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Exclusive: Sports Ministry Backs NFF To Sack Super Eagles’ Coach, Rohr

Exclusive: Sports Ministry Backs NFF To Sack Super Eagles’ Coach, Rohr

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Chief Sunday Dare has given approval to Nigeria Football Federation to dispense with the services of Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, and has urged the nation’s football ruling body to look inwards for a replacement, Completesports.com reports

An impeccable source in the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development revealed to Completesports.com that Chief Dare, after carefully going through the technical report from the NFF and the reasons why the football authority wants him fired, gave the go-ahead for Rohr to be disengaged.

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“The minister has given approval to NFF’s decision to sack the Super Eagles coach for poor performance, loss of control on the team and players’ restiveness, but the minister also advised the NFF to hire an indigenous coach in the interim to take charge of the Super Eagles,” our source divulged.

“There was no way Rohr would continue to handle the Super Eagles following series of indictments contained in the technical report and the reasons why the NFF wanted the Franco/German fired after the nerve wracking World Cup qualifying game against Cape Verde

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“But the minister also advised the NFF to look inwards in the appointment of Rohr’s replacement to save the country several millions of money and also encouraging our local coaches who have been waiting for the opportunity to grow and achieve. The minister believes there are quite a few Nigerian coaches who are experienced as players and now coaches.”

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Our source also revealed: “The NFF also explained how it intends to pay off the contractual agreement they had with Rohr and the minister is satisfied with the payment schedule”.

It would be recalled that the NFF Executive Committee met after the Super Eagles’ nerve-racking 1-1 draw with Cape Verde in Lagos, a match that almost threw Nigeria’s quest to be at next year’s World Cup overboard, and decided it was time to send Rohr packing

Unconfirmed reports in the media had it that president of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Piñnick has already made contacts with some foreign coaches with the intent to appoint one to guide the Super Eagles at AFCON 2021 in Cameroon and the 2022 World Cup qualifiers final play-off round.

Will the Pinnick-led NFF heed the Minister’s advise and appoint an indigenous coach?, will be the big question on the lips of the Nigerian football faithful.

By Richard Jideaka, Abuja

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  • Omo9ja 6 months ago

    The minister has given approval to NFF’s decision to sack the Super Eagles coach for poor performance, loss of control on the team and players’ restiveness, but the minister also advised the NFF to hire an indigenous coach in the interim to take charge of the Super Eagles,” our source divulged.

    But the minister also advised the NFF to look inwards in the appointment of Rohr’s replacement to save the country several millions of money and also encouraging our local coaches who have been waiting for the opportunity to grow and achieve. The minister believes there are quite a few Nigerian coaches who are experienced as players and now coaches.”

    This is very good. God bless you Mr. Dare.

    This is an opportunity for Amunike, Egbo, Marnu Gerba, Peter Rufai, Enyeama and Ikeme to rebuild Super Eagles for us before the Afcon.

    The sports minister have spoken. NFF should follow Mr. Dare’s advice.

    Why spending a huge amount of money on a new foriegn coach when we have our ex players that even better than the foriegn coach?

    For this reason, Amunike and co should get ready. Enough of foriegn coach for now and after the Afcon and Nigerians not pleased with our own then, NFF can hire a foreign coach. Shikena. Together we can build Nigeria. Bravo to the sport minister. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

     
  • Francis Eluba 6 months ago

    Any policy wether in statement or action that puts our sports in good footing is welcome. The Minister who has vast experience mostly as it concerns legal matters should ensure there are no legal frailty to be entertained from FIFA. As per local content, I am suggesting Olise Garba, Amunike, Rufus and Agu. Okocha should be on the technical board. Good Luck the Super Eagles! God bless Nigeria!!

     
    • Francis Eluba 6 months ago

      Correction:

      Any policy whether in statement or action that puts our sports in good footing is welcome. The Minister who has vast experience mostly as it concerns legal matters should ensure there are no legal frailty to be entertained from FIFA. As per local content, I am suggesting Olise, Garba, Amunike, Rufia and Agu. Okocha, Kanu should be on the technical board. Good Luck the Super Eagles! God bless Nigeria!!

       
      • benakay 6 months ago

        Was your imbecile of a Minister elected by a local football body or was he a govt appointee. If the latter, he has no business, under FIFA statutes, to be making decisions impacting football.
        That is tantamount to interference and will likely invite sanctions.

        That buffon, who has zero experience regarding football administration, should focus on paying our basketballers their due (which they earned by their olympic and FIBA tournament performances), which he has refused to pay them and also answer to his bungling of the Puma contract (which Puma has sued Nigeria for).

        Instead, he would rather pretend that he is relevant by overreaching and interfering into matters that he shouldn’t. He is just like his predecessor, that beret wearing illiterate Dumb-long.

         
  • Ozony 6 months ago

    Let the NFF not listen to Dare. It will be costlier for Nigeria to sack Rohr now. Let us not make the mistake of 1998 when we fired Phillipe Trousier and hiring Bora Milatunovic. Is sports ministry ministry immune to difficult matches? It is actually a lowly team that will give you difficult match by packing their defence. Algeria or Cameroun should not come to Nigeria and play such style of football.
    Italy in USA ’94 qualified from their group with barely 3 points (3rd team from the group) even with world best footballer but the country had faith with the coach and Italy played in the final with Brazil and it took the latter a penalty shootout to eliminate them.
    Again in 2013, when we won our last nations cup, Keshi had strings of poor results before clinching the cup. Presently, Liverpool is enjoying their manager because they kept faith with him during his period of challenge. Now let me ask again: Is Dare or NFF averse to challenge? They wanted Eagles to pummel any team like the way they did in the past viz en route USA ’94 (4-1 against Cote d’Ivoire and Algeria; 4-0 against South Africa that won the cup latter). No minnows in football! Lest I forgot! It took the questionable mistake by Burkinababe keeper who allowed a back pass from his defender to slip in-between his legs to earn us qualification for France ’98, having earlier lost to Guinea in Conakry. The list is endless. My honorable Minister, a stitch in time saves nine.

