By Johnny Edward in Uyo:
Photo by Ganiyu Yusuf:
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has admitted that the quality wealth of experience of skipper Mikel Obi, Brown Ideye, Victor Moses, Carl Ikeme, Leon Balogun and Odion Ighalo will be sorely missed but he is banking on the emerging talents in his squad to deliver against Bafana Bafana in Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier here in Uyo, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Rohr is also wary of the threat the Bafana Bafana side poses against his side.
South Africa are unbeaten in their last 17 matches since their defeat to Angola in October 2015 but Rohr is upbeat about the Super Eagles’ chances.
“Without some of our important players in the team, we miss our captain (Mikel Obi) who is injured,” Rohr said during his pre-match press conference at the Ibom Le Meridien here in Uyo.
“We miss our goalkeeper as well. Also too we will miss a very important defender Leon Balogun who is not here, so we have reconstruct the team to beat South Africa
“It will not be easy to beat them.
“It is very difficult for me to name my starting eleven from the 24 players in camp because everyone is fit.
“We are in good spirits and for the players who were not invited I told them reasons why they can’t come and they understood me well.”
Rohr is confident his team will be up for any challenges ahead of the key qualifier.
He added: “It is important to have several options in a team where a player can solve two to three solutions because of injuries. I have a team that works round the clock. No pressure at all.
“We are relaxed ahead of this game The team is open to good players, we still look out for players in midfield and in attack.”
He also hinted that the experienced players in the squad stand a good chance of making the starting line-up despite the inclusion of the new players in the squad.