Gernot Rohr, the technical adviser of the Super Eagles of Nigeria has announced that the squad still had a lot of work to do before their opening game at the 2018 World Cup. The German coach made this disclosure at the end of another defeat for the Super Eagles at the hands of the Czech Republic yesterday. The 1-0 defeat confirmed that Nigeria would go into the World Cup without winning any of its warm-up games.
Nigeria started the first half with attacking intent but lacked the cutting edge required to get a goal. The Czechs played defensively and looked to hit Nigeria on the counter attack while they also took advantage of their set-pieces. Tomas Kalas, the Chelsea defender got a goal in the first half for the Czechs while Nigeria continued to make feeble attempts on goal. Rohr made several changes personnel in the second half with a change of tactics too but the Europeans held on for a win.
Rohr played down the significance of the defeat when he was approached by newsmen after the game. “We’ve got nine days to be ready for our first match against Croatia, as at today we are not ready, I am not sad because of this result, the result that matters will be in Russia.” Rohr said. Nigeria lost 1-0 to Serbia, drew 1-1 to Congo, and lost 2-1 to England on Saturday before playing Czech Republic. However, this is only the fourth time that Nigeria would lose a game since Rohr rook charge.
In the same vein, Emmanuel Amuneke has warned Rohr that Nigeria may not qualify from Group D if improvements are not made. The former Super Eagles winger coached the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria to win the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2015 said that Rohr could still fix the problems in the style of play as we have more than a week before our first game against Croatia.
“The team still needs more intensive sessions before the Croatia game. These games have shown that there are several lapses in the team generally that they must work on before Nigeria’s first game. We could still correct them as we have 10 more days to our first game against Croatia,” he said.
“Rohr changed formations in the second half which was good, the players are trying to understand the philosophy of the coach but their reaction to the second balls was slow and they were are not quick enough when challenging the Czech players,” Amuneke explained.