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Thursday, 8 June 2017

I’m not under pressure to field players – Rohr

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr says he is not under pressure to field players for the AFCON qualifiers match against Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State on Saturday.

Speaking on Thursday while fielding questions from sports journalists during a pre-match briefing on the Super Eagles’ preparedness for the tournament, Rohr said nobody tells him how to work, adding that he works independently.

“Nobody is telling me how to work, I work independently with my assistants. There is no pressure on me to field any players.

“We have good players from Nigeria in this team, I have some fine players. We have good players who can play well for this country,” he said.

He added that as a professional he monitored the progress of players in their respective clubs and watched video clips of players’ performances.


According to him, nobody gave him directives on how to coach, noting that he was satisfied with the selection made so far with the assistant of his technical team.

He said, “No pressure on me, the team is open to all good players from Nigeria.”

He explained that his squad for Saturday’s match was a blend of young talented players with the experienced ones.

Rohr stated that the team was on top form, feeling very good just as the people of Uyo appreciate the Super Eagles playing in the town.

Speaking also was the Eagles captain, Ogenyi Onazi, who stated that the team’s objective in Uyo was to win the game and go for AFCON and the World Cup.

“We want to do our own and make sure we win the match on Saturday.

“Definitely we need the prayers of all Nigerians. We just want to let them know that it is not going to be easy.

“We need your support, you should come out and support us to make sure we get the three points on Saturday,” Onazi said.

Akwa United FC player, Alhassan Ibrahim, who is one of the home-based players in the team, said he was excited about his call-up to the national team.

He said that it was an honour for him to be selected to play for Nigeria at the national level out of the three players invited by the coach.

He praised the cooperation he enjoyed from the experienced since the joined Eagles training camp in Corsica and Paris.

The Bafana Bafana of South Africa arrived in Uyo on Thursday at 2:07 pm for the match against the Super Eagles on Saturday.

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