Former Nigeria international, Christian Chukwu insists that the Super Eagles must remain tactically disciplined against Libya Tuesday's return leg tie in Sfax.
The Libyans played very well in the first half of the game and troubled the Eagles defence on several occasions but the Nigerians held their own and were rewarded with a comfortable 4-0 win which has taken them to the second position in Group E with six points from three matches.
Chukwu who was the captain of the Green Eagles when the first Afcon title was won in 1980 on home soil revealed that even though Nigeria are at an advantage based on the first leg result in Uyo last Saturday the second leg tie will be difficult because the Libyans will be eager to prove a point.
“It was a good game for the Eagles last Saturday and the victory was massive for our desire to return to the competition we have been absent for the past two editions,” Chukwu told Goal.
“Accolades have been pouring in since the Eagles beat Libya but we must approach the second leg with some restraint to ensure another positive result is realised. The Eagles must be tactically disciplined and ensure that their minds are away from the first leg game. They must look beyond the result and concentrate more on their opponents.
“Even though we won the game 4-0 it wasn’t as if the Libyans did not try their best at all. They could have scored some goals had they been a little fortunate. The Eagles must be ready to fight from the beginning of the game to the end. The Libyans will like to come out and redeem their image having suffered such excruciating loss in Nigeria.”
He also admonished the Eagles technical crew not to tinker with the team selection too much ahead of the crunch tie and that Gernot Rohr should remind his players that the objective is to return Nigeria to the Afcon tournament after missing out in 2015 and 2017.
“We need to set our priority right. It is important that we qualify for the Afcon and this is what I expect the Eagles coach to continue to remind the players,” he continued.
“The Libyans will be dangerous because they are looking for a lifeline after the humiliation they suffered in Nigeria. They will want to come all out and the Eagles must try to resist all their overtures to ensure that a respectable result is achieved in Tunisia.”