Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr says he expects a challenging Africa Cup of Nations qualifier rematch against Libya on Tuesday despite his side’s one-sided victory at the weekend.
Odion Ighalo bagged a hat-trick as Nigeria thrashed Libya 4-0 in the southern town of Uyo on Saturday.
As both sides square up again in Sfax in Tunisia, the adopted home of war-ravaged Libya, Rohr said he expected the Libyans to provide a stiffer challenge as they seek to avenge the heavy loss.
“We need a big fighting spirit to beat Libya again,” he insisted.
“It will be a difficult game because after losing 4-0 in Uyo they will be aggressive, they want revenge.”
“We have to be stronger to win again. It’s not finished yet.
“Libya was not defensive (in Uyo) and they could also have scored. They played well, they were fighting.”
The 65-year-old Franco-German coach said the Super Eagles won because their strikers outran Libya’s flat-footed defense.
“Our quick strikers tried to be efficient against the slow defenders of Libya,” Rohr explained.
“We scored an early goal from good pressing and in the second half, they left space in their defense because they tried to score also and we had more opportunities to score.”
Nigeria is now second in Group E with six points from three matches, a point behind leaders South Africa, while Libya is third with four points.
Meanwhile, Turkey-based Ogenyi Onazi and Shehu Abdullahi have been ruled out of Tuesday’s match after picking up injuries.