Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr is raining praises on the team’s pre World Cup training programme in Austria, as he says the players were able to concentrate fully on training and preparing their minds for the impending task of the Mundial in Russia.
Though Rohr admits torrential rain almost marred their last build-up friendly against Czech Republic last Wednesday, the Franco-German tactician said it was a generally rewarding experience for him and his players in Austria.
The Eagles were narrowly beaten 2-1 by England and 1-0 by the Czech Republic during their training camp in Europe, and Rohr is delighted that no member of the 23-man squad suffered injuries before they arrived in Essentuki.
He summed up gains of the Austria training camp and concluded that he is optimistic about the team’s chances at the World Cup.
Rohr retorted: ”Nine days here was hard work. Every day we had two training sessions in very good conditions, wonderful grass, the country side is nice, is clean with mountains.
”Unfortunately, we had heavy rains for the match, we wanted to play on the 7th or the 8th but we had to play on the sixth.
”It was too close for the England match so we had small time for recovery and for traveling but the organization could not be made better; but we did the work especially after the game against Czech Republic.
”Everybody is fit, no injury, which is the most important that they did very well, and I think everybody is much better now so it was a good preparation.”