Technical Adviser of Nigeria’s Super Eagles Gernot Rohr has said his team is ‘physically ready’ for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia which begins today.
After an unimpressive build-up to the tournament, the Super Eagles face Croatia in their World Cup opener in Kaliningrad by 8pm Nigerian time on Saturday, 16 June before keeping a date with debutants, Iceland on 22 June. Old foes Argentina will be the Eagles’ last group opponents on 26 June.
However, the Franco-German tactician told a press conference in Essentuki – the team’s camp base in Russia – that there is still some tactical work to be done before Nigeria confronts the star-studded Europeans.
“I think now the team is ready. Yes, physically, we are ready,” the 64-year old said on Wednesday.
“I saw yesterday (Tuesday) a very good training session. And after the training, with the staff we said that ‘now physically, the team seems to be ready’.
“We had a long week in Austria where they worked very well and they had a big commitment. So I think that physically, we are ready, technically, we would be (ready) and tactically, we have now another three days to work.
“And I hope that on Saturday, everybody will be at 100%.
“The most important (thing) is that there is no injury (in the team).”