Gernot Rohr has detailed areas of improvement and given a hint of the tactical evolution needed in the Super Eagles following the extension of his contract.
Last week, the Franco-German tactician signed a new deal that will keep him in the job until 2022.
Per terms of his new deal, Rohr has been mandated by his employers, the Nigeria Football Federation, to win the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon and also qualify Nigeria for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The former Gabon and Niger coach has often been accused of lacking game management ability and technical depth.
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In an Instagram interview with former Super Eagles media officer Colin Udoh, Rohr said he has already noticed some improvement in the team from their last two games against Benin and Lesotho in November’s 2021 AFCON qualifiers in Uyo and Maseru respectively.
“I think we have to do better all the time, we have to progress,” the 66-year-old said. “If you don’t progress you go down. We have to progress technically, tactically and mentally all the time.
“Conceding a goal in the last seconds is very, very difficult. But I already saw progress (in the team) because we conceded some goals; the first goals against Benin and Lesotho, and we played very well after. So, there was not this shock we suffered before when we concede a goal.”
Despite this newfound resilience, Rohr says there other areas where improvements are still needed, particularly finding stability in defence and “complexities” in the offensive phase of the game.
“We have to progress mentally, we have to progress tactically,” the former Bordeaux manager said.
“The game is all the time changing. We have to find more complexities, we are playing with quick wingers, so we want to see them a little bit more, we want to see our full-backs more offensively, and we want to have stability in the goalkeeper position, also in the central defence, which is very important.”