Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr has urged the Super Eagles players to step up their game in Tuesday evening’s friendly against Tunisia at the Jacques Lemans Arena.
In their last outing, an early goal scored by Algeria’s Ramy Bensebaini condemned the Super Eagles to their first loss since the conclusion of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Franco-German tactician admits the absence of a number of first-team honchos somewhat weakened the texture of his band, but has challenged the squad to up the ante and show vibrancy, especially in the fore against the 2004 African champions.
Three key midfielders Wilfred Ndidi, Joe Aribo and Oghenekaro Etebo were unavailable for selection due to injuries and a fourth player Victor Osimhen was barred from reporting for international duty because the Napoli players were ordered into quarantine following three positive COVID-19 cases.
“We definitely must put up a greater effort against the Tunisians. It is an opportunity for some of the players to rise up to the occasion, stake a claim,” Rohr said.
“They are ready to go and I believe we would see a much better game on Tuesday.”
Nigeria beat Tunisia 1-0 to clinch third place at last year’s Africa Cup of Nations thanks to Odion Ighalo’s game winning goal in the third minute.