Ahead of the Super Eagles September 1 Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in Uyo, Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has commenced consultations with the European based Super Eagles players and the managers to secure their assurances and early release for the much important cracker.
President of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick , said during an interview yesterday in Abuja that Rohr met with Eagles and Mainz 05 defender, Leon Balogun, who now has a new coach.
Pinnick also disclosed that the Technical Adviser will travel to London today, where he would be expected to meet with Chelsea Coach, Antonio Conte and Victor Moses, adding that Rohr will also meet with other Super Eagles players in London to ensure their early release for the match.
Both Moses and Balogun were missing in action when the Super Eagles lost 0-2 to visiting South Africa during the 2019 AFCON qualifying match last month
“We have commenced preparations for the match against Cameroon. As I talk to you, the Technical Adviser is in Europe, he met with his friend, Leon Balogun and his new coach today (Yesterday) and he will be meeting with Victor Moses and his Coach, Conte on Tuesday.
“The coach will also meet with other players in Europe before returning home. The essence of these meetings is to get their assurances for the game, also to secure their early release from their club managers. This is because of the importance we attach to the match.
“For us, we believe that there is no course for alarm, one thing that is sure in that match is that we will beat Cameroon and we are on top of it. As CAF and FIFA organising member, I have decided to abandon my role in international football for now because we are strategizing to win that game. I could not be in South Korea for a FIFA committee meeting; I could not be in Russia for the just concluded FIFA Confederations cup. All these I turned down even though I was highly needed in them because of the Cameroon match and I am sure it will not be in vain,” Pinnick noted