Nigeria’s Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr having achieved his primary objective of qualifying Nigeria for the Russia 2018 World Cub is heaving as sigh of relief and thanking his employers for providing conducive working environment for him.
Shortly after his employment last year, he granted an interview with FIFA publication, FIFA 1904 in which he remarked that he agreed to be fired if Nigeria fails to qualify for the World Cup.
He made similar remarks in a joint interview he granted Sports Village Square and Complete Sports Managing Director, Mumini Alao at the boardroom of the Lagos FA on January 2 this year.
According to a media release of the NFF, Gernot Rohr now looks back and poured praises on the NFF for the “professional and committed manner” it handled the Super Eagles’ 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.
Not only were the three –time African champions unbeaten in what was styled ‘Group of Death’, the Super Eagles picked the ultimate ticket in that group with a game to spare, becoming Africa’s first candidate for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia in the process.
Rohr, according to the Media Department of the NFF, believes the professional approach to the team’s preparations by the NFF for all the six qualifiers played a pivotal role in the team’s success.
“For sure, we must commend the NFF for the role they played right from that game in Ndola against Zambia to last Friday’s game in Constantine, Algeria.
“Apart from putting together excellent arrangements for our games at home, they ensured we travelled in comfort to all our away games and the fact that our away travels were always direct on chartered flights made sure we had very good recovery period between games.
- Flying in style and splendour. The Super Eagles’ delegation board the executive jet that flew them to from Constantine to Krasnodar on Saturday. It is an all-business class aircraft. The same jet will fly them back to Constantine on Wednesday.
“This also helped to manage the few days we usually have because of the congested and very small number of the FIFA international days,” Rohr said.
Nigeria won four games and drew two to finish top of the eminent pile with 14 points, six ahead of second –placed Zambia.
In both drawn games away from home, they were pegged back by late penalties to the hosts in dying minutes, underlying the Super Eagles’ praiseworthy performance throughout the campaign.
This, the Franco –German tactician believes, was down to paying attention to little details.
“From the time the draw was made for the group series of the qualifiers, we knew that in a difficult group like the one we were in, the difference between success and failure could be down to little things that most people would take for granted, but I am happy that the NFF were very professional, passionate and committed to the cause.
“Their great planning and arrangements made the players to focus on the football only, so we got the best out of them.
“Now we cannot rest on our oars because there is a bigger challenge ahead of us. We have to prepare better and focus even more as we get set for the World Cup next year,” Rohr concluded.