Super Eagles of Nigeria captain, John Obi Mikel has spoken about coach Gernot Rohr’s pattern of work with the national team.
The China based midfielder said the upturn in fortunes for the team was a result of Rohr’s insistence on certain high standard.
He acclaimed his strict disciplinary measures.
Mikel described the 64-year old’s influence on the team as “radical change.”
Mikel told Guardian UK, “The coach and myself, as captain, have tried to make these young players realise that we are a team, not individuals.
“If you don’t want to play together, you are welcome to leave. It’s amazing now to go to camp. You can feel the good feelings.
“I have been in the national team since 2005 and I haven’t seen this discipline before. It is meetings, being on time, the training.
”Sometimes a player has the hump because he knows he is not going to make the team and, before in the national team, he just strolls around.
”Now, you have to train properly. If you don’t, you are leaving the camp. The coach has changed the whole mentality.”