Rohr Rules Out Apprehension Over Astro Turf


Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr has waved aside apprehension among his players over their prospects of playing Saturday’s match against Seychelles on astro-turf.

Although many of the Eagles’ players have in recent years expressed disaffection with playing competitive matches on artificial grass surfaces, Rohr says he saw no signs of worries among the lines when they line out for their first training session in Victoria.

The Franco-German coach revealed that the team’s first full training session ahead of Saturday’s match was staged on artificial grass near their hotel camp, and he was happy that everything went well.

In the same vein, Eagles’ media officer, Toyin Ibitoye admitted it would be a big challenge for the Nigerian players to line out on artificial pitch of Stade Lenite on Saturday, but said they are all ready to brave the odds.

Ibitoye confirmed that the players did well in their first two training sessions on artificial pitch and are determined to cope during their battle with the home team on Saturday.

“It’s a difficult pitch to play on but no matter the difficulties, the players are coping with it. We’re all looking forward to a good game on Saturday.

“We’re also not taking anything for granted but we wish to win so as to turn around our qualifying campaign,” Ibitoye concluded.


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