Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, is full of praise for Zambia despite beating the Chipolopolo 1-0 on Saturday.
The slim victory was enough to seal the country’s place in next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.
And Rohr isn’t ignorant of the fact that his team didn’t do too well on the day, saluting the Zambians for making the Eagles sweat.
“It was a very difficult game, in fact, the most difficult for us in the qualifying series because of what was at stake, because we knew a win would take us there and we were eager to finish it off,” the Franco-German told the media after the game.
“I commend the Zambians for their spirit. They fought very hard. This team was different from the one we defeated in Ndola last year; this was a much better and stronger team.”
Rohr, who will be participating in his first Mundial as a coach, took nothing away from his gallant troops that got the job done.
“I am very happy for the players and for this great nation, for us to qualify with a match in hand. It is a good feeling and after this night, we will begin to plan about how to prepare for the World Cup.
“But we have the final match in Algeria next month, and perhaps we can have a friendly within that window as well and begin the preparation for Russia 2018.”