Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has said it was crucial the Super Eagles beat Algeria on Saturday to openly disagree with his skipper Mikel Obi, who said he will accept a draw at home.
Mikel said he will accept a draw with visiting Algeria in Uyo.
But Rohr has maintained that it was important Nigeria won the maximum points at home at the expense of the team widely tipped to win the group.
“It is very important that we make the three points against Africa’s top team Algeria,” pointedly declared the Franco-German coach, who has been credited with a revival of the three-time African champions.
Rohr also spoke on the team’s three injury concerns – Shehu Abdullahi, Leon Balogun and Brown Ideye.
“We have three little injuries, we are careful (about managing them),” he said.
“Balogun has a knock on the knee, Ideye and Shehu have problems around the ankle.
“I hope they will be fit to train with the rest of the team.”