Gernot Rohr has said his players will have access to their wives and girlfriends at the 2018 World Cup in Russia .
Previously, there had been controversies surrounding roles of wives and girlfriends of the players at major competitions , when the team performed poorly .
Asked if he would allow the players to see their wives and girlfriends, Rohr said he won’ t deny them access to their ‘ families. ”
“ Normally , every team give a day for the players to see their families . It can be their wives or children . When you stay together for six weeks , it’ s possible to permit them to see their wives on certain days , ” the German stated in Lagos , shortly after sealing a new two – year deal as Eagles coach.
He expressed confidence that the Eagles stood a chance of advancing from Group D of the World Cup , which also has two – time champions Argentina and European sides Croatia and Iceland .
“ I think we have a good chance to come out of the group . We can beat Iceland , Croatia and even Argentina, though it’ s not an advantage that we beat them in a friendly match ( in November 2017 ) because they won’ t underrate us now, ” he said .
On the fitness of the players ahead of the Mundial , the former Burkina Faso coach said , “We are depending on the work they do at their clubs because the time is too short (for us ) to make them fit for the World Cup . So , they have to play at their clubs .
“ We have a relationship with the coaches of their clubs . I spoke to Arsene Wenger on Alex Iwobi ’ s problem . I was happy at the way Wenger managed the issue by using him in the next game and he played very well .
“ Our first list of 35 players must be done one month before the World Cup . We have five scouting teams working on the players ; they also work on our opponents . ”