By Augustine Akhilomen
Former Super Eagles goalkeeper trainer, Ike Shorunmu has lauded the technical efficiency of the duo of Gernot Rohr and Salisu Yusuf as a perfect combination that has helped propelled the senior national team to the top of group B 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Rohr was appointed technical adviser of the Super Eagles while Yusuf was named as the Chief coach of the team by the Nigeria Football Federation, of which both of them have worked collectively without any form of disagreement.
They have been able to maintain a balanced team that has remain unbeaten in a group that consist ‘almighty’ Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia. Nigeria defeated Zambia 2-1 in Ndola before overcoming the Desert Foxes of Algeria 3-1 in Uyo to move top of group B.
However, Shorunmu who was a member of the team that won Silver in the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations and also featured at the 2002 World Cup, told Soccernet.com.ng that the technical crew of Gernot Rohr and Salisu Yusuf have brought a new lease of life for the Super Eagles.
“I am particularly happy with the progress of Super Eagles Technical adviser, Gernot Rohr and Salisu Yusuf as far as qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup is concerned,” Shorunmu told Soccernet.com.ng.
“The bond between them have created a peaceful and understanding atmosphere amongst the players in the Super Eagles. They have exhibited some senses of maturity in tackling certain issues that could have caused division in the team.
” I sincerely love their combination and I believe they will qualify Nigeria to the World Cup in Russia having beaten teams like Algeria and Zambia in the group.” he said.