Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr says the return of the Super Eagles to competitive action in March next year, when they open their qualifying campaign for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, will offer him a great opportunity to continue building his ‘imperfect’ team ahead of the resumption of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers next August.
The German, who has impressed after winning his three games in charge of the Super Eagles – including their opening two games of the World Cup qualifiers, also confirmed that the three-time African champions will be playing two friendly games in June to further strengthen the team.
To ensure he is on top of his game, the former Gabon, Niger and Burkina Faso coach, says he will be monitoring his World Cup foes Algeria and Cameroon at the forthcoming Nations Cup finals in Gabon, while also keeping track of their progress at their respective clubs.
We must strengthen the team in certain positions. We have some problems we must be honest. We must say that not all is perfect. A lot of work still need to be done, the German said in a video clip posted on the Twitter page of the Nigeria Football Federation on Thursday.
He continued: “We must find solutions to certain positions. I will be monitoring some players for certain positions. Also I will be monitoring the 2017 AFCON and will be focusing on Cameroon and Algeria.
We will have friendly games, and for instance, we have the qualifiers for the next AFCON which is in March, so it is possible we start our preparation towards the World Cup qualifiers in March. And in June we plan to have two friendly games. So we have a lot of things to do; like going to see the players and speak to their coaches in their clubs.
The biggest work which is the physical work is done in the clubs and we must have good relationship with the coaches, with the doctors and players. And it is important that these clubs know that we are monitoring these players.