Coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr has revealed that he was given the mandate of qualifying Nigeria for the round of 16 at the ongoing FIFA World Cup which enters day 13 today with Nigeria taking on Argentina in one of the final matches of group D at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.
“My task is very simple from my employers, that is the Nigeria Football Federation. The target is the
round of 16,” said the German.
Rohr’s target will only be achievable if the African representative can defeat the Two-time world
champions who are also desperate to advance at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.
“Simply put, we must take even half chances, and be on the offensive as much as possible. Perhaps, a
draw could be good to qualify, but we cannot think and play for a draw. Sometimes, when you play for a
draw, you get punched in the face late in the day.
“It will be a tough game and we must go with a tough mentality from the start to the end,” said the
German who turns 65 on June 28.
The Eagles have reached the knockout stage three times since the 1994 World Cup finals in the USA which
was their first tournament.
From two matches, Argentina are left with a point to occupy the last position on Group D while Nigeria
are second with three points.