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Gernot Rohr has every advantage to make amends for shock defeat

 With probability, superior quality and secure footing on his side, the German coach cannot afford to fluff his lines again on Sunday in Douala

The morning after Thursday’s shock defeat at the hands of Central African Republic, for many fans of the Nigeria national team, assumed a very dream-like quality.

Much has been made of the fact Nigeria had previously not lost a home World Cup qualifier for 40 years, an entire generation witnessing the Super Eagles defeated on their own patch for the first time. However, even that piece of momentous history paled in comparison to the standing of the victor concerned; 1981’s defeat to Algeria stung and scarred, but it did at least come to the side that had contested the Africa Cup of Nations Final a year prior, and that would stun the mighty Germans a year on at the World Cup in Spain.

Central African Republic have no meaningful footprint of any kind in African football.

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