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Mikel: Rohr Best Super Eagles Coach, We’ll Succeed At World Cup, I’m Enjoying China

Mikel: Rohr Best Super Eagles Coach, We’ll Succeed At World Cup, I’m Enjoying China

By Kayode Ogundare in Uyo:

Captain of the Super Eagles Mikel Obi has revealed that coach Gernot Rohr is the man with the magic wand who has turned the team around from a side that was unable to qualify for two Africa Cup of Nations competitions to one that is World Cup-bound in just two years, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Speaking at a media briefing in Uyo on Friday, Mikel claimed that the team has undergone remarkable changes both on and off the pitch under Rohr.

“With due respect to the other coaches who I have had the priviledge of working under, Gernot Rohr has had the most profound impact on the team. He’s brought a new work ethic, discipline and positive energy and a new way of doing things professionally,” Tianjin Teda star Mikel said.

He also claimed that the Super Eagles are capable of springing a surprise at the World Cup even though they are the least-ranked team in their World Cup group.

“I missed the last two friendly games due to visa issues but I’m here now and the preparation is in top gear,” Mikel added.
“We lost against Serbia due to some mistakes but they are not major things that cannot be rectified. We are working on them and I’m sure this team will come out stronger. I’m optimistic about this team and I know we will do well at the World Cup. We just have to be focused and disciplined. We have to go in as underdogs but we must prove that we are as good as any team on the day.”

Mikel was also coy about the prospect of coming back to Europe after his China odyssey, citing football’s unpredictability.

“Talking about coming back to Europe, you never can tell. In football, you never say never. I spent 11 years in England and now I’m enjoying my game in China. The league there is not as slow as you people think but I’m enjoying the game all the same. It it happens, fine. If not, I’m fine in China,” he said.

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  • Certain parts of this article have left me with renewed pride, confidence and passion for my great Super Eagles of Nigeria.

    You have spoken well Captain Mikel.

    Indeed, like you said, with focus and discipline, you can go far in this Fifa world cup.

    But please, be in no doubt, regardless of who makes the squad of 23, true fans will support you all the way.

    For those who would be inevitably dropped, my sincere thanks to their wider efforts and contributions.

    Regardless of how the talents, abilities, pedigree or application of some of the players in camp may be seen in certain quarters, you have all done exceedingly well to be where you are and fully deserve your invitations to the provisional squad (ahead of others) regardless of whether you make the final 23.

    Let the player comparisons debates rage on; but you the invited 30, maintain you focus, drive and hunger. Whether they like it or not, you are there.

    Also, whilst it is my ultimate desire to see you guys succeed in Russia, if, for any reasons things don’t go to plan, then we: NFF, Coaching crew, players, fans and other stakeholders will draw lessons from the experience and move on.

    Football – in my view – is more of an art than science. You can only do your best and pray every other thing around you is working in the right direction.

    Whatever happens in Russia, success or failure, I will support the Super Eagles all the way….

  • Bomboy 3 years ago

    @ Deo, thanks so much. That is the right attitude.