Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has predicted Nigeria’s national team made up entirely of NPFL players will find it tough against the Mexican national team when both sides meet in a friendly next month in the USA.
Rohr will watch on the sidelines with NFF technical director Augustine Eguavoen who has already cut five players from the initial squad charged with leading the team at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
The former Gabon manager has, however, been a constant presence at the Abuja camp of the team, observing training sessions and contributing to preparations.
And while has Rohr has been impressed by the players’ showing, he is not unaware of the daunting task that awaits them against the Gold Cup champions but adds that a win for Nigeria would not be “impossible”.
“They will have a difficult game,” Rohr predicted. “It’s not impossible to win against Mexico, they have a great team but each match is open and I see here some players with good quality.
“They’re working hard, they’re doing two training sessions a day and we are watching them and monitoring what they’re doing.”
The Franco-German hinted at the possibility of a tune-up game against a local team before the team jets off to the USA and expressed confidence in the ability of the backroom staff to settle on a crop of players worthy to represent Nigeria.
“I think there will be a friendly also, I hope, and then a good selection for the departure to the US. The coaches are doing well it is Austin and Paul [Aigbogun] with my goalkeeper coach Alloy [Agu] and the selection will be okay.”