Gernot Rohr-Super Eagles Coach
Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has said that 11 points will be enough, for Nigeria to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The Eagles began the quest to play in their sixth World Cup, with a 2-1 win over Zambia in Ndola on Sunday .
Nigeria currently lead the group with three points, after Algeria played out a 1-1 draw with Cameroon in Blida.
“I think we need 11 points to be first of the group, but all the teams have a good chance to qualify (for the World Cup),” Rohr said at a press briefing.
“We all know that it is very difficult to win a game in the qualifiers especially away in the first game. But we did it.”
Ahead of their second fixture in the group against Algeria on November 12, the German conceded there is a lot of things to improve on.
“We have a lot of work to do. We have some problems and we have to be better in some situations defensively and even offensively we tried too much to play (vs Zambia). We did not shoot but we got the three points and welcome Algeria in a month in Uyo,” he added.
Reflecting on Sunday’s game, Rohr said it was a game of two halves.
“It was a good game of football, both teams wanted to win. In the first half we got what we hoped for, we played well and we scored,” he remarked.
“In second half, Zambia were the better team and that reflected in this match – first half for us, second half for them.
“We were a bit tired in the second half because of a lot of physical effort in the first half. The players ran very much, hot weather, 2.30pm in the afternoon, it’s not easy to play in the sun and in the second half, the wind blew in favour of the home team.
“They pushed, pushed and they scored and could have been 2-2, but we defended well because spirit of the team is very good, we supported each other.”
Source: Ifreke Inyang- Daily Post