After securing a 1-1 draw against Senegal on Thursday, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is optimistic that his side will be at their best on Monday when they face the Etalons of Burkina Faso in another friendly tie in London.
Rohr, who said he is “satisfied with the whole attitude” of his players during the Senegal game, has not lost a match since he took over the coaching affairs of the three-time African champions.
“It is never the result that matters in a friendly match; it is the attitude of the players and what they bring to the game,” he said.
“I am satisfied with our whole attitude and the fact that after going down by a goal, we were mentally strong enough to come back and eventually ended the match on a high.
“You must also consider that we were missing key players like Carl (Ikeme), (Victor) Moses and the captain (Mikel Obi). We put out a couple of players who had not featured for us before, like (Olanrewaju) Kayode and (Isaac) Success.
“We had to deal with goalkeeping issue and Daniel (Akpeyi) did not have any training with the team. (Ikechukwu) Ezenwa came on the eve of the match and also did not train. It was difficult planning for the game but I am satisfied with what we came up with and how we approached the game.”
And looking ahead to Monday’s tie against the Etalons, Rohr told thenff.com:
“It is a different game altogether. I coached them before coming to Nigeria and I know they are not so much physical but a very technical team.
“You think of players like Bertrand Traore and also Nakoulma who was impressive at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, as well as Alain Traore, (Aristide) Bance and the young goalkeeper (Herve Koffi).
“It is going to be an interesting match but we will be at our best.”
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