Nigeria’s players are feeling effects of adverse weather conditions in Alexandria, Eggypt, with several of the Super Eagles’ stars still taking a myriad of complaints to their team doctors.
The report out of the Eagles’ camp indicated that the issue created several health complications in the Nigerian team, just before their opening match of the Africa Cup of Nations against Buruindi on Saturday, thereby leaving the coach, Gernot Rohr overly worried.
The situation became so scary that Rohr went on to make a very open public statement about the development in his team, and blamed the heat in Alexandria for several health issues affecting his players.
With several of his players down with various forms of health issues and others coping injuries during training, Rohr admitted his team was depleted heading into their opening Group B game against Burundi, but stressed that they will always give their best under any condition.
The Franco-German gaffer said he was relying on the legendary Nigerian ‘never-say-die spirit’ and ability to brave all odds, coupled with the players’ zeal for success, will combine to see them through, as they remain determined to brave all odds.
He enthused further that his high level of commitment and motivation will ensure the Eagles will go to battle with everything they have in all their matches at Egypt 2019.
While confirming that half of his players fell sick in Asaba and Ismailia, one collapsed on Friday and another is still in the treatment room, Rohr said they are not allowing the health issues affect their focus.
Rohr roared: ”The weather is a bit a different from what we are used to in Nigeria and it affected us because half the team fell sick but now only one player is sick.
”Everyone isn’t fit. Four or five players missed one week of training and have only trained for a few days. We are not in the best shape for but we don’t complain.
“There is, team have solidarity perhaps even too much solidarity. But we will be ready; the fittest one will play.
”We’re used to the pressure and we are cool. We are happy to start this competition and we have been together for three weeks.
“I believe the competition will be wonderful with passionate fans and nice pitches. our team is the star and we want to play quality football in Nigerian tradition.”