World cup 2018: Win or loose Rohr stays-NFF
Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr (Getty Images)
London, June 22, 2018 (AltAfrika)-The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has no intention of sacking Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr, no matter the outcome of the country’s participation in the on-going Russia 2018 World Cup.
The federation says the coach was engaged to build a virile team for Nigeria, adding that it was looking beyond the 2018 World Cup.
NFF First Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi, told journalists that Rohr has met part of his mandate, which is to build a young virile team, adding that the federation will continue to support his efforts to make Nigeria one of the power houses of international football.
‘’We have full confidence in Rohr’s ability and we believe he is the only one that can get things right.
‘’We gave the coach an additional two-year contract recently because we see in him the quality to build a quality team for us.’’
Akinwunmi reiterated NFF’s desire to see the Super Eagles in the later stages of the World Cup, adding that the team would get their full entitlement if they qualified for the second round.
“Despite Saturday’s loss to Croatia, we have resolved to pay them their full bonus once they qualify for the second round,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the German tactician says that his side are looking to turn up the heat on Iceland in a sweltering Volgograd on Friday as they bid to keep their World Cup campaign alive.
The Super Eagles must avoid defeat after opening Group D with a 2-0 loss to Croatia, while Iceland managed a surprise 1-1 draw with Argentina.
And Nigeria are hoping the temperature will work in their favour in the southern Russian city, where the mercury is expected to still be topping 30 Celsius at the 1800 local-time kick-off (1500 GMT).
Rohr said they will use any advantage they can.
“It will again be an away game for us, they will have 20,000 fans here so let’s have a little advantage with the temperature,” the German coach told reporters at the Volgograd Arena on Thursday.
Defeat would see Nigeria become the third African side after Morocco and Egypt to be dumped out after just two group matches, and Rohr hit back at a reporter when asked if a loss might see his job on the line.
“We will not lose this game so I do not answer this question. You can ask this question again after the game, but I will tell you we will not lose,” he said.
Nigeria are the youngest squad in Russia and Rohr said the experience would see them return much stronger for the next World Cup in Qatar.