“The Team is in Good Spirit” – Nigeria’s Coach Rohr
Gernot Rohr, coach of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, has stated that his team is in good spirit, ahead of this afternoon’s final warm up game against the Czech Republic before they leave for Russia for the World Cup.
The Super Eagles would be hoping to translate “good spirit” to improved results today and in Russia, after their 2-1 defeat to England at Wembley, last Saturday.
Apparently, there is no obstacle on the path of the team, judging from Coach Rohr’s expression of satisfaction about conditions in their camp. He stated in a video clip published on the twitter handle of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) that:
“We are becoming fitter and fitter now because the work here is very good and we have wonderful conditions. The grass is nice, we have not too hot, not too cold climate, really what we need and no injury.”
Rohr added: “We have recovered well from the travel from England from the match. We have Ndidi coming back, he will start the game against Czech Republic. We want to continue like we did in the second half against England.
“Our list of 23 is done now and I hope we won’t have any injury and we can stay with these 23 players. The team is in good spirit. They work well and I hope they will continue with a good game against Czech Republic and take it to Russia.”
John Mikel Obi, Captain, of the team, corroborated the optimism of his coach, as shown in a 45 seconds video clip uploaded on the twitter account of NFF. The video clip is introduced as:
“Captain @mikel_john_obi was about to share his thoughts ahead of tomorrow’s friendly against the Czecks but on came Alex and Kele #Team9JaStrong #SoarSuperEagles”
In the clip posted yesterday, Mikel said: “The game against England was a big test for us. First half we didn’t get going. But I think second half we started playing well. We scored a goal and created chances to win and hopefully, tomorrow (today) we can start well and get a good result.”
Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi are seen in that clip, hovering playfully around and trying to gain Mikel’s attention. They echoed “exactly!” when Mikel expressed hope about getting a good result against the Czech Republic.
Mikel continued: “I urge Nigerians to keep supporting us.” At that point, goalkeeper Francis Uzoho joined Iheanacho and Alex in the background to echo “Yes!”, “up naija!”. Apparently, that show of camaraderie justifies Coach Rohr’s submission that the team is in “good spirit.”
The game against Czech Republic holds at the Rudolf-Tonn-Stadion, Austria. Kick off time is 2.00pm.
Czech Republic beat Nigeria 2-1, the only time both countries met in a football match. That was in 1996, during the Hassan 11 Trophy, a friendly football tournament held in Cassablanca, Morocco.
Meanwhile, a post from the twitter account of NFF shows that as seen in recent friendlies involving the team, Nigerias’s goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho would start today’s match. Shehu Abdullahi, William Troost Ekong and Leon Balogun would man the team’s defence.
Bryan Idowu, John Obi Mikel, John Ogu and Wilfred Ndidi would prowl the midfield while Odion Ighalo would spearhead the attack, with the support of Victor Moses and Alex Iwobi.
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