Rohr believes the Super Eagles have bigger motivation to go through to the world cup more than other countries in the qualification group.
Ahead of his first game in charge of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has set his eyes on the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification.
Rohr will oversee his first game as Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying clash against Tanzania.
With both teams already out of the race to qualify for the 2017 AFCON, Rohr who just signed a two-year-deal to be in charge of the Super Eagles wants to use the dead rubber clash against Tanzania to build his team ahead of their first FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Zambia next month.
“There is no international break between now and the game against Zambia, and that means this weekend’s match against Tanzania is very important for us,” Rohr said in an interview with Cafonline.
“We have a lot of things to do in building the first step to Zambia and we need good preparations. Of course, we want to win and we need all the support to go to the World Cup. We need to see a good image not only on the pitch but in the stands from the fans.”
For the World Cup qualification Nigeria have been drawn Group B with Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia and while admitting that these are tough oppositions, Rohr believes the Super Eagles have bigger motivation to go through.
“You have a big team in Algeria, ranked Number One in Africa at the moment. Everybody knows Algeria has great players, so it is going to be a big challenge in this group,” the German coach said.
“It is good we are going to Zambia first and don’t forget that Zambia is a big team too because they won the AFCON in Gabon in 2012.
“They have a big tradition as well. The group is open but I think the motivation of the Nigerian team is very, very high.
“All the teams in our group want to be at the World Cup in Russia but we have a bigger motivation particularly with the good performance of the Nigeria at the recent Olympic Games in Rio. We don’t have much time honestly, but it is possible to build a very good team.”
Speaking about his philosophy, Rohr said he will plan to ‘bring confidence; good organisation; teamwork; quality playing; and everybody behind the team’s interest so that each player play for the team; and it’s possible to live like a family’.