Super Eagles must show tactical edge to defeat Libya - John Obuh

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Gernot Rohr’s men will take on the north Africans in October's back-to-back duels and needs good results to raise their qualification hopes

Nigeria must prove to be tactically better to claim good points against ‘tough’ Libya in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations back-to-back qualifier encounters, according to John Obuh.

The Super Eagles welcome the Mediterranean Knights to the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo on Saturday before travelling for the return leg two days later in Tunisia.

Heading into the doubleheader, the north Africans top Group E log with four points from two games, while Super Eagles sit in the third position with three points from same number of matches.

Though he acknowledges the quality in Adel Amrouche’s side, the tactician insists Gernot Rohr’s men have all it takes to subdue the table-toppers, not only in Uyo but over the two legs.

“I just want to believe that the players invited for the Libyan game understand the importance of the match,” Obuh told Goal.

“Libya are above us just like South Africa. Playing them first in Nigeria, only three points will make a huge difference before we go for the second leg - we should be in a comfortable position.

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"It is going to be a little bit tougher but no matter the nature of the game, I expect us to win because some players that missed the first match will be around now and we will have a better match than we had against Seychelles or South Africa. 

“Definitely, there will be some tactical intelligence in the Libyan side because they have a good coach. But I will want to believe that the quality and whatever he is going to give to the team depends on the quality of the players he will present.

“It is coach versus coach, and players versus players. No matter what tactical plan they are going to come out with. I want to believe that our quality team and coach should be able to withstand them. We must prove that we are tactically better. We must show the edge to win.”

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