The Super Eagles ‘ Head Coach Gernot Rohr, with less than 24 hours to the second round knockout meeting between Nigeria and Cameroon, has prohibited his players from all types of operations that might distract the squad from underperforming tomorrow during the game.
The action taken yesterday will most probably impact the big Federal Government entourage delegation that will arrive today in Cairo before heading for tomorrow’s epic clash to Alexandria.
The coach permitted his wards free reign on Wednesday night to communicate in their hotel base lobby with the press, friends, and families around.
However, as the players were restricted to the regimented lifestyle until after tomorrow’s game, the rhythm altered from yesterday morning.
But when the president’s high-powered delegation includes Senate President Ahmed Lawan, House of Representatives Speaker, Hon.
Femi Gbajabiamila, the governors of Lagos, Delta, and political assistants storm the coastal town of Alexandria before the game, there will be virtually no one to welcome them to the team base except the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF),
Amaju Pinnick and his board members who discovered THIS DAY will be more diplomatic in dealing with the issue.
Pinnick will probably prevail over the government committee to see the reason for the choice of the Franco-German tactician as his work could be on the line if the squad fails to beat Cameroon and continue to the quarter-final.
“Gernot Rohr wanted absolute concentration and won’t want anything to disturb his players ‘ calmness and the tranquility of the environment.
He wants Eagles to be more focused on Saturday’s game against Cameroon than ever before, “a top official said yesterday evening in Alexandria on THIS DAY.
The coach insisted that players must be in their spaces for their evening siesta, which was between 2-4pm and no loitering, until after the match on Saturday no visitors or telephone events are anticipated from the players.
Last night, the media had their own dose of camp ethos as they were excluded from the training arena as the squad for tactical purposes trained behind a closed door.
The media had previously been permitted to see the first 15 minutes before shutting down the cameras.