W/Cup, AFCON Tickets Remain Our Focus – Rohr
Super Eagles Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr says the team will keep its eyes on qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, and the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Recently, reports energed suggesting all may not be well within the Super Eagles.
But Rohr insists these are good times.
“We are in very good spirit in our team,” Rohr said.
“We are a happy family with solidarity and harmony amongst ourselves – the players and staff. The management, backroom staff and the players have a common focus – to qualify Nigeria for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. And I would like every Nigerian to share in this focus and stop giving negative reports.”
Rohr dismissed, in their entirety, talks about player dissent, administrative lapses and purported disrespect of certain players in the camp of the five –time FIFA World Cup finalists.
“I am in constant touch with all our players. I talk to them from time to time. And my staff too. Everybody is good with the philosophy that we have, the results we have achieved so far, and the unity is re-assuring.
“You must look at the situation when we learnt that the second friendly match against Burkina Faso was cancelled. In most other teams, players would start to leave, when there are no more matches to play.
“But in our case, not one single player chose to leave. Rather, more players were coming. We had new, young and hungry players arriving to join us. It is a sign that the word is going round on the big effort of the staff, the fact that we are getting results and many players now want to be a part of it.”
Appointed in August 2016, Rohr’s immediate task is to qualify Nigeria for the 2018 World Cup and AFCON 2019.