Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has reacted to the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – CAF Second Round draw in which Nigeria will face Cape Verde, Central African Republic and Liberia in Group C.
The German said that Nigeria cannot afford to take these countries for granted, even if the group is widely regarded as an easy one.
Speaking to the Super Eagles Media Team, Rohr said : “We’ve three tricky opponents in Group C. A few years ago, Cape Verde were Africa’s best FIFA ranked team, Central African Republic have some good players in Europe and we played a friendly in Liberia recently that wasn’t easy…we’ve to be at our best against them”.
Nigeria’s Group C opponents are ranked outside the top 75 in the latest FIFA world ranking.
Meanwhile, Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi has insisted the Super Eagles must win their first match in the qualifying games in October.
“This is the World Cup, no room for complacency. Every game must be taken seriously.” He said.
“Our first game is going to be the most important as well as all our home games, and even away games. We must make it to the third round.”
Nigeria have qualified for six of the last seven World Cups, only losing out to Angola in 2006 based on head-to-head rule despite finishing on the same points with the Palancas Negras.