe they are able to play a good match even if we are missing four key players especially the goalkeeper and the goalscorer.
“Training sessions were good and we are well prepared.”
The Super Eagles squad is expected to fly out of the country from Benin, Edo State later today (Thursday) aboard a charter Air Max to Johannesburg.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles need a point to secure a berth in the 2019 AFCON tournament in Cameroon next summer.