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Rohr Puts Fitness Top In Team Selection

Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr has declared that the fisrt factor he looks at in arriving at his choice of players to start matches is the fitness levels of each lad he has on offer in his squad.

Though the German tactician stopped short of revealing the tactics he would employ against Zambia in Saturday’s decisive World Cup qualifier, Rohr said he has already seen what he wants from all the training sessions so far in Uyo.

The former Niger Republic, Gabon and Burkina Faso gaffer stated further that the idea of which players will constitute his starting line-up at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo has also unfolded in his view, but he will only wait till the last training session, in case of any late injuries.

While hinting that he already has an idea of the players he will line out from the start against the Zambia on Saturday, he reeled out all the factors he takes into account before making his pick.

Rohr expatiated: “First it is fitness. I mean physical fitness and after that we will look at what happened in the last games they played for their clubs.

“We have out scouting team that reports so we try to find the best. Technical quality is another and then tactical understanding and mental strength.

“You must be cool in the head, not like Brazil against Germany in the World Cup semi-final. Finally, there must not be too much of emotion, but I am happy to have a choice to make.”

Rohr also stated that he is aware that Zambia’s array of youngsters could spring a surprise against the Eagles, but acknowledged that his team need a win to land in Russia.

He, however, went on to declare that he has already analysed the opponents and says he would change his tactics when the need arises during the game.

Rohr said: “Zambia has a team with young players, who are quick strikers. Their style of play in the game against Cameroon is a reference point for us.

“We are trying to adopt the same style to some degree for this game, but we know it will be much difficult against Chipolopolo.

“When we played in Zambia (Nigeria won 2-1), they watched us and know us too. So, we need to have creativity to change the way we play  to be able to surprise them.”


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