By Albert Akota
Gernot Rohr will inform the Super Eagles stars to be wary of Brighton & Hove Albion loanee Percy Tau before his side trade tackles with South Africa in next month’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Johannesburg.
Tau showed how lethal he can be after coming off the bench to score against the Super Eagles in Uyo, a minute after coming off the bench as replacement for Tokelo Rantie.
The former Mamelodi Sundowns sensation is South Africa’s leading scorer in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with two goals.
Asked which South Africa players he’ll warn his team about, Rohr said they are all good, and the whole team plays at a high level. They scored brilliant goals against Seychelles at home.
“I particularly like Percy Tau, who has impressed me, but I know that Keagan Dolly from Montpellier is injured.’’
There were photos and videos of empty seats at South Africa’s last home game against Seychelles but Rohr expects fans to troop to the FNB Stadium on November 17 because of the rivalry between the two nations.
“The stadium looked really empty in that Seychelles game, but I expect more fans will come when South Africa faces Nigeria.
“I don’t know how many will come, but I believe there are also many Nigerians who stay in Johannesburg, and we hope many of them will come to support us.
“It is a big rivalry, with two of the biggest African teams meeting each other, and it will be a great game,’’ Rohr said.
South Africa’s 2-0 win in Uyo was their first victory over the Super Eagles in an official game.
Meanwhile, Uganda has confirmed the international friendly against Nigeria to be played at Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba on Tuesday 20th November 2018.
The Super Eagles will head back to Nigeria to face the Ugandans three days after a crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa in Johannesburg.
“The Uganda Cranes technical team will make use of the FIFA International break that runs from 12th-20th November by playing a high profile friendly with the former African Champions,’’ FUFA Communications Manager Ahmed Hussein stated.
“Matches between these two soccer giants have always been so close since time immemorial.
“A 30man contingent will depart on 18th November 2018 for the trip to Nigeria. The foreign based players in the contingent will then connect to their respective clubs after the friendly’’.
The Cranes of Uganda have become a bogey team for the Super Eagles, having won four of the seven international matches between the two countries, drawing one and losing two.