Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has said players can bring their wives and girlfriends to the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Speaking at a press conference, Rohr said the players will be given days off with their WAGS and the coach said he hopes this would help the players remain focused.
He said “It will be good for the players to meet with their families after a long European season”.
NFF president Amaju Pinnick responded by saying the coach has decided on the issue.
Amaju said “Rohr has the final say on this matter. I know other teams do it also but the buck rests on the coach’s table and what he says is final.”
When questioned Rohr said after every game, players will be given a day when they can welcome their families, wives and girlfriends to camp, relax with them and socialise.
Rohr defended his decision by saying “It will help the players psychologically and keep them focused for the task at hand.”
Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi last year hinted his wife will be at the tournament with him, when he declared his partners family would kill him if Nigeria do not qualify for the World Cup.
“My wife is Russian and many of our relatives and friends are from Russia. They are all expecting Nigeria to qualify for the next World Cup. I think they will kill me if I fail them,” the midfielder told FIFA official website.
Allowing the players companion visit during the World Cup, has different effects on the team.
Sometimes it has a positive effect while in other instances a negative effect like the English team to the 2006 World Cup who crashed out and their spouses were said to have cost the country.