Lagos - Super Eagles Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has
reiterated that Nigeria will need all her best players to play at their premium
in order to pick the lone ticket from their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
Franco-Germany Rohr made this assertion on a visit to the
secretariat of Nigeria Football Federation on Tuesday, where he met with the
General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi and the NFF Management.
“We will need all our best players to be at their very best.
We had a good list for the Tanzania match but a couple of players were injured
and we will like to look at those ones as well. The focus is to strengthen the
spine of the team and ensure they can beat any team. The confidence has not
been there because the team failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations,
but when results start to come, the confidence will return.”
Rohr, who coached the national teams of Gabon, Burkina Faso
and Niger, and also had a stint with Tunisian club Etoile du Sahel, said he was
used to working conditions on the African continent and was only committed to
returning Nigeria to the top of the world football ladder.
“I have been well –received by my assistant, (Salisu) Yusuf
as well as Imama (Amapakabo) and Alloy (Agu), and also by the backroom staff.
To be received with so much warmth by the NFF Management means we are all on
the same page and we can work together and live as a family.
“I have a very good feeling about this job and the people I
have to work with. I am also happy that the first week went very well because
the players were able to quickly imbibe our philosophy. We need to have
solidarity all round. The Technical Committee members have also been great.
Certainly, the National Technical Director also has a role to play. The
ambience is impressive.”
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While welcoming Rohr and his team, NFF General Secretary,
Sanusi assured that the Federation will afford the technical crew all the
support and strive to provide the conducive environment for the team to execute
the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and come out tops.
“We have immense confidence in you and your staff; we will
not dabble into your technical area. Our responsibility is to provide the right
atmosphere to make you succeed. We see that you are a gentleman but will not
take your simplicity for granted.
“If you can work in a place like Niger Republic, I believe you
would be able to work even better in Nigeria.”
Coach Rohr was in company with Salisu Yusuf (Chief Coach),
Jean-Luc Royer (assistant) and Tunde Adelakun.
News24 reported that Rohr signed a two-year deal to become
the Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
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- News24 Nigeria