     
  • WHY DOES ROHR PREFER PLAYERS PLAYING IN SAUDI ARABIA, GERMAN SECOND DIVISION AND THOSE IN TURKEY TO PLAYERS PLAYING IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE, GERMAN FIRST DIVISION AND THOSE PLAYING IN EUROPA COMPETITION.
    WHY DOES HE USE “EXPERIENCE” AS AN EXCUSE TO IGNORE YOUNG PLAYERS WHO ARE DOING VERY WELL IN THEIR CLUBS AND INSTEAD CALL UP AND START OLDER PLAYERS WHO HAVE PLAYED THEIR BEST FOOTBALL IN THE PAST AND HAVE NO BUSINESS BEING IN THE TEAM.
    THE COACH HAS REALLY DISAPPOINTED SUPER EAGLES FANS. HE STARTED WELL WITH TAKING YOUNG PLAYERS TO THE LAST WORLD CUP BUT SINCE THEN HE HAS DONE NOTHING OF NOTE TO IMPROVE THE TEAM. ITS TIME GOR HIM TO GO. HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN LET GO SOONER BUT I GUESS THE NFF WERE WAITING FOR THE QUALIFIERS TO BE OVER. ANYONE EXCEPT SALUSI CAN TAKE OVER THE TEAM BECAUSE THE PLAYERS, TALENT AND ABILITY IS THERE. ITS JUST FOR THE NEW COACH TO KNOW HOW TO MAKE USE OF THESE PLAYERS AND ALSO INVITE THE RIGHT PLAYERS AND DROP THOSE PLAYERS WHO ADD NOTHING TO THE TEAM

     
  • TALK UR OWN 6 months ago

    GERNOT ROHR YOU ARE THE ARCHITECT OF YOUR PROBLEM THAT MAKE SO MANY NIGERIANS TO BE DISSATISFIED WITH YOUR TECHNICAL COMPETENCE IN SUPER EAGLE.
    **1. MAKING A LATE SUBSTITUTION IN A MATCH AFTER FIFA APPROVAL FOR 5-SUBSTITUTION IN A MATCH. BUT YOU FAIL TO MAKE USE OF THE ADVANTAGE
    **2. NOT GIVING ENOUGH CHANCES TO NEWLY INVITED PLAYERS IN A TEST MATCHES
    **3. DOING PREFENTIAL TREATMENT IN YOUR SELECTION E.G benching EJUKE for SIMON
    **4.INVITING RETIREE & OLD CARGO IGHALO BACK TO SUPER EAGLE WHEN WE HAVE MANY STRIKERS DOING WELL,SCORING GOALS WEEK-IN WEEK-OUT IN EUROPEAN LEAGUE
    **5 PERSISTENCE SNUBBING OF BEST NIGERIA PLAYERS LIKE DESSERS, MOFFI, ONYEKURU, OSIGWE,EBUEHI, NWAKALI, AJAYI, DENNIS, LOOKMAN, SADIQ, AWONIYI
    **5. INABILITY TO READ GAME AND MAKE CHANGES IN TIME.
    INFACT WE ARE TIRED OF WATCHING SUPER EAGLE MATCHES WITH UNREST MIND.

     
  • Ako AMADI 6 months ago

    No coach, foreign or indigenous survives the corruption and technical illiteracy of Nigerian sports .

     
  • Oakfield 6 months ago

    Lol… Make una sack am nah….. This no be news. All this noise about sack is getting boring. Sack him make we see….. Lol…. Useless bunch….. Looking inwards an appoint who?????

     
    • Fairplay 6 months ago

      I agree with you my brother,that was how Dare and NFF looked inwards and got pummeled 4-0 recently by Mexico. Sack no, sack ko.

       
      • NaijaEaglesFan 6 months ago

        What has the sports minister actually done for Nigeria sports ?

         
  • William d conqueror 6 months ago

    O pe ooo, I think the corrupt amaju should go with him as well. For extending rohr contract after all the technical deficiency the man showed in Afcon 2019 in Egypt.

     
  • My own opinion is that the decision of NFF on who to take over or to retain Coach Rohr is now (i.e This week). This is because the 2022 AFCON will commence exactly 6 weeks from today 27th November, 2021. The time is short. Mr. Melvin Pinnick NFF president, over to you. All we want is a competent coach who can harness these bunch of great talents into a great team whether it’s loacal coach or foreign coach. Competency should be the watch word just like what Tuchel is doing in Chelsea and what the coach of England is doing with the three lions. Let the NFF work with time because the time is limited to the AFCON festival. Thanks. God bless Nigeria

     
  • Sean T 6 months ago

    Rhor has lot of problem and the sooner all his followers realize it the better. When Keshi won the Afcon, is he being treated well by the NFF or sport ministry ? was he not owed ? was there no corruption at that time ? Did he have arrays of strikers like we have now? Is their depth in the squad as we have now ? One can argue Keshi have a better midfielders and Keeper but Rhor has spent over 5 years so their is no excuse for him not to find a balance in the team and make do with the midfield we have by using wingers who are attack minded to support the midfield and not some whack wing backs in the name of Simon and Collins who are not contributing anything offensively.

