Former Super Eagles’ midfielder, Justice Christopher has pleaded with the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to completely trust the Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles Gernot Rohr if the nation must have a better outing come in Russia next year.
Christopher, who featured in Korea/Japan 2002 World Cup, told AOIFootball.com exclusively that the Franco-German has all it takes to deliver Nigeria’s best World Cup appearance if giving the freehand to operate.
“I think we have a very bright chance at the World Cup; we have the right players to do the job and with the manager in charge can give us a very good outing in Russia next year.
“I would love to plead with the NFF to completely trust the manager we have, let him make the right choices and selection for us to have a better outing in Russia next summer,” Christopher said.
The former Nasarawa United player said the country may not win the World Cup but can surpass the previous best outing, whilst also urging Rohr to test some fresh legs against Algeria and Argentina to enable him assess other options.
“It does not necessarily mean that we must win the World Cup to be successful at the tournament, but a semifinal or even a quarterfinal berth surpassing will be a huge plus to not just the country, but for the NFF board also.
“The game against Algeria is a dead rubber so I want to urge the coach to give an opportunity to fringe players in the team to showcase themselves, so that Nigeria will boast of a formidable team in Russia.
“I believe he (Rohr) is the right man for the job and I am confident he will be a huge success at the World Cup,” Christopher concluded.
Christopher Justice made 11 appearances for the Super Eagles between 2001 and 2002 and also featured at the Korea/Japan World Cup in 2002 where Nigeria crashed out in the group stages with just one point and one goal.