The Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has said the team will beat South Africa in Uyo on Saturday in honour of their former manager, Stephen Keshi, who died a year ago.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Rohr, while admitting the herculean nature of the match, said that he played against Keshi while playing for French Lique 1 side, Strasbourg.
“We will dedicate our win over South Africa to Keshi to mark the one year of his death. The boys will play this game with all their might to ensure we get a win in memory of the former coach of Super Eagles.
“Keshi was a committed person as a player‚ I played against him in the French league while he was with Strasbourg. He was a good leader and good coach. We will play for him.”
Meanwhile, Rohr said that despite starting well with Nigeria, he was going to face his sternest test in Bafana Bafana, but remains optimist of a good result.
“They are the strongest opponent I will face so far as [Super] Eagles coach because they have not lost a match over a long time‚” Rohr told reporters.
“I am also aware that they stopped Nigeria from getting to the AFCON in 2015‚ and that this match is very important to Nigeria.
“The game will be difficult. It will be a big challenge to beat the South Africans.
“It will be difficult with the young players that we have. Our captain‚ [John] Obi Mikel and our first choice goalkeeper [Carl Ikeme] are out of the match [with injury]‚” he added.
Meanwhile, the first edition of the Keshi Memorial lecture, organized by the Association of Professional Footballers of Nigeria (APFON) held in Benin on Wednesday.
The event held at the Petrol Workers Union Hall on the Benin City-Auchi Road and justice was done to the topic of Keshi as an icon by no other than Edo FA Chairman, Frank Ilaboya, who represented Mike Idoko, the guest speaker.
Ilaboya asked government to not only immortalize Keshi so as to encourage future stars but to use him to sign post the future of Nigerian football, because at a point he was playing with pain-killers and aggravating his knees, which over time caused his death.