Rohr pursues record breaking win over Seychelles tomorrow asking his players to attack from the first whistle

SUPER Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has asked his players to aim for a goal fest in tomorrow's African Nations Cup qualifier against Seychelles by attacking the opponents from the very first blast of the referees whistle.


Although the match is just academic as Nigeria have already qualifies for the 2019 Nations Cup in Egypt, the Super Eagles have to go through the formality of hosting the Pirates of the Seychelles. Considered the minnows of the group, the Pirates only have one point and have conceded 22 goals in their five matches so far.


When the two teams met in their first leg away in the Indian Ocean in September, the Super Eagles beat Seychelles comfortably by three goals to nil. Seychelles have conceded 11 goals in their two away games in the qualifying series, shipping five against Libya and six against South Africa.


Nigeria takes on the small island nation in Asaba, the Delta State capital tomorrow and Mr Rohr has asked his players to see if they can better both results. In their last match at home to Libya in November last year, Seychelles simply crumbled, losing the game 1-8 in front of their own fans.


Mr Rohr said: “I want to see the team go forward to score goals on a pitch which is not the biggest. We want to find spaces tactically behind this defence of Seychelles.


“It will not be easy as they have prepared their team very well since the beginning of March in Ethiopia and they have had a long preparation.”


Nigeria's biggest victory ever in an international game was a 10-win over the then Dahomey in 1959. It appears that Mr Rohr is aiming to match that record tomorrow as he has a full squad to pick from barring a few absentees like Mikel Obi and Kelechi Iheanacho.


After Friday's game, the Eagles will host Egypt in a friendly game at the same Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba as the team steps up its preparations for the African Nations Cup. Both teams are preparing for the tournament which starts on June 21 and for which the group draw will take place on April 12.