Nigeria technical adviser, Gernot Rohr wants his top players to be in superb form ahead commencement of the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers.
The tactician began his Super Eagles reign on a winning note with a 1-0 victory against Tanzania in Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
The three-time African kings begin their World Cup qualifying campaign with an away clash versus Zambia on October 8, and the former Burkina Faso handler desires his key players to be in good form in their quest to secure a ticket for Russia.
“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,” Rohr told the NFF website.
“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.”
He also lauded his assistants and the Nigeria Football Federation for receiving him well and hopes for more towards achieving set goals.
“I have been well –received by my assistant, (Salisu) Yusuf as well as Imama (Amapakabo) and Alloy (Agu), and also by the backroom staff,” he continued.
“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,” he concluded.