Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr says he’s in talks with the Nigeria Football Federation over hiring of another players’ physical trainer for the team ahead of Africa Cup of Nations holding in Egypt as from June 21st.
The Super who are set to take on the Pirates of Seychelles in a dead rubber AFCON qualifier game and Egypt in an international friendly later this month are hoping to do well at the AFCON proper haven missed out in the last two editions.
In a bid to achieve success at the tournament, Rohr revealed there’s a need to work on the fitness of the players and he has requested for another physical trainer to work with the team before the final camping later in May.
“The fitness level of the players is very key to achieving great performances in any tournament. So I am taking the fitness of the players very, very important for the 2019 AFCON”.
“I need again a second physical (trainer) Coach. I also need a good staff like I am having now around me in order to prepare this team well for the AFCON. But I urgently need a second physical trainer in order to prepare this team well physically.
“Before the final camping, I will send my physical coaches to the clubs of my players in Europe and abroad to check their fitness level most especially the injured ones that are recuperating.
The Franco-German coach added that he doesn’t want to prosecute the tournament with players who aren’t 100% fit and the service of additional fitness trainer will help in that regard.
“I don’t want to go to Egypt with any player below 100 percent fitness level. Some of the cubs in Europe have one physical trainer, a reason why they can’t concentrate on one injured player only.
If I am able to secure the services of another physical trainer/coach the two of them will be able to go to my players’ clubs to help out”. He concluded.