Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has stated that heavy drop in confidence is affecting the Nigerian team but believes that a couple more back-to-back wins will rebuild their morale and prepare them well for the race to the Russia 2018 World Cup.
Rohr also underlined the fact that the team would need all the best players to play at their premium in order to pick the lone ticket from their 2018 World Cup qualification group.
Rohr spoke on Tuesday during a visit to the secretariat of the Nigeria Football Federation, where he met with the General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, and the NFF management staff.
He said, “We will need all our best players to be at their very best. We had a good list for the Tanzania match but a couple of players were injured and we will like to look at those ones as well. The focus is to strengthen the spine of the team and ensure they can beat any team. The confidence has not been there because the team failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations, but when results start to come, the confidence will return.”
The German who has also coached the national teams of Gabon, Burkina Faso and Niger said he was used to working conditions on the African continent and was only committed to returning Nigeria back to the top of the world football ladder.
“I have been well received by my assistant, (Salisu) Yusuf as well as Imama (Amapakabo) and Alloy (Agu), and also by the backroom staff. To be received with so much warmth by the NFF management means we are all on the same page and we can work together and live as a family.
“I have a very good feeling about this job and the people I have to work with. I am also happy that the first week went very well because the players were able to quickly imbibe our philosophy. We need to have solidarity all round. The Technical Committee members have also been great.”
Salary delays has been a major setback for the NFF in the past one year since the Nigerian currency nose-dived against the dollar and other international currencies.
NFF General Secretary, Dr. Sanusi, assured the manager that the federation would accord the technical crew the desired support.
“We have immense confidence in you and your staff; we will not dabble into your technical area. Our responsibility is to provide the right atmosphere to make you succeed. We see that you are a gentleman but will not take your simplicity for granted.
“If you can work in a place like Niger Republic, I believe you would be able to work even better in Nigeria.”