BY KUNLE SOLAJA.
With the Final Draw of the World Cup concluded, Nigeria’s manager is already looking ahead with prospects of crossing the first hurdle into the knock out stage.
From a FIFA YouTube channel monitored by the Sports Village Square, the coach said looked at the logistics of prosecuting the Group D matches and the stress of the travels from Kaliningrad, the venue of the Super Eagles’ opening match with Croatia in the Western coast of Russia to Saint Petersburg in the North West to face Iceland and then final group trip to Volgograd, a one million population city that was formerly called Stalingrad, where the Super Eagles engage in a potentially explosive and grudge-laden match with Argentina.
“We have to travel a lot. So, we have to choose a good base camp not too far from the cities where we are going to play matches”, said Rohr.
He then took a look at the Group C, where Round of 16 opponents of Group D teams will emerge. “If we come second (in Group D), we have to face France (anticipated to lead Group C).
“This is like it was in Brazil. I hope so. But we have to think first of Croatia, Iceland and Argentina. Remember, Argentina are number four in the world”.
Meanwhile, Super Eagles’ Media Officer, Oluwatoyin Ibitoye had a foretaste of the cold the Nigerian team will be experiencing in Russia next year and had to dress almost like an Eskimo to the Friday World Cup Final Draw in Moscow.