RUSSIA 2018: We Are ‘Physically Ready’ For the World Cup – Rohr (Audio)

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).”