    Another problem is Rhor can’t impact a match with his substitutions. Is either he make late changes, throw the wrong players in that yield no positive result

    Players selection: Rhor supporters, ask yourself why he prefer to use whack and poor players from lower divisions, Saudi Arabia and the likes while he bench or refuse to invite the better players performing consistently at their club sides

    Game Management: Why on earth will a team continue to loose or draw a match they’re supposed to win by conceding late goals or losing focus towards the end of the match ? What is the job of the Coach if he can’t stand up up to his responsibilities by cheering them on, giving instructions from the touchline & deploying tactics to kill the game for the opponent. We’ve seen situations where our defenders keep kicking the ball away just because they’re under pressure even when they’ve the opportunity to pass to teammates or maneuver their way out of problem. Kicking the ball back to the opponent when you’re under pressure is like inviting the opponent to come and attack u even more bcos anytime you do that, you lost possession.

    Lastly Rhor is very rigid to his approach to matches. He lack the ability to determine opponent weakness and take advantage of it. He is the kind of Coach that can use the 3 defensive midfielder even when playing Somalia and leave Osimhen alone upfront to be fighting like a Lion. He can’t read the game or identify areas where we are being punished by the opponent and make the right changes.

    So tell me did someone like that deserve to be our darling SE coach ? Or do we deserve to watch Eagles match with our heart in the mouth ?

     
    • JimmyBall 6 months ago

      @Sean T… thank you! Sense full your brain… leave confused fans alone. They have forgotten too soon how some of them almost recently developed heart attack aginst Cape Verde right in our home Lagos…

       
      • Let’s see if NFF gambling will pay off.

        They stand a chance of doing badly in nations cup due to no time for the new coach to work with the team

        And also failing to qualify for World Cup

        Make we see

         
    • Ozony 6 months ago

      Thanks for your submissions. I understand your points. I am not Rohr’s supporter even though I might have written a bit in his favour. I nearly had arrhythmia during our match with Cape Verde. However, I needed to dig into the history so that we don’t make same mistake like in the past. Some live today absolutely forgetting yesterday as if it never existed. To cap it up is for someone to call for return of Olise. This is the man who dumped SE when it was obvious to him we can’t qualify. What we should be doing now is to beef up the technical crew. Westerhof did it from his purse when he singlehandedly employed Bonfrere Jo but not to sack him afterall his contracts did not say that we should terminate his contract if he plays any diffcult match rather it says he should qualify us and the man is on course. You marvel at Rohr’s next result. I believe the ministry is just harassing him so that he gets serious. In this modern era you sack a coach then give press briefing not the other way round.

       
    • Greenturf 6 months ago

      The end justifies the means brother.The coach you painted black comfortably qualified you for the nations cup a tournament your preferred coaches failed to deliver on three occasions prior to Rohr’s appointment.Your FIFA ratings was a disgrace the same man you are maliciously putting apart brought redemption to a dieing football and today you are amongst the best rated teams in Africa yet you turned a blind eyes to this achievements wow you do really amaze me.
      This good coach has raised our standards to the level we are mad with our expectations but forgetting before his appointment many of us were beginning to lose interest in Nigerian football.We do have very poor memory.
      Many of us are racist and evil.
      Probably,some of us despite making so much noise about achieving in Europe may be trying too hard,taking their frustration of struggles in Europe against an innocent man who is only doing his job,a good job for that matter.A genuinely successful man in Europe won’t be so agitated against a European working in his country transfering unnecessary aggression to get back at the wrong persons.
      Qualification for the world cup isn’t a tea party!Italy and Portugal have not sacked their coaches.Algeria currently has the best team in Africa yet struggled to get a draw at home to Burkina Faso,they still retained their coach.You not going through a group without a couple of difficult games, apparently,this are the kind of games that helps you to get better.Calling for the head of a coach that has led you to the final stages of the world cup playoffs is a wrong decision.A coach that qualified you already for the nations cup a tournament to kick off just over a month who does that??Only in Nigeria this kind of poor decisions that comes back hard at them are taken pathetic!!!

       
  • Chima E Samuels 6 months ago

    Amunike for the Job. Nigeria first the rest can follow!!!

     
  • Chibuike 6 months ago

    Una never pay his outstanding salaries and player’s bonuses. Na new coach una wan bring. God go shame all of una if this coach leave.

     
  • JimmyBall 6 months ago

    @Chibuike… If NFF can owe local coaches then Gernot Rohr being owed is not new. When Oliseh left because of the way he was treated most of you till date said he absconded even though the man complained for several months of ill treatment…

