13 November 2016

Algeria/Nigeria: Rohr Maintains Focus After Massive Algeria Win

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Liverpool's Cameroonian defender Joel Matip.

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr admits that journey to the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 is still a long way despite leading his troops to a 3-1 win over Algeria on Saturday in Uyo.

The result keeps the Super Eagles on top of Group B with six points, four more than Cameroon who were held to a 1-1 draw by Zambia on Saturday. Zambia and Algeria have a point each.

"We played a good match and got three points, but I want to say that there are more matches to play and we have to keep our focus.

"I praise the players for their spirit, for their dedication and for their discipline. They all did very well and I am happy at their output," said Rohr.

With the World Cup qualifying race on the recess till next year, the Franco-German revealed his immediate priority as he strategizes towards the future.

"We have a friendly against Egypt in Dubai in January, which will enable me to look at the home-based players, but I will continue to monitor the foreign-based players and we will see how we get matches for them on FIFA free dates."

Saturday's victory was Nigeria's 100th in the history of the World Cup qualifiers with plaudits for Rohr as this was his third straight right wins in as many matches after the 1-0 home win against Tanzania in August and 2-0 away win against Zambia in Ndola in October.

"I want to bring confidence, good organisation, team work, quality playing; and everybody behind the team's interest so that each players play for the team; and it's possible to live like a family," Rohr told CAFOnline.com.

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