Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr has stated delight with what he called startling improvements in the pitch of Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, which he says is now in top shape for Tuesday’s international friendly against Uganda.
In contrast with his previous lukewarm verdict about the pitch last week, footballlive.ng can report that Rohr spoke with more enthusiasm when addressing Delta State governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa.
Rohr said is response to promises by Okowa to treat the Eagles better when they return from Saturday’s match away to South Africa, that he is looking forward to his side playing on the turf of Stephen Keshi Stadium next Tuesday.
Rohr said: “I thank the Delta State Government for their hospitality and for making us feel so comfortable. I am so happy because the pitch is in a much better state than the last time I was here.
“The Super Eagles will continue to work hard to make all those who have played one role or the other in its progress happy that their investment in the team is not a waste.
“Our mission in Johannesburg is simple: qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations. We are not thinking of anything else. We want the ticket in our pocket before the final matchday.”
On his part, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, Amaju Pinnick said: “We appreciate Governor Okowa for the tremendous support given to the Super Eagles and by extension, the Nigeria Football Federation.
“The bill for next Tuesday’s international friendly against Uganda has been underwritten completely by the Delta State Government. As my Governor and father said, this State will begin to play a more prominent role in the programmes of the NFF and the Super Eagles.
“I want to commend the Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr for assembling a young, professional and very efficient team for now and the future. We will continue to do all we can to making sure they do Nigeria proud.”