Former Super Eagles player Mutiu Adepoju has shared his expectations of the Super Eagles encounter with Seychelles on Friday.
Adepoju told Goal.com in an interview that he is anticipating a spirited display from Gernot Rohr and his players.
“I expect a very serious game and playing the game as if we have not qualified and I expect to see how the players can play together. Definitely, expecting a win because no game is small and you have to play every game to win”.
On how the Eagles should approach the game, Mutiu reasoned that the players should regard the game as a pre-tournament friendly game and treat it with all seriousness it deserves.
“It is a dead rubber encounter and we have qualified already but that does not mean we should forget the importance of the game because it is a qualifier which we have to play as if we have not qualified.
“We have to take it seriously because if we have qualified and we’re looking forward to going to the tournament which is the Africa Cup of Nations, we have to play with all seriousness and field the available key players.
“The Afcon is barely in three months and there’s not enough time to prepare so most of the players that are going to go should be among the players to play against Seychelles,” he added.
“Leaving all those [regular] players could amount to waste of time. All the matches from now on should be in preparation for the tournament we have ahead,” he said.
Nigeria sit on top of Group E with 10 points and have already qualified for the tournament. The Eagles will wrap up their qualification journey with a game against Seychelles who are bottom of the group with zero points.