Christian Chukwu: ‘Super Eagles Morale High To Beat South Africa’

Christian Chukwu: ‘Super Eagles Morale High To Beat South Africa’

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Former Nigerian international Christian Chukwu says he expects Super Eagles to defeat South Africa based on the team’s current form.

The Super Eagles have won all of their games since exiting the World-Cup after their defeat to Argentina in Russia.

An away victory in Seychelles and back-to-back wins against Libya have taken the Eagles top of Group E.

South Africa defeated Nigeria for the first time in the first game of the qualifying series in Uyo last year.

The former coach of the Eagles is very confident the team can get their revenge at the FNB Stadium.

“For the matches we have played away we did well. We beat Seychelles which South Africa could not beat in their home. We beat Libya home and away so our morale is very high now,” he told Goal.

“And we are using that morale to face South Africa which I am sure will give us a good result.”

“Gernot Rohr must map out a strategy for us to beat South Africa because once we beat them we have qualified.

“Losing is out of it entirely, so what we are looking for is win or draw.

Odion Ighalo

Odion Ighalo, as well as Francis Uzoho, will miss the game because of injury but it should not affect the team according to Chukwu.

“It is not much of a concern because the team is not made of two people,” he continued.

“So we have other capable people waiting to get a chance and this is their chance maybe after they play we might not be talking about Ighalo and Uzoho again because that is football.

“Everybody is looking for an opportunity. The players that will replace them know that this is a big opportunity for them so I don’t have any fear.

On the absence of captain Mikel Obi since the World Cup and Victor Moses who retired from the national team the 57-year-old said:

“Mikel and Moses are not here and we are winning our matches, we won Libya. We have to know that one day a player must retire. Moses retired we should leave him to go, he knows himself.

“Mikel can be invited to boost the morale of the team but if he is not there to play he will give the younger ones a chance.

“There is always a time you have to leave to give chance for the younger once. I am sure there is a good replacement for him already. We have to move on,” he concluded.

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