Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has revealed that the advantage his team has is playing on Sunday while their opponent Cameroon played on Tuesday ahead of Saturday’s AFCON 2019 Round of 16 showdown.
Nigeria’s upcoming fixture takes place six days after their last game in the group stage vs Madagascar played on Sunday, while Cameroon were in action on Tuesday, meaning they have only three days to prepare for the titanic battle.
“We have this little advantage that they played on Tuesday and we played on Sunday, so let us try to have an advantage physically and also mentally because everybody wants to do very well now,” Rohr told the Super Eagles Media team.
Nigeria have not lost to the five-time African champions in regulation time since 1989 and lead Cameroon in terms of head-to-head matches.
“There is something similar, we lost 2-0 at home to South Africa and then there was a Cameroon game. Now we lost against Madagascar 2-0 and it’s again Cameroon, so it can be a good omen, I hope so.
“Everybody wants to do well especially after this disappointment against Madagascar, we changed the team, we wanted to play with some other players to keep them in the rhythm of the competition.
“Now the best team has to start and to do the best to make Nigerians proud,” Rohr concluded.
Winner of the tie will advance to the quarterfinal stage.