     
    • Douglas John Ufuoma 6 months ago

      it either you are working for somebody or you an agent who rohr has not allow to bring in players. first you claim that the league one play doesn’t matter, that many of our defenders cannot bench any alhaly of Egypt. again u claim that the egypt is way above most european clubs. if the egyptean league is so good y did salah go abroad, defenders in egyptean league why has club from abroad not go for them, last time i check all their best players are foreign base.
      you accuse rohr of being a fraudster and mechanic, don’t forget the same contract u are accusing nff president, is the same cntract odegbami claimed was offered to him so as to frustrate him to quick, but he beat u people to ur game, y crying foul now. the same team a foreign coach rejected because they gave him the task of qualifying Nigeria to world cup and nations cup alone and the said coach turn down the offer calling it unrealistic goal. but the man u are insulting the task and qualify us from group comprising cameroon, zambia and algeria with a game to spare, this task ur world best sunday olise ran away from. this man u call machanic has always qualify with points.
      name one task in his contract that he failed to deliver. u having dancing naked here for days that algeria, tunisia are better than Nigeria but u forgot to indicate that we all qualify with the same point and we all waited for the last to qualify. secondly, we have the same point with egypt, the different is that other countries in egypt won their home games and draw thers, which in ur case eother countries were there just to answer present. this cape verd defended and top cameroon in last qualification edition.
      name any country that have appoint their youth team coach as senior team coach just because they perform well with the yuth grade teams. u mention siasia, pls name one senior team compitition he has qualify super for. how far did he go with star storm u20 he inherited. team that has haruna lukman, ibrahim and others. u claim it was siasia that discover mikel, obuke and co, hmmmmm. what happen to keshi 2003 u17 team, if u can recall then u will stop that lie of siasia discovery of mikel and co. again u claim siasia won accolade from international body, may be the fifa suspension u are counting as one, if not how can a coach who didn’t qualify super eagles for any tournament relegated ocean boys and almost relegated another top flight club before he was sack won international accolade, maybe they have change the meaning of accolade.
      jimmyball, don’t forget that what goes around comes around. i wait for ur reply

       
      • JimmyBall 6 months ago

        @Douglas John Ufuoma… Your wailing are coming late… bus is alrwsding waiting to take Rohr to the airport… You can join him please. What you just stated above are fallacious hypothesis and we have moved past that as a nation!

         
  • Oya pay him what is due him as contained in the agreement and let him go na!!!
    Tell me the team that beat Nigeria 3:0 and above under Rhor.
    God heard Keshi’s cry, vindicated him and punished Nigeria afterwards (by not qualifying for the next 2 tournaments).
    Address the basic issues and other age grade football with the same energy. If not, God’s wrath awaits Nigeria for the unfair judgement on Rohr.
    All those players you mentioned, have they not been invited, how do they fare? Oh, you forget to mention Unuachu. You expect a fine football in your bad pitch and a team that is physical and defense minded.
    Compare S.E matches played in Lagos and Uyo and see the difference for yourself.

     
  • JimmyBall 6 months ago

    Breaking News… Severance package agreed by Rohr and NFF for him to step down from the Super Eagles coaching position… Baba just hammer retirement package…

    https://scorenigeria.com.ng/rohr-severance-package-from-super-eagles-agreed/

    This is good news for Nigeria soccer as we can now kiss goodbye to boring football display,average players and heart attack football situation. The last one made Nigerians develop sense, Cape Verde a country of just over 500,000 people coming to cause a country of 400times their size national heart attack memorial day… What have we not seen witnessed under Rohr?

     
  • As it stands, Rhor can not even continue with the super eagles because you guys have made the atmosphere unfavorable for him. The man have agreed to leave, You guys are the ones delaying him. All of you clamouring for his sack and love S.E more than any other thing should contribute money, reach out to NFF and settle Rhor as time is no longer on your side. A word is enough for the wise. Enough of all these saga! Make the man get peace abeg.

     
  • Razak 6 months ago

    I just hope that Nigeria will not regret firing Gernot Rohr there will be nowhere to hide I remember Amode shaib, Philipe Trouser let NFF and Sports Minister Sunday Dare put their heard on the block. Good luck you need a miracle to succeed.

     
  • JimmyBall 6 months ago

    @Razak… this is not the time of Ahmadu and Troussier. Rohr just does not have what it takes… he has been running on luck with total absence of any real technical input… soon when he meets a good team in our weight class his luck will run out! He has earned his pension so let him just leave in peace… we wish him well in his future endavours!!!

     
    • Ozony 6 months ago

      @Jimmyball,I hope you have not been paid to vilify Rohr in this platform. For this man to have qualified us in last world cup with quality in both Algerian and Camerounian team and you come here to rubbish his credentials like this is grossly unfair.We are not calling on sentimemts or fuss but facts. Maybe you sack him and employ Amuneke as some are suggesting but let me put the record straight to you that Amuneke failed to qualify a team that won under 17 world cup, for under 20 African championship. Aston Villa and a whole lot of English teams surreptitiously sacked their coach before issuing press release. So this whole campaign against him in this forum by you before sacking portends his achievements- just like coup d’etat where you employ campaign of calumny against your seeminly better opponent to sell dummy to unsuspecting and naive crowd. We are not naive here but have the records up our sleeves.

       
      • JimmyBall 6 months ago

        @Ozony… this is where you all get it wrong. “Amuneke failed to qualify a team that won U-17 world cup” for common U-20 African Nations Cup… hmmm? Ask yourself how long back that is? Have you played rain football on a soggy artificial turf before? Now let me refresh your memories on the episode that led to that Amuneke U-20 team not qualifying for that tournament in Zambia 2017.

        Nigeria defeated Sudan 1 vs 2 Nigeria in the first leg away. That should tell you Amuneke was no push over to have accomplished such result away… now even the Sudanese have a better playing turf than most Nigerian pitches especially better than Teslim Balogun turf… then it was still artificial, I dont know if it has ceased being artificial pitch and now grass.

