Gernot Rohr has revealed that Super Eagles mission at the 2018 FIFA World Cup is to make Nigerians happy with good results, game style, attitude, and proud to put on the greenwhite green.
Three-time African Champions are targeting to go beyond the round 16 in Russia since their maiden appearance in 1994, with a youthful squad.Super Eagles are Group D with Argentina which they will meeting for the fifth time in World Cup alongside Croatia and debutant Iceland and Rohr has assured that his squad are out to put smiles on the 180 million Nigerians with their approach in games.
“We know this pressure. We have this all the time. We had it in qualifiers. I’m sure we’ll make Nigerians happy. We have such a young team, maybe this World Cup is too soon for them,” Rohr said in his pre-match conference ahead of Croatia tie.
“We have the youngest squad, so maybe 2022 will be their World Cup. We want to make Nigerian people happy, it’s not only the results, it’s the attitude and the way we play.”Football must also bring values to this big country.
It will be a chance for Russian people and Nigerians to show the good values we share.”Rohr noted the contrast with their star-studded opponents this weekend, with Croatia boasting the likes of Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic, but he wants Nigeria to use the experience to improve.
“They are favourite because their FIFA ranking is high and ours is low,” he said. “They also have very big players.”Five or six players in Serie A, three in Spain, and the others in big clubs. We have players who do not play in these leagues or are not in their teams. They are young, but we hope, with enthusiasm, they can improve in this tournament.
“The Super Eagles will battle Croatia for the first time on the international scene at the Kaliningrad Stadium on Saturday with the aim of starting their World Cup quest on a winning note.