Gernot Rohr on his charges being happy to face Cameroon
Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr and Udinese defender William Troost-Ekong attended the mandatory pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday's evening blockbuster clash against Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Rohr acknowledged that the Indomitable Lions are one of the top footballing sides in Africa and has stressed that his players are not shying away from facing the defending champions.
The Super Eagles were the bookmaker's favourites to top Group B and were on course to achieving the target but surprisingly lost 2-0 to Madagascar in their last match.
''It is a great football match for everybody and we are happy to play the game, we are happy to qualify for the second round,'' Rohr told reporters, including All Nigeria Soccer.
''Cameroon are one of the best teams at the Afcon and this could be a final but it is a Round of 16 match, and we are preparing very well.
''We had the time this week to recover well to have good training sessions and also some good meetings with the players to see how the Cameroon team play.''
The German added: ''Now the moment has come tomorrow to show to Nigerians that the last match was an accident, it's a very exciting game, all the players must be happy to play such a game.
''The time of playing football is so short that they have to enjoy these great matches.
''I want to see, of course, fighting spirit because now a new tournament is beginning and each match is so important. I am sure they will give all their best to make Nigerians proud.''
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