        NFF with their usual attitude, took that game to Lagos in the middle of rainy season, I watched the match myself incase you did not, Nigeria led Nigeria 3 vs 1 Sudan up till about 10minutes to end of game, the boys became complacent even though football on the turf was unplayable, but after the first leg, Sudan changed almost eight of their squad members from first leg and fielded clearly overaged dudes in the return and despite that our boys led… but playing football on a soggy pitch with rains pouring down and exhaustion on our boys, the evident physicality of the Sudanese later bore in and they manage to equalise and win in a nervy game… that was never football played on that game.

        If NFF were not looking for usual easy ways to fun national games they would have moved that game to any state in the North where it was a given that conditions on that day will be dry for free and expresss football. So it was never Amuneke’s fault but the NFF myopic decisions and choices even though weather forecast ought to have told them it will rain that day in lagos… since then Amunek has moved to coach in Tanzania and added more coaching experience…

        Finally, no coaching experience can be more than playing for the likes of Barcelona and Sporting Lisbon with players like Stoichov, Ronaldo and other portuguese greats who were with him at Sporting Lisbon. We just need to begin to trust our own people, Oyinbo no the do magic about football and coaching… na just better organisation them get… but you see Rohr? Na quack baba just be so we should all celebrate that he is gone…

         
        • JimmyBall 6 months ago

          I just tire for black people… always looking for his saviour… whiteman, pleading, begging and crying for his white master, messiah to come and save him… cant govern himself, has riches but does not know how to use it to improve his own life… let us give our people and fail with them, that is how to grow and easrn respect for your race and people. Africans have been playing football even before colonial times… yet have not figured a way to believe in their knowledge and culture about the game… I weak for my poeple! Rohr leaving will not crash heaven unto earth… he has earned his retirement benefit… he is journeyman coach… the likes who when they become spent in ideas and actions and cant find work in their continen anywhere near football… they rush to Africa knowing their whiteskin will fool our people and pave way for them… Nigerians are wise now and Rohr’s hypnotuc magic has become impotent… we wish him adios!

           
          • Africans have been playing football before colonialism!! You are such a dirty liar. Another Lai Mohammed in the making

             
          • JimmyBall 6 months ago

            @Ben… if you are smart you wont just open mouth to insult anyone at whim, yes African have been playing football before they got independence from colonial rule, is English too hard for you to understand? Just use Google atleast before you come to call someone names… what is the lie in my comment?

            Historyville:
            Football was first introduced to Nigeria by the British at the start of the twentieth century. The first recorded football match in Nigeria was in 1904. By 1950, football had become the national game of the country.
            Governing body: Nigeria Football Federation
            First played: 1904

            The “UK Tourists” were Nigeria’s early national football team. Also nicknamed the “Red Devils” due to their red shirts, the team was the first play matches abroad when they toured England, playing various clubs in 1949.

            https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/4a/Circa_1949_-_Nigerian_-UK_Tourists-_national_team.jpg

            https://joliba-africa.com/2019/07/11/the-nigerian-football-team-1949/

             
        • Dr Banks 6 months ago

          @JimmyBall nawa for you o, this your excuse for failure of Amunike was the most useless excuse I will ever read from someone. If the pitch was a soggy rain spoiled pitch, was it not the same pitch that both teams were playing? Was it not your home pitch where Nigeria team should be more acclimatised to better than Sudan. You are here giving excuse for Amunike trowing away a 3:1 lead at 80th minute to lose the match conceding 3 goals in last 10 mins but you nearly cut off the head of Rohr for drawing a match from 4:1 in the whole 2nd half……………..haba you are such an Hypocrite and a good for nothing guy that only speaketh from a hatred point of perspective without any iota of integrity.

          Amunike has since coached Tanzania, qualified for AFCON by the skin of his teeth and lost all 3 matches in AFCON, not even a point salvaged with Ordinary Kenya, then summarily sacked thereafter. His stats with Tanzania was a very poor one, won 2, draw 1, lost 6. He lost to teams like Lesotho, Sudan, Kenya and drew with Burundi home and away. Sacked after losing to Sudan at home and this is the pedigree of the man you want to entrust with winning AFCON for Nigeria? His only coaching achievement to date is U-17 WC Triumph which we all know how it goes there.

          He was demoted to a common Academy scout in a lowly club in Egypt just after 1 month in charge and this is the person you want to Handle the so called superstars in SE? His sojourn in Barcelona as a player was highly unsuccessful as he was regarded as their worst buy of all time.

          So guy if you truly love SE and want to see them put a smile on Nigerians; faces, desist from your campaign of calumny and refund the bribe you took from these agents of destruction and tell them you can’t do their dirty job for them.

           
          • JimmyBall 6 months ago

            Let him be demoted everywhere… why dont you ask Gernot Rohr to go to Tanzania. A country that is one of the largest in East and South Africa but so weak in football, you compare to the level of Nigera. Is there any name of a prominent Tanzanian footballer you know other than Samatta? Even Thomas Tuchel will fail with Tanzania because they dont ave any real football culture… Amuneke has worked with most of the lads in the SE today… go your own a chance and stop worshipping average journeymen white coaches who come to Africa to hypnotize our self-hating football aministrators… tell me honestly… can Rohr at his leel and age coach any decent team today be it professional club or amateur anywhere in a top 5 league Nation in Europe? The man his hit his crest pleasssssse! Lol… I take God beg you, free yourself from Rohr hypnotic magic today for the good of your life.

