Rohr ‘confident Zambia will fall’

Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr insists he is not overly concerned by Zambia’s late charge in Group B of Africa’s World Cup qualifying campaign.

Zambia beat Algeria twice inside four days to move to seven points, three behind Nigeria, who took four points from their two games with Cameroon.

A reinvigorated Chipolopolo side now visit Uyo in Nigeria on October 7 in one of the group’s penultimate set of matches.

Having watched on television Zambia beating 1-0 in Algeria on Tuesday, Rohr says he remains confident that the Super Eagles will fend off the challenge of the Southern African nation.

“I am not under any pressure at all. I watched the game and I am very confident the Zambians will fall when they come to Nigeria,” he told AOIFootball.


“I will stick to the same tactics that saw us see off Cameroon. I see no reason to change a winning team as the boys were fantastic and we must continue to work well as a team to ensure we have a proper team ahead of the World Cup in Russia next year,” he added.

Head coach of Algeria, Lucas Alcaraz, has also backed the Super Eagles to book their spot in Russia at the Copper Bullets’ expense.

“Zambia has a balanced squad with a blend of youngsters but I don’t think they can make it for the World Cup in Russia,” he said.

“I know it was an interesting result in Cameroon, which gives hope to other teams, but still the momentum is with Nigeria.  

“Zambian coach (Wedson Nyirenda) has a good team but I think he should concentrate on building a strong team with the focus on qualifying for the 2022 World Cup,” he added.

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