The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr, have been having sleepless nights immediately the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon became African Nations Cup champions.
Nigeria, Cameroon, Zambia and Algeria are in the same World Cup African qualifying group. Although Nigeria is leading the group, the determinant factor appears to be the two-legged encounter between Nigeria and Cameroon in August.
Reports reaching us have it that NFF has engaged the Nigeria Embassy staff in Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon, to help monitor some of their local players with video tapes of matches played.
Rohr, on the other hand, has engaged the services of three French coaches to study the match tapes of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, and come up with the best approach on how to play the World Cup qualifiers in August.
Rohr, who is currently in France, said that the Cameroon head coach is seriously monitoring Nigeria’s foreign-based players, especially Alex Iwobi, Victor Moses, Kelechi Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa.
In order to keep the Super Eagles in shape for the August crucial match, the NFF has gotten approval for the two international friendlies fixed for next month in London.
The first is against the Teranga Lions of Senegal on March 23rd and March 27th against the Stallions of Burkina Faso at the Barnet FC of England’s Stadium.
Meanwhile, the newly-crowned African champion, Cameroon, have lined up a friendly with the Tunisian national team, the Carthage Eagles, at the Mustapha Ben Jannet Stadium in Monastir on March 24th.
By Felix Simire