Coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria Gernot Rohr says his focus is on their immediate task, which is the AFCON 2019 qualifiers tie against South Africa and not the World Cup 2018 qualifiers against Cameroun.
Rohr made this known during a chat with Owngoalnigeria.com correspondent in Sagamu shortly after watching Niger Tornadoes beat Remo Stars 1-0 in a Nigeria Professional Football League game.
“I understand that Nigerians are concerned about our progress to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but don’t forget that we have not qualified for the AFCON since 2013 and the crucial game against South Africa is in June, so I want to focus on that,” Rohr said.
The German reasons that a good showing against South Africa will also serve as a morale-booster when the Indomitable Lions come calling in August.
“We have six months between now and August when we play Cameroun. Between now and then we are going to play two friendly games, as well as the qualifier against South Africa. If we do well in those games, it will help our confidence against Cameroun,” Rohr says.