Eagles Technical Adviser Rohr assumes duty

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Newly appointed Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr
Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr

By Emmanuel Afonne

The Super Eagles Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has assumed duty following his arrival in Uyo on Tuesday in preparation for the AFCON 2017 qualifying match against Tanzania on Saturday.

The tactician who had his first official meeting with the team’s officials on arrival would use the encounter as a rehearsal for the Super Eagles’ 2018 World Cup qualifying match against Zambia on Oct. 3.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the encounter which is best described as a “dead rubber’’ is Rohr’s first official assignment as Eagles technical adviser.

The Super Eagles and their Tanzanian counterparts failed to qualify for the competition scheduled to take place in Gabon, after Egypt picked the sole qualification ticket from Group G.

Chad had withdrawn from the qualifiers over financial difficulties and thereby making Nigeria walk a tight rope following a 1-1 draw with Egypt in one of the qualifiers in Kaduna.

Cameroon and Algeria are the other teams drawn alongside Nigeria and Zambia in Group B.

Super Eagles Media Officer Toyin Ibitoye told NAN that three out of the 23 invited players were yet to arrive in camp as at Tuesday night.

Ibitoye said that the two of the players, Belgium based Moses Simon and Slovakia based Kingsley Madu would arrive on Wednesday, while Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme would arrive on Thursday.

He said that the usual morning and evening training session had begun as Rohr had resolved to build a formidable squad for the country ahead of future international engagements.

“The players are in high spirit owing to the fact that they have a new technical adviser,’’ Ibitoye said.

NAN reports that bulk of the players failed to report to camp on Monday as earlier stated in the invitation list following cancellation of Arik airline flight from Lagos to Uyo after hours of delay.

The delegation of Tanzania’s Taifa Stars is expected to arrive in Nigeria on Wednesday, while the match officials will arrive on Thursday.

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