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Not even ‘troublesome’ Libya can stop Nigeria - Henry Nwosu

19:10 EAT 09/10/2018
The former Nigeria international is confident that Gernot Rohr's men will topple the Mediterranean Knights in Saturday's game in Uyo

Nigeria will defeat ‘troublesome’ Libya in their 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers doubleheader, says ex-international Henry Nwosu.

After a false start in the qualifiers - losing 2-0 to South Africa - the Super Eagles defeated Seychelles last month to brighten their chances in Group E.

They face group leaders Libya twice in four days, with the first tie at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium on Saturday before a visit to Algeria for the reverse fixture.

However, Nwosu does not see any upset being caused by the Mediterranean Knights over both legs as he also expect Gernot Rohr's side to see off their remaining oppositions.

“I know Libya have always been a troublesome country for Nigeria when it comes to football but with the way it is now I think our boys will be ready to give them what it takes to qualify because we are trailing so we must do everything humanly possible to see that we win this game,” Nwosu told Goal.

“South Africa too is there and we are supposed to beat them and I can't see us playing any draw with any team again.

“The boys and the coaches have shown that they are ready to go and, as such, I don't see any team giving us problem now, whether it is at home or away. But we must be very careful.”

Rohr called up four midfield players with captain John Obi Mikel left out for the second and third consecutive games and Nwosu, also a midfielder during his days, urges the available players to step up to the challenge.

“Mikel is not there, no problem and [Victor] Moses has said he is not playing again - that is a minus on our side. But that would make the other guys step up.

“I once played football and anything I was put on the bench to come in later, I go inside to show that I should have started this match and that's what I expect of our boys that'd be playing.

“They should show Nigerians that ‘look, if Moses is not there, if Mikel is not there, we can do better’. So that by the time they come back they will be struggling to enter the team.”