            @Dr Banks… just like fish out of the water. on dry land, who wriggled vigorously and found its was back to water… only to swim away with sluggishly and be caught again with the fisherman’s net… Lol, you have gotten a breather after the 220Volts of Electric Jolt ( Heartattack Football) Rohr subjected you to recently still have not learn your lesson and still contemlating going back for more Electric Jolts… brother NFF has saved all of us from that Blood Pressure Avalanche we have come to know Rohr for… Go… sing Hallelujah and thank the Lord for his mercies… hahahahaha! You @Dr.Banks you were the first to call for Rohr’s head after the game against Cape Verde but suddenly you have found your heart rhythm again after overdosing on your blood pressure pills you have been using since Rohr first lost in Uyo to South Africa…

            Guy go and thank you God by yourself! Lol…

             
  • Time waits for no one hence we should move on quickly to make the key decisions now..,… Afcon is upon us and the playoffs are breathing down our neck……I really hope Rhor stays even as his most brutal critic because continuity is also an advantage in football…….I will always support SE no matter who is incharge or playing……I will love to see SE put smiles on the faces of Nigerians in the Afcon early next year considering the hardship the Government has planned to inflict on the poor masses in the beginning of next year……. Football gives hope and joy to many Nigerians and it should be handled with care by those making decisions.

     
  • Greenturf 6 months ago

    @JimmyBall would you have made same excuses if Rohr was the failed 2017 class of Nigerian under 20 team even in similar circumstances or the super eagles losing at home to a team in same weather conditions?

     
  • Collins id 6 months ago

    Rohr wasnt that bad from The beginning, he developed mental stress along The Long Run, a coach who started with a Sound 433 system that was working for him, and qualified him for two major turneo, how did he suddenly start using 5 midfielders against capeverd and centralafrica or liberia, a coach that goes through The training section of bayernmunich, follows tuchel and luv, should know how to develop attacking football, also how can he stick with aribo as A central midfieder for so long, without assist or even long passes to remember, how can he stick to musa who is obviously not good enough for kano pillers at The moment, how can he trust moses Simon who cannot and doesnt make any magikal moves since oliseh left. rohr was not just a problem to us, he was a problem to africa and to his own self. Immediately mikel and onazi became unavailable for us, he developed a Sound replacement of ndidi etebo and iwobi, which took him to afcon semi, not a bad result, kalu and chukueze osihmen was so glad to watch, i expected a Sound coach to know what works for his team and creat better replacement for each position, Aribo have no business in our middle, he is Good but doesnt posses such carracter, its either he Plays ndidi and etebo, or ndidi and shehu, shehu and etebo, onyeka another option for The three, Aribo should be option for iwobi, chukueze and iheanacho, Aribo can do Better upfront. Ejuke, kalu, dennis, dessers can do better in The left wing instead of musa and moses Simon who can nolonger do anything amaizing in that wing, he should have invited nwobodo and the nwakalis to give us a balance midfield even if they are on The bench, he rohr cannot play PlayStation with his last formations not to talk of real match, ejuke coming in for iwobi was realy funny for a modern football. 5 midfielders against capeverd is an insult to ndidi and onyeka. Idowu or Awaziem should start benching ekong, and akpoguma for balogun if They are now too comfortable in their roles.
    My advice is that they should combine amunike and finidi george plus egbo, they will do Better than what rohr is doing, if not they should allow him but, give him some of these guys to help him in selection and substitutes making.

     
    • I missed you o… Collins ID. I thoroughly enjoyed the passion in your piece above.

       
    • JimmyBall 6 months ago

      @Collins id… where have you been? I vote for this your comment: “My advice is that they should combine amunike and finidi george plus egbo, they will do Better than what rohr is doing, if not they should allow him but, give him some of these guys to help him in selection and substitutes making”

      The only shift is that, Rohr has used up 5years and have failed grossly to convince and flatter Nigerians, what about all the strange callups? John Noble on bench in Enyimba, Ezenwa on bench for Afelohkai? Inviting Calvin Bassey who is better than both Zaidu and Collins naturally and sit the young man on the bench for two solid back-to–back´games… Rohr started running the team like a closed cult and evidently became drunk with power… meanwhile, he could not even control and tame his Loyal players. It has taken five(5) years he has played Ekong and Balogun non-stop even though these guys though good have shon weaknesses and frailties from time to time… who can forget Balogun’s howler against Madagascar? Balogun’s falling and huddling with Ekong unto each other in a pile of bodies against CAR recently… not to mention the numerous own goals and penalties Ekong has given away in crucial games… should mention Ekong vs Mahrez? Ekong versu Mandzukic? Look at that Anthony guy… very skillfull and even though he was invited against Cameroon… Rohr fucked him up at the bench… please let us help ourselves… this man Rohr has seen better days!

       
  • JimmyBall 6 months ago

    Let him be demoted everywhere… why dont you ask Gernot Rohr to go to Tanzania. A country that is one of the largest in East and South Africa but so weak in football, you compare to the level of Nigeria. Is there any name of a prominent Tanzanian footballer you know other than Samatta? Even Thomas Tuchel will fail with Tanzania because they dont have any real football culture… Amuneke has worked with most of the lads in the SE today… give your own a chance and stop worshipping average journeymen white coaches who come to Africa to hypnotize our self-hating football aministrators using the sophistication of their skin colour… tell me honestly… can Rohr at his level of tacticality and age, coach any decent team today, be it professional club or amateur anywhere in a top 5 league National leagues in Europe? The man hss hit his crest please! Lol… I take God beg you, free yourself from Rohr hypnotic magic today for the good of your life.

