The Super Eagles have the objective of coming out of today’s friendly against the Czech Republic with a win to set them in great psychological tune for the FIFA World Cup finals.
Coach Gernot Rohr said yesterday that a win would be the target, against the backdrop of consecutive losses in friendly matches against Serbia and England and with Nigeria’s first match of the FIFA World Cup against Croatia only 10 days away.
“We will go for victory that would boost spirit and earn team confidence ahead of our first match in Russia. It would not be an easy pick but we will work hard for it.”
Today’s encounter at the Rudolf Tonn Stadium – a multi-use facility in Rannersdorf, a city in the sub-division of Schwechat, outside Vienna – would be the third official meeting between both countries.
Team spirit was further lifted ahead of the match, following the arrival of backroom staff members; Nnaemeka Anozie (Team Physiotherapist), Chidi Ngoka (Equipment Manager) and Labaran Awaku (Equipment Officer) from London.
The three persons were denied entry visas into Austria by that country’s embassy in Nigeria, but the Nigeria Football Federation approached the Embassy of Austria in the United Kingdom, with the assistance of the Nigeria High Commission in London, and the visas were issued yesterday.