Nigeria's Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr is not happy with the various criticism and negativity against the make up of the Super Eagles and members of the backroom staff.
Recent media reports have suggested that all was not well with the team on various issues as well as the criticism of pundits and fans about the makeup of the three time Africa Champion which has left out players playing in the Nigeria Professional Football League.
These have been cause for worry for the Franco-German tactician.
“We are in very good spirit in our team,” Rohr said. “We are a happy family with solidarity and harmony amongst ourselves – the players and staff. The Management, backroom staff and the players have a common focus – to qualify Nigeria for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
And I would like every Nigerian to share in this focus and stop giving negative reports.”
Rohr also dismissed report about player dissent, administrative lapses and purported disrespect of certain players in the team.
“I am in constant touch with all our players. I talk to them from time to time.
And my staff too. Everybody is good with the philosophy that we have, the results we have achieved so far, and the unity is re-assuring.
“You must look at the situation when we learnt that the second friendly match against Burkina Faso was cancelled.
In most other teams, players would start to leave, when there are no more matches to play.
But in our case, not one single player chose to leave. Rather, more players were coming.
We had new, young and hungry players arriving to join us. It is a sign that the word is going round on the big effort of the staff, the fact that we are getting results and many players now want to be a part of it.”
Rohr is also not bothered about the reported salary arrears being owed him.
"I have a direct contract with the Nigeria Football Federation. I do not discuss my terms and conditions in the media. I have confidence that the NFF signed a contract and that they will honour all terms of the contract. I am still working, so that must mean something”, he concluded.