    @Dr Banks… just like fish out of the water. on dry land, who wriggled vigorously and found its was back to water… only to swim away sluggishly and be caught again in the fisherman’s net… Lol, you have gotten a breather after the 220Volts of Electric Jolt ( Heartattack Football) Rohr subjected you to recently still have not learnt your lessons and still contemplating going back for more Electric Jolts… brother NFF has saved all of us from that Blood Pressure Avalanche we have come to know Rohr for… Go… sing Hallelujah… and thank the Lord for his mercies… hahahahaha! You @Dr.Banks you were the first to call for Rohr’s head after the game against Cape Verde but suddenly you have found your heart rhythm again after overdosing on your blood pressure pills you have been using since Rohr first lost in Uyo to South Africa…

    Guy go and thank your God by yourself! Lol…

     
    • Dr Banks 6 months ago

      My dear brother, you seem to be getting me wrong……..I used to be a Rohr supporter but has consistently disappointed in recent matches starting from the Sierra Leone game up till when he finally nailed his coffin in the last matches with Liberia and Cabo Verde. I DEFINITELY AM IN SUPPORT OF GERNOT ROHR SACK AS SE COACH.

      However I believe that a more tactical European or South American coach should be appointed ASAP to take us through AFCON and WC playoff with a creditable indigenous coach as assistant coach to be groomed for taking over after the Qatar WC

      Gernot Rohr surely has nothing left to offer us any longer, the law of diminishing return has definitely set in and there is now a total breakdown of trust between Rohr and his employer, the fans and the Government of Nigeria

       
  • DA-chris-UC 6 months ago

    You can shout as loud as you can… but the truth you refuse to see is that the players themselves want to fly or die with GR.

    History has it that MOST TIMES only three people have the power to sack a coach either country or club.
    1. THE President (country/club)
    2. THE FA
    3. THE players
    One among these can not sack a coach, it has to be a clear majority of 2:1.

    NOW IN NIGERIA’S case

    The president (Senate and House) are backing GR full time
    The players (with Musa the captain) are not moving ground on supporting GR
    The NFF is sitting on the fence…body language says SACK but their head says DONT SACK when you do not have the fund to pay GR

    Do the maths. It’s less than 5 weeks to a major competition and the only time to meet with the players will be in 3 weeks to camp a week before the competition starts… Even Sir. Alex Fergason will not take the job.

    The only shortcut to sack GR is IF AND ONLY when he doesn’t win AFCON as agreed in the document signed.

    My fellow SE fans, you be die-hard fan abi na creazy fan… oga no kee ya sef.

    The dice are cast:
    1. If you want GR to be sacked, just wish the team bad luck not to win the next AFCON. Because If SE wins AFCON 2022, GR stays because he met his target again.

    2. If the players want to keep GR as the coach they must win AFCON 2022 which is the target given to him. How they play to win was not included in the contract GR signed.

    3. If the NFF wants to sack GR they should make the administrative/management of the team to AFCON 2022 the worst ever so that the team will fail even before kicking the first ball.

    4. If the President (Senate and House with team Captain Musa northern connections) wants to keep GR, they know the strings of power to pull.

    Like I said earlier. your shout will not change the card on the board. Its beyond being a fan.

    I’m not @Dr.Drey but if you tag me I will take it as a compliment.

     
  • Dr Banks 6 months ago

    It’s really appalling the absolute lack of good coaching options that a great country like Nigeria possess at the moment.

    There is a palpable dearth of quality indigenous coaches in the Country that all names being brandished left right and centre are just an impending source of disaster if we make a mistake of appointing any of them to tinker the SE.

    Keshi, of blessed memories learnt the trade by assisting Bonfrere, Amodu Shaibu from 1994 to 2002, then coached Togo and qualified them against all odds for FIFA WC 2006, Coached Mali and Togo in AFCON, given a chance with Nigeria U-20 before he eventually get the nod to Tinker the SE to Glory in 2013 AFCON. That was the recipe for his AFCON Triumph in 2013 and his impeccable records in the WC 2014.

    Shaibu Amodu showed his tactical prowess by coaching BBC Lions to League and Continental tittles before being saddled with tinkering SE to WC Qualifications on 2 occasions and AFCON Bronze.

    Onigbinde’s track records in the League and Silver winning 1984 team needs no introduction hence was saddled with Assembling a completely new team to 2002 WC which was a flop not because Onigbinde is bad but because you can’t discard a whole team and assemble a new one to prosecute such an important competition in a space of 4 months……….our administrators goofed big time there.

    These distinguished coaches have a special place in the history of soccer in Nigeria due to their impeccable track records before landing the Job of National Coach of SE.
    Other coaches like Paul Hamilton, Christian Chukwu, Eguavoen, Siasia, Amokachi, Oliseh, Udemezue etc failed simply because they were appointed based on sentiments, underage team success, being a past AFCON winner as a player etc without any enviable record as a coach in club or senior team football.

    Should we then forget history and go backwards to the trend of just appointing a SE coach simply based on U-17 success? Amunike failed woefully by not Qualifying for the ordinary 2017 U-20 AFCON with a team comprising of a combination of 2 consecutive U-17 WC winners…………..that’s a monumental failure if you ask me.
    He failed with Tanzania, winning only 2 matches out of 9 while losing to teams like Sudan, Kenya, Lesotho. A paltry 20% win ratio.
    He failed with a club side in Sudan, came to a modest club in Egypt and was immediately demoted to become an academy scout after just 1 month in charge with no win. So you want an academy scout in an Egyptian modestl club to be the Chief coach of Almighty SE of Nigeria? Tufiakwa

    Finidi has only started his coaching journey with Eyimba at the moment without even a single league match under his belt and now he must be drafted to SE coaching crew……………Oh my people, where art thou sense of accomplishments?

