Super Eagles’ Coach, Gernot Rohr, plans to adopt a physical and tactical approach when Nigeria meetsCameroon in a two-legged Russia World Cup qualifier next year, reports owngoalnigeria.com.
To succeed in his plans, Rohr has called on his players to match up to the physical and robust style of play of the Cameroonians.
Although the manager believes that been physical won’t be all his team needs in the tie, he, however, doesn’t want his team to be bullied by the Cameroonians, when both teams clash in September.
Nigeria currently holds a four-point lead over second placed Cameroon, and the trip to Yaounde will provide ample opportunity for both teams to consolidate their position as leaders of the group.
“We know what to expect fromCameroon, they are very physical. That is how they love to play; we have to be ready to match them in that regard. But being physical won’t be enough, we also have to be technical in our approach,” Rohr said.
“We have the players to carry out the task of getting a positive result against Cameroon. All we have to do is to stick to our game plan, when the game comes up and not play into their hands,” he added.
Meanwhile, Rohr has aimed a dig at previous coaches of the team, who are fond of questioning the players’ commitment and discipline.
Rohr, who has secured three wins in his first three competitive games as coach of the team, believes that previous coaches of the team were being economical with the truth as regards players’ discipline and commitment.
“If you believe what you read about the players as said by previous coaches, you won’t want to call up some players, but so far I have not noticed any of what they complained about in the players.
“They are very easy to manage, maybe because have managed at club level in the past but I find them very dedicated and committed to our cause of qualifying for the World Cup in Russia.
“We have had isolated cases of players crossing the line while in camp, but it is expected with adults, and how you handle that matters a lot. Mikel has also been helpful in that regard,” Rohr said.