Nigerian scouts attached to the Super Eagles have received the task of monitoring the country’s first opponents at this year’s World Cup, in order to get secrets of their tactical plans and other crucial details before the opening group game on June 16.
This much has been disclosed by Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr, who said he cannot trust anyone on ground in Croatia with the duty, in order to avoid leaks, hence his decision to rely on his Nigerian scouts for the task.
This means Rohr would be counting on his roving technical buffs counting, led by former Eagles striker, Victor Okechukwu Agali to give him the required lowdown about the Croatian team.
The Eagles have reached the last sixteen three times in previous World Cup tournaments, the last of which was in 2014 in Brazil, and the fans are expecting the team to qualify for at least the last eight this summer.
Heading into their clash in Kaliningrad, Russia, Nigeria’s first World Cup opponents have been snooping for information about the three-time African champs.
Croatia’s head coach Zlatko Dalić sending his trusted scout Ognjen Vukojević to watch the Super Eagles pre-World Cup friendlies against Poland and Serbia in March.
While Rohr says he wants to enter the competition with all humility, he also aims to prepare in the best way possible and then take any chances that come his way.
Rohr expatiated: ”I cannot ask anyone in Croatia to find out about the national team, that’s impossible.
“After all, I also have good people in Nigeria and intelligent scouts that will bring me all the information I need.
”There must be some pressure in everything you do in life. It’s important not to be too big or too small, but it’s good that it exists.
”We are humble and confident in ourselves; we try not to put an extra burden on our back. I do not worry that something will remain a secret.”