Nigeria vs Tanzania: Rohr seeks winning start in dead rubber affair

Nigeria vs Tanzania: Rohr seeks winning start in dead rubber affair
The Super Eagles know they have a point to prove to win over their supporters ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign
The Super Eagles face the Taifa Stars of Tanzania on Saturday evening in an Africa Cup of Nations duel and, while the result of the match is not hugely significant, supporters will only be happy if Nigeria see off their foe in Gernot Rohr's first match in charge.
The Eagles played out a goalless draw with Tanzania when they last met in Sunday Oliseh's debut as Nigeria coach but were far from convincing and were fortunate to escape with a share of the spoils after the Taifa Stars missed many scoring chances.

Nigeria have a point to prove and, from the goalkeeping department to the attack, they must show desire and hunger from the off to convince the fanbase that they are primed to move on from the team's failure to reach the Afcon.

Despite coming late to the camp, Carl Ikeme will be the favourite to start ahead of Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Emmanuel Daniel, while the Tanzanians' two goalkeepers; Deogratius Munish (Yanga) and Aishi Manula (Azam FC) will surely be tested by the Eagles' fearsome forward line.
Rohr will doubtless encourage his side to express themselves offensively, but he has the defensive options to be confident of keeping a clean sheet against the Taifa Stars, where William Troost Ekong and Kingsley Madu should build on their fine Olympic campaigns alongside the likes of Leon Balogun and Musa Muhammed.

In midfield, John Mikel Obi will be the team's creative hub and the onfield leader, and it will be interesting to see who Rohr opts to play alongside the Chelsea man in the middle of the park, with the likes of Ogenyi Onazi and Wilfred Ndidi contenders to feature. Nosa Igiebor has returned to the fold, and it will be intriguing to see whether the German technical adviser can get the most out of the temperamental Israel-based playmaker.