Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has declared that he will quit the job if he fails to secure the 2018 World Cup ticket, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports.
Rohr bared his while speaking on Monday Night Football, a programme on SuperSport.
“If Nigeria fails to qualify for the World Cup, I will take a walk. It is a challenge and I accept it. Our real focus is to qualify for the Russia 2018 World Cup and that must be fulfilled.
“The technical crew have been wonderful, the players are eager to represent their country and have assured that getting the World Cup ticket is a task that has to be accomplished.”
Rohr praised the commitment he has seen from his players so far.
“Because of the commitment of the players, some of the players even paid their ticket to represent their country. That is the kind of focus and confidence the players have and it is heart-warming.”
On the call for NPFL players to make his team the former Niger Republic coach said he believes there are good players in the league but insists that there is a lot of work to be done beginning with the players themselves. At the Agege Stadium in Lagos on Sunday he stated that the players needed to develop and be tested with the homed-based players’ African Nations Championship.
“Nigeria is one of the best football countries in the world but facilities must be improved upon to help the performance of the players.”
Nigeria next face South Africa, beginning the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, in June.