Gernot Rohr has predicted tomorrow’s AFCON qualifier will be the most difficult game against home team South Africa for his Super Eagles, who will be without several experienced stars.
Defender Shehu Abdulahi, goalkeeper Francis Uzoho and striker Odion Ighalo are sidelined by injury, while Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is suspended.
“This will be the most difficult match for this young team,” Rohr admitted.
“It’s more than a year since we played against South Africa and lost in Uyo.
“It’s a different team now with the experience of the World Cup and my young team will do a good match even if we’re missing four important players especially our goal scorer and goalkeeper.”
He added: “This young team can do very well, they have big motivation and we want to win.
“It’s an opportunity for them to step up and prove what they can do.
“They will fight and give their best.”
The three-time African champions are top of Group E with nine points from four matches, while South Africa are second on eight points.
Libya, who have four points, take on bottom team Seychelles with only the top two teams advancing to next year’s AFCON in Cameroon.
Kick-off time for the Super Eagles match in South Africa is 3pm Nigerian time, which is 2pm local time.