Rohr banks on Mikel, Idowu to get Russian support

World Cup 2018 By: Ayodeji Tunde | 13/06/2018

FC Naija

Super Eagles coach Genort Rohr is banking on the trio John Obi Mikel, Brian Idowu and Ahmed Musa to use their influence to get support for Nigeria from Russia fans at the World Cup.

The trio have a form of connection or the other with Russia and Rohr is hopeful this should favour Nigeria as the World Cup kicks off on Thursday

“We have some of our players who have special relationships with Russia. Idowu who is Russian and Nigerian born and Musa who plays for CSKA Moscow.

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Of course, there is also Mikel who is married to a Russian. We hope this will help us get the sympathy of the Russian public. Rohr posited. 

The Super Eagles gaffer noted that the distance from Nigeria to Russia did not allow for much-traveling fans to support the national team.

He said: “We won’t have the possibility of our fans back home coming out to support us as the distance is very far but we hope the fans can give us their support because of these players.

“Croatia is not far from here and we expect their fans to come out in large numbers to support their team.”