BY BOLAJI OKUNOLA.
Nigeria Super Eagles’ technical adviser, Gernot Rohr is yet to return from Russia after last Friday’s Final Draw of the World Cup 2018 where Croatia, Iceland and Argentina emerged as the team’s group opponents.
Nigeria’s three group matches are spread across three cities of a continent-like country, Russia. The venues of the three matches are Kaliningrad, Saint Petersburg and Volgograd.
Prior to the final draw, Rohr had hinted that he would look for a camp base that will be very close to the venues of the Super Eagles’ first round matches.
The base camp will be home for the team from where they will fly out to their various match venues and return after their game. A source within the team hinted Sports Village Square that “both the coach and Dayo Enebi (team secretary) are already finalizing on the camp.
“I am sure its 90-95% complete now. That’s why they stay back after the draw on Friday to conclude on the matter. Other national team coaches are also there fetching things out.
According to information Sports Village Square gathered from FIFA, the team base camps must meet basic requirements which include, for example, a maximum distance to an airport capable of landing medium-sized aircraft and a maximum distance between the hotel and the training site.
“It is not mandatory for Team Base Camps (TBCs) to be located close to one of the host cities. As a matter of fact, the 60 pairings so far pre-approved for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia are situated in 26 regions of the Russian Federation in the European part of the country.
“The Local Organising Committee (LOC) believes that offering this wide selection of TBCs will generate a positive impact also on other cities and regions that are not directly involved in the FIFA World Cup.
“There is no limit of TBCs per city or region: a city can have more than one TBC, while others may have none. With Moscow being the epicentre of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, it does not come as a surprise that currently 14 of the proposed TBCs are located in the vicinity of the Russian capital”.