Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr has revealed where the team must improve as they prepare to face South Africa in the quarter-final of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations.
Rohr’s men are on the back of an impressive come-back win over Cameroon and will be hoping to reach the semi-final for the first time since 2013, when the Super Eagles won the trophy.
The team have had mixed performances so far, with Rohr, ahead of the game, highlighting some problems in the side.
He said: ”Sometimes there is lack of communication between our players, between goalkeepers and central defenders, between central defenders and fullbacks, between fullbacks and wingers so we must do better in this department, in the communication especially in the defensive organization of our players.”
Meanwhile, the South African side are brimming with confidence ahead of the game after knocking out hosts Egypt in the second round.
Speaking ahead of the game, South Africa coach, Stuart Baxter, said that his side respects the Super Eagles, but are not afraid of them, adding that his back four will find a way to stop joint-top scorer, Odion Ighalo, from getting the ball
“We definitely respect the Super Eagles, but not afraid of them,” Baxter said in a news conference in Cairo on Tuesday.
“We don’t make plans to stop individual players, rather we will do it as a team. We will find a way of stopping the ball from getting to him (Ighalo). It is up to our back four to do that.”