Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr expects a tough battle against Seychelles in their dead rubber 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture billed for the Stephen Keshi Stadium Asaba on March 22.
The three-time African kings who top Group E with 10 points from five games are already through to Egypt 2019 after they were held to a 1-1 draw by hosts Bafana Bafana of South Africa in their qualifying fixture.
Rohr’s charges defeated Seychelles who will parade mostly part-time footballers 3-0 in the reverse fixture last year.
The tiny island nation are yet to record a win in the qualifiers and have conceded 22 times.
Rohr, who once managed the Nigerien and Gabonese national teams however believes Seychelles will still be a tough nut to crack for his team in Asaba.
“We are still expecting a tough match as Seychelles have managed to play 0-0 against South Africa,” Rohr told the Confederation of African Football official website.
“They know how to defend well. We must be wary as we play in Asaba on a small pitch on a lawn a little high. It will not be so easy in such a context to score many goals. It will take intelligence and creativity and build on the sides.”
Rohr also defends his decision to name a strong squad for the game which many has tagged as inconsequential.
The Super Eagles will also face the Pharaohs of Egypt in a friendly international three days after the game in Asaba and the German – born tactician is eagerly looking forward to the game.