If the Nigeria must be at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, then her best players to strengthen the spine of the team, as they would have to come in handy, ready to play to their full capacity, the technical adviser of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has said.
Speaking yesterday, during a meeting with the general secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Dr Mohammed Sanusi and the federation’s management, at the NFF secretariat, Rohr impressed the need for a coherent, strengthened team.
“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. When results start to come, the confidence will return.
“I have been well-received by my assistant, (Salisu) Yusuf, as well as Imama (Amapakabo), 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. The ambience is impressive.”
While welcoming Rohr and his team, Dr. Sanusi assured that the NFF would provide the technical crew all the support [it needs] 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.”
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 back to the top of the world football ladder.