Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has dismissed the opposition of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon and Desert Foxes of Algeria as incapable of stopping Nigeria’s qualification to the Russia 2018 World Cup.
Rohr gave the assurance in a parley with the sporting press in Lagos on Tuesday, declaring that the Super Eagles are better than their opponents in the African qualification group.
“I am very optimistic the Super Eagles will be in Russia. We have all chances to win our next games. We have a four points difference and it is all up to us. The qualification ticket is in our hands to take.
“We have won three games and there was progress from game to game. In our first game here (in Nigeria), it was difficult to score but we must look forward. We will beat Cameroon in Uyo. It may be difficult but all victories are difficult. The stadium is beautiful, the pitch is good and the players are motivated. There are other forms of motivation apart from money. I had the opportunity of playing for Germany in the World Cup and it is the dream of any player to play in the World Cup.
“We are better than our opponents. Cameroon did not win in Zambia and also at their home in Yaounde. Playing against us in Uyo, Algeria proved difficult but we rallied round and defeated them at the end of the game.”
Saying he is in Nigeria “to make history” as a football coach by qualifying the Super Eagles to the World Cup after attempts in Gabon and a couple of other African countries, Rohr said he is very much aware of problem areas in the Super Eagles team and assured he is shopping for players to effectively plug in loopholes before the next two home games in August and September but noted insisted that the loopholes in the Super Eagles cannot convey any advantage to their opponents.
“There are some areas where we have problems but before our next official matches other players will come into the team to help us. Our opponents are not better than us. They have even worst problems.”
To make up for lag in the long break before Nigeria resumes its qualification campaign, he revealed that a number of friendly and competitive games have been lined up for the Super Eagles before taking on Cameroon in Uyo in August. The friendlies include Senegal in March and a yet to named opponent in June. It is also expected that the early kick off of the 2019 AFCON qualifiers in 2017 will also add action to the preparation of the Super Eagles.
Asked about the tendency for administrative and political conflicts in Nigeria sports to disorientate his team, Rohr said he is not concerned about such issues.
“Administrative issues are not my problem. I am concerned for every player to be here.”