Gernot Rohr has revealed where the Super Eagles will host their home qualifier against Lesotho next month.
The German technician has been traveling around the country identifying a good city to host their crucial game against the Cosafa nation. Nigeria need a win from their remaining two qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho to progress to the continental showpiece in Cameroon next year.
In their opening qualifier against the Crocodiles, the West Africans came back from a goal down to win 4-2 in Maseru before a 2-1 win against Benin at home in match day two.
Back-to-back draws against Siera Leone put the manager under immense pressure and criticism from local fans who were especially infuriated by a 4-4 home draw where Nigeria squandered a 4-0 lead in their own backyard to get a single point.
After doing several inspections, Rohr told the media that he is confident that the stadium and all facilities will be ready for the showdown. The Super Eagles are the outright favourites to take all three points in this encounter , but they must first overcome a tricky Benin three days before hosting coach Thabo Senong and his troops in Lagos.
“Yes, it’s official. We will play in Lagos against Lesotho on March 30, for the sixth and final day of qualifying for the next Afcon.
“It will probably be in an empty stadium. Teams are working on the lawn. I inspected it all. The traffic in Lagos is terrible, but we are promised an escort between our hotel and the stadium, or even to close the road to allow us to avoid traffic jams.
“The other day, I took an hour to make the trip. It’s a bit much before a game. The idea of playing in Lagos is good for the players. Some do not know this city at all, this is the case of Leon Balogun, Aribo or others, who were born in Europe.”
He went on to explain that this will be a good experience for some of his players who will be visiting the city for the first time in their lives.
“They will discover this crazy city, with 19 million inhabitants. It is important that we have security, escorts to move around and a good lawn to play. We are working on all these aspects.
“We know that a lot of work is done, that the lawn is watered every day and that machines have been ordered to mow the grass well.
“As for hotels, there is no problem, there are a lot of them in Lagos. We will have the fitness at the hotel, which we did not have on the previous day in Benin City.
“We will be very close to Benin. We risk making the trip to Cotonou, where we play our match day five game on March 27, by boat, because the road is not good and the crossing only lasts two hours.”
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