Super Eagles new head coach Gernot Rohr has reiterated that Nigeria will need all the team's best players to play at their premium for their confidence to be restored and to pick the lone ticket from their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification group.
The Eagles have to battle Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia for their group's sole Russia 2018 ticket.
Rohr, who oversaw the 1-0 over Tanzania on Saturday, made this assertion on a visit to the secretariat Nigeria Football Federation on Tuesday, where he met with the General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, and the NFF management, the NFF said in a press release.
“We will need all our best players to be at their very best," the German said.
"We had a good list for the Tanzania match but a couple of players were injured and we will like to look at those ones as well. The focus is to strengthen the spine of the team and ensure they can beat any team. The confidence has not been there because the team failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations, but when results start to come, the confidence will return.”
Rohr, who coached the national teams of Gabon, Burkina Faso and Niger, and also had a stint with Tunisian club Etoile du Sahel, said he was used to working conditions on the African continent and was only committed to returning Nigeria back to the top of world football.
“I have been well received by my assistant, (Salisu) Yusuf as well as Imama (Amapakabo) and Alloy (Agu), and also by the backroom staff. To be received with so much warmth by the NFF Management means we are all on the same page and we can work together and live as a family.
“I have a very good feeling about this job and the people I have to work with. I am also happy that the first week went very well because the players were able to quickly imbibe our philosophy. We need to have solidarity all round. The Technical Committee members have also been great. Certainly, the National Technical Director also has a role to play. The ambience is impressive.”
While welcoming Rohr and his team, NFF General Secretary Sanusi assured that the federation will afford the technical crew all the support and strive to provide the conducive environment for the team to execute the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and come out tops.
“We have immense confidence in you and your staff; we will not dabble into your technical area. Our responsibility is to provide the right atmosphere to make you succeed. We see that you are a gentleman but will not take your simplicity for granted.
“If you can work in a place like Niger Republic, I believe you would be able to work even better in Nigeria.”
Coach Rohr was in company with Salisu Yusuf (Chief Coach) and Jean-Luc Royer (assistant).