Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr declared on Thursday that Nigeria’s Super Eagles are “physically and mentally ready” for his or her first match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals arising on Saturday towards Croatia.
Rohr, a former German worldwide defender who coached the nationwide senior teams of Burkina Faso, Niger Republic and Gabon, and high Tunisia Club Etoile du Sahel earlier than taking cost of the Super Eagles two years in the past, insisted that his wards are in no temper to play second fiddle on the Kaliningrand Stadium.
According to him, we’re trying ahead to the match with numerous optimism. It shall be a tricky one, however we’re bodily and mentally prepared. We had high quality preparatory matches and skilled twice at our last camp in Austria, and since arriving in Essentuki, now we have finished some helpful tactical preparation.
“It is vital to start out properly in a superb event like this, and that’s what we hope to do on Saturday.” Rohr advised the world media on Thursday.
The Super Eagles flew into the Kaliningrad Khrabrovo Airport on Thursday night from Essentuki, about 48 hours to the conflict with Croatia on the 35,000 –capability Kaliningrad Stadium.
Captain Mikel John Obi, certainly one of solely 4 members of the present Eagles’ squad that featured on the final finals in Brazil 4 years in the past, stated: “It is the dream of each footballer to play on the FIFA World Cup and now we have to reside that dream on Saturday. Croatia is an excellent team with numerous high class players and now we have to be at our best towards them.
“This group might be the hardest within the event; everybody is asking it the ‘group of death’. That is the motivation. We have given ourselves the goal of popping out of this group identical to we did within the African qualifying group that everybody gave the identical tag.
“As our coach has said, we worked hard at both the camp in Austria and since we got to the team base camp in Essentuki. Our Football Federation also did well to get us to prepare in very good places devoid of distraction and now, it is our responsibility to do the nation proud by starting well against Croatia.”
Kaliningrad, the farthest a part of Russia to the west, bordered by Poland and Lithuania, and was once referred to as Konigsberg, assumed its new name and grew to become a part of the Soviet Union the 12 months after the top of the Second World War. The Kaliningrad Stadium was particularly constructed for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.
Saturday will mark Nigeria’s sixth look on the FIFA World Cup finals, in seven tournaments since making her debut on the 1994 finals within the USA. In earlier outings, the Eagles had made it to the Round of 16 on three events – the one African team to have gone that far that many instances. This was in 1994, 1998 and 2014. The team did not emerge from the group stage in 2002 and 2010.
The solely time Nigeria has missed soccer’s greatest showpiece within the final quarter –century was in 2006, when a head-to-head rule knocked out the Eagles regardless of ending on equal factors and superior objectives to Angola – which was sufficient to ensure qualification in regular conditions.