Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has blamed Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Czech Republic on a road trip his team had to embark on to match venue before the game and torrential rain that ensued during the encounter for the defeat.
Although the Franco-German tactician equally acknowledged that his strikers could not bury chances that came their way during the game, he hinted that travelling by road for an hour and 40 minutes to honour the fixture was not an ideal way to prefer for a match.
Rohr also scolded his strikers for not converting the few chances that came their way, but still went on to tell Nigerians not to panic over the loss in their last warm up game before the start of the World Cup.
Nigeria are in group D and will confront 1998 bronze medallists Croatia, debuting Iceland and two-time winners Argentina for a slot in the knock-out stage at Russia 2018, ahead of which Rohr insists there is no cause for alarm.
“We had a good second half again like we did n the match against England. Starting the match was difficult again. We travelled by bus for 1hour 40 minutes to go to stadium.
“Again missing efficiency in attack, (but) I don’t worry about friendly results. We are not ready now for the World Cup but we will be ready.
“We’ve nine days to be ready for our first match versus Croatia; we are not ready (yet). I am not sad because of this result, the result that matters will be in Russia,” Rohr stated.