Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr has confessed that the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon are in a better shape than Nigeria ahead of their back to back 2018 World Cup qualifiers next month, reports owngoalnigeria.com.
Nigeria are currently leading Group B of the Africa 2018 World Cup qualifying series with six points, four more than second placed Cameroun, their next opponent when the qualifiers resume in September.
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Rohr said Cameroon have played more games than Nigeria in the year leading to the game and that will naturally give them a physiology edge over Nigeria.
“I am not afraid… we are not afraid playing against Cameroon. They are a good team, of course, but I think if we are able to win the first game, we will see what will happen in the second game.
” The problem is that Cameroon has physiological advantage, Since after winning the AFCON they have played 13 games or 14, no 13 games I mean, while we have played only three, they are really a team now and we have to be able to present a team in a few days to beat them.”
A win and a draw in the two games will all but assure Nigeria of a place in Russia with 10 points.
A win and a loss should also put Nigeria in good stead for qualification, given that they have a home game against Zambia, a team the Eagles beat away from home in the opening game of the qualifying series. In that scenario, the Eagles will end with an unassailable 12 points, while the highest Cameroon and Algeria can get are 11 and 10 points respectively if they win their remaining games.