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'We didn't want to take risks'

Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr admitted that he didn’t want to take any risks, as they knew a draw would be good enough to secure qualification.

READ: Nigeria qualify for Afcon with Bafana draw

The Super Eagles needed only a point to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon and they managed to do that after registering a 1-1 draw at the FNB Stadium.

Nigeria can secure top spot with victory against Seychelles in their final Group E encounter next year.

“We expected this much [resistance] because we know that South Africa is a good team. They never conceded a goal and the challenge today was to score against this very good goalkeeper,” the German born coach told SuperSport TV.

“We knew it was going to be a difficult game, it was very hot. Long traveling, only arriving yesterday morning without sleeping in the night.

“The second half was very difficult but we started the match very well. We scored the first goal and then our tactic was okay. They had to come against our defensive block, it was difficult for South Africa.

“We tried to score the second goal of course. We always play to win. We’ve won the other four matches before that’s why we wanted to win. But we didn’t want to take any risks because we knew that a draw is just like a victory.”

“We tried to score the second goal of course. We always play to win. We’ve won the other four matches before that’s why we wanted to win. But we didn’t want to take any risks because we knew that a draw is just like a victory.”

Rohr went on to say that he expects that Bafana will join them in the 2019 Afcon in Cameroon but cautioned that Libya are a tough opposition away from home, using Tunisia as their home ground because of political instability in their war torn country.

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