- Nigeria vs Seychelles will take centre stage at the Stephen Keshi stadium, Asaba, Delta state on Friday March 22
- Nigeria's Odion Ighalo is presently the joint top scorer in the AFCON qualifying series with six goals
- Coach Rohr believes that it is important for the former Watford hit-man end the qualifying series as the leading scorer
Nigeria’s Super Eagles held their last training session at the main bowl of the Stephen Keshi stadium in Asaba on Thursday, March 21, ahead of their AFCON qualifier against the Pirates of Seychelles.
The players took a moment to pray before the training session commenced on Thursday evening. Photo credit: Emmanuel Osodi.
All 23 invited stars took part in the intense training session as the players were put through their fitness and aerial duels.
All the invited players took part in the training session. Photo credit: Emmanuel Osodi.
Coach Gernot Rohr has tagged this game as the more important of the two games the Super Eagles are scheduled to play in the international friendly window.
Nigeria play host to Seychelles in a dead rubber AFCON 2019 qualifier on Friday, March 22, before squaring up against 7-time African champions Egypt in an international friendly four days later.
Rohr believes this match is more important than the friendly encounter against Egypt. Photo credit: Emmanuel Osodi.
But according to Rohr, it is important to finish the AFCON qualifiers on a high note and also important for Nigeria’s striker Odion Ighalo to finish as top scorer of the AFCON qualifiers.
Speaking in the pre-match press conference attending by Legit.ng reporter, Rohr said: “Of our two games this period, the game against Seychelles is more important.
"We need to finish this qualifier strong and also it will be nice to see Odion Ighalo finish as the top scorer in the competition.
Rohr says it would be nice to see Ighalo (joint top scorer with six goals) finish as top scorer in the qualifying series. Photo credit: Emmanuel Osodi.
“He is currently on 6 goals alongside a player from Burundi but we would love to see him score against Seychelles and move up to the top. This will help boost his confidence.”
Super Eagles booked their place for AFCON 2019 after a 1-1 draw against South Africa away from home last year. Now, they have to play for pride when they welcome the Pirates of Seychelles.
In the build up to the game, Legit.ng came up with a list of players who are likely to influence the flow of the game, and Arsenal midfield player, Alex Iwobi, was one of the players tipped to shine.
Alex Iwobi of Arsenal is one of the players tipped to shine in the qualifying match. Photo credit: Emmanuel Osodi.
The 22-year-old has been impressive for his Premier League side this season under new boss Unai Emery.
Iwobi has scored four goals and bagged four assists for the Gunners in as many games across different competition, and will be expected to replicate his form in England for his national team this weekend.
Below are some other pictures from the training session as captured by the Legit.ng crew on ground in Asaba, Delta state.
Etebo, Osimhen in training
Super Eagles stars in training
Super Eagles stars in training
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