Coach Gernot Rohr has charged the Super Eagles to beat Cameroon in the crunch World Cup qualifiers in September as a befitting tribute to goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, who has been diagnosed of acute leukemia.
Nigeria hosts the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon on September 1 in Uyo with the return leg in Yaounde four days later.
A top NFF official has said Rohr is using Ikeme’s health problem to fire up the Eagles against Cameroon.
“The technical adviser is turning it (Ikeme’s illness) to advantage to motivate the other players,” NFF second vice-president Shehu Dikko told reporters.
“He has been telling them to play and win the matches for Carl.
“Carl himself has been calling the players to win the game.”
Nigeria tops their qualifying group with six points from two matches, while African champions Cameroon have two points, leaving Zambia and Algeria with a point each.