Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr says Russia is like Nigeria’s second home due to the warm welcome they have received from their host country since arrivial.
The team which arrived Russia on Wednesday ahead of Saturday’s opening World Cup game against Croatia, stated that the inclusion of Ahmed Musa and Brian Idowu, who play in Russia made it easy for the team to be easily accepted.
”Russian people have been very nice to us – a lot of Russian supporters seem to support the Nigerian team,” he said. ”I don’t know why – maybe because my girlfriend is Russian.”
”We have a little sympathy perhaps because we have also a Russian player in our team,” coach Gernot Rohr said. ”He’s Russian and Nigerian – he’s Bryan Idowu – and we have Ahmed Musa who’s playing at CSKA Moscow.”
”We all are sure there will not be any problem for the Nigerian players, because the atmosphere we have felt already on arriving in Russia was very good,” Rohr said.
”I think most of them do that to put pressure on a player psychologically, maybe so he doesn’t want to keep playing,” he said. ”It could just be because someone finds it funny.”
By Augustine Akhilomen