Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has said that the hot weather at Volgograd venue of their much-anticipated match against Iceland on Friday would be an added advantage to his players.
The Eagles are hoping the temperature will work in their favour as the mercury is expected to still be topping 30 Celsius when the game will kick off and the players are expected to be acclimatized to the hot conditions as Iceland are just outside the arctic circle.
Rohr in a pre-match conference on Thursday said, “It will again be an away game for us, they will have 20,000 fans here so let’s have a little advantage with the temperature”
Defeat would see Nigeria become the third African side after Morocco and Egypt to be dumped out after just two group matches, and Rohr hit back at a reporter when asked if a loss might see his job on the line.
“We will not lose this game so I do not answer this question. You can ask this question again after the game, but I will tell you we will not lose. We have John Obi Mikel who is still a very good player and we have Victor Moses and they are well known everywhere”
“But when you have such young players what you have is a team for 2022. They will get better and better. We are (ranked) about 50 in the world, Iceland is top 20, I think, Croatia top 12 and Argentina top eight”
“When I see the matches are so difficult then we have to learn also it is not finished after this World Cup for us. We want to improve, we want to learn. When you are the youngest already it is not possible perhaps to be already the best.”