Pius Ayinor, Russia
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has dismissed talk of being under pressure just as the Nigeria Football Federation officials have also said that the coach has not been issued a query. The talks of query and pressure have come off Super Eagles’ 2-0 loss to Croatia in their opening group game at the World Cup in Russia.
Rohr said on Wednesday his state of mind is of the normal demands of his job as manager of a national team.
He said, “The pressure I feel now is the same as I have always felt. It is the usual pressure to win and do well for Nigeria. There is no need to add to this pressure. More pressure on the team will not give better results.”
On Tuesday the NFF First Vice president, Seyi Akinwunmi told reporters that it was false news that the federation had issued the German any query.
Akinwunmi said, “We are looking forward to Friday’s match. We are solidly behind the coach and nobody has issued him any query; we have confidence in him. We don’t say everything is exactly perfect the way we want it but we are okay moving forward. The players are also in good mood.”
Rohr is also excited that enough hard work is being done for the crucial make or mar game against Iceland.
“It will be a tough game,” he says of the match against Iceland. “We have to be at our best and be more professional with our defending, especially set pieces. We have to be fully focused and not lose concentration all through the game. I believe with hard work we can get a good result.”
And in spite of the disappointment Nigerians have expressed concerning the 2-0 loss against Croatia, Rohr says he sincerely believes Eagles marched the Croatians even though the game was lost.
Rohr told journalists, “We have watched the game again to see our mistakes so we can correct them. I also observed that Croatia’s only shot at goal was in the 71st minute when they scored their penalty; that is football.”
Eagles will travel to Volgograd on Thursday for the match against Iceland which Nigeria must win to raise any hope of qualifying for the next stage.