Gernot Rohr hopes he will be lucky in his third attempt by guiding the Super Eagles to Africa Cup of Nations title-succwss in Egypt this summer after two futile attempts with different teams in the past, Completesports.com reports.
Rohr once handled the Mena of Niger and Panthers of Gabon at the AFCON finals, but didn’t make much impact with the two teams.
The German guided the Super Eagles through a tricky qualifying campaign which saw the side recovering from their matchday-one 2-0 home loss to South Africa to qualify from Group E with a game in hand.
The Super Eagles failed to qualify for the last two editions of the tournament after claiming a third title in their last appearance in 2013, in South Africa.
“I have been to the Nations Cup twice, I hope this one I can win it. This one will be more difficult to win because we have 24 teams. You have to play seven games to emerge champions, and more so, all the big countries are there,” Rohr stated in an interview on the Super Eagles Youtube channel.
“We qualified with a game to play. We have to prepare well which is very important.
“We have a young team with good spirits. We are feeling good, we are happy to be there. We want to do well. We have to prepare well. We played three games since we qualified against Uganda, Seychelles, Egypt.”
The former Bordeaux gaffer also emphasises the need for the Super Eagles to prepare well for the tournament in order to make a positive impact.
“Preparations must be good. We have the experience coming from the World Cup. We need to bring in people to help us like in the goalkeeping department. There is a lot of work to be done.
“One of them (a goalkeeper) is not playing much. We want to send somebody there to work with him like we did before the World Cup.
“We also have some injured players that we want to work with. Players like Tyronne (Ebuehi) and Aina (Ola). I want to send an assistant there to work with them.
“We want everyone to be in best physical shape. I will give my demand to the NFF and write my report.”
Rohr also reveals his plan for the team ahead of the tournament which starys in June.
“We want to start training in Nigeria. Maybe for a week and then play a friendly game,” he added.
“It is not good to stay in one place, in a hot climate. We need to stay in a fresh climate, maybe for like a month where we can train, run, walk and do other things.
“I will have to check with the doctors to decide the best place for us to start our preparation.”
By Adeboye Amosu