    Egbo, though has some accolade to his name by being the very first African to win a league in Europe and coach a team in the UEFA Champions League …………great I will say but he was summarily sacked after a series of poor results the following season………That showed inconsistency and not enough to give him the mandate to Tinkering the SE at the present moment. However I will recommend him for the post of 1st Assistant coach to understudy a technically competent and tactical Foreign coach for now to get the grasp of International soccer and further learn the rudiments of international football before taking over at a later period.

    My advice to Finidi and Amunike will be to first distinguish themselves as a senior team coach first before considering a venture into the International terrain.
    Amunike in particular lost the chance of being the substantive successor to Rohr when he refused to be an assistant to Rohr before the eventual fraudulent appointment of fashionista YOBO. He ran away from contributing to the growth of the team while planting his feet firmly in the running of the team with the aim of taking over soonest………sheer ARROGANCE!!!

    I rest my case for now!!!

     
  • Top 5 Lukewarm Players During World Cup
    ___ Qualifiers ___

    As the quest for who to replace Gernot Rohr continues, with the Sports Ministry electing for a local coach which comes at odds with the NFF’s preference for a foreign coach, I look at the players who perhaps could have performed better recently.

    Without a shadow of doubt, the Super Eagles lifeless and uninspiring displays in the recently concluded round of world cup qualifiers led to calls for the head of head coach Gernot Rohr.

    Rohr pinned his hopes on a cluster of players, some of whom let him down with insipid displays throughout the campaign.

    I now take a look at 5 of such players.

    1) Moses Simon: zero goal and zero assist in all 6 qualifiers reveal how dire Simon’s deliveries were throughout the campaign. Despite his dubious output, Gernot Rohr used Simon in all the world cup qualifiers, a reason why many fans want to see the back of the German, and hopefully the back of Simon under a new coach.

    Simon’s Qualifier Scorecard: 6 games, 0 goals, 0 clean assists, 1 key moment is his deflected assist to Osihmen’s goal against Cape Verde.

    2) Ahmed Musa: the Leicester City flop appears to many fans to be overstaying is welcome in Nigeria colours. Capable of some truly scintillating moments, Musa did nothing extraordinary in the 5 games he played in the qualifiers apart from 1 penalty scored against Liberia away.

    The consensus is that Musa keeps taking the place of a more dynamic wing option for the Super Eagles like Emmanuel Denise or even young Dele Bashiru (who can be repurposed to play as a winger).

    Musa’s qualifier scorecard: 5 games, no assists, no goals in open play, 1 penalty, largely forgettable outings.

    3) Joe Aribo: the Rangers man had a most underwhelming campaign in the heart of Nigeria’s midfield in the 5 games he played. Not once did Rohr feel the need to replace the young midfielder with a more flamboyant, dynamic and resourceful midfielder. Some argued that dual nationality players like Aribo aren’t built for the grueling demands of African football. Aribo’s subpar showings throughout the qualifiers lend fuel to this reasoning.

    Aribo’s qualifier Scorecard: 5 games, no goals, no assists, minimal memorable moments.

    4) Leon Balogun: the veteran center defender will go down in infamy as being complicit in arguably the Super Eagles most disgraceful defeat at home when he slipped and allowed Karl Namnganda score his most memorable goal for Center Africa Republic. Balogun made up for this rubbish with an eloquently taken volley in the second leg which still did not hide how inadequate his overall defensive display was throughout the campaign. Rohr had the opportunity to try other options but stuck with Balogun.

    The days of the much-hyped yet wobbly Oyinbo wall are coming to a close.

    Balogun’s Qualifier Scorecard: 5 games, 3 clean sheets, 1 goal and overall average display.

    5) William Troost Ekong: the Watford man simply failed to inspire confidence at times during this campaign. He was beaten in the air against Central Africa Republic in Lagos which almost resulted in a goal but for Uzoho’s block. His back header also almost cost Nigeria against Cape Verde in the last match (after his poor marking had led to the visitors equalising within minutes of Osihmen’s goal) . In short, Ekong had the odd mistake in him with his timing and technique always looking suspect.

    How Rohr wasn’t bold enough to jettison Ekong for someone else beats the imagination.

    Ekong’s Qualifier Scorecard: 90 minutes in each of his 5 games, 3 clean sheets, 1 assist, Ekong often hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons throughout the campaign.

     
    • JimmyBall 6 months ago

      @Deo… while people like you hear is because you know how to use subtle and mild langauge and still deliver a potent mamba bite… hahaha.

      Permit me Sir Deo… to print this write up and paste it on my wall, Rohr as man is humle and effable, but very strict and rigid with his choices.

      I dont get it how a coach can be so averse to just inviting certain players and never using them… what he did to Calvin Bassey, at a time Nigeria kids raised abroad are running far from Super Eagles is unpardonable… May God help us!

       
  • Kenny 6 months ago

    Let’s see if NFF gambling will pay off.

    They stand a chance of doing badly in nations cup due to no time for the new coach to work with the team

    And also failing to qualify for World Cup

    Make we see