Former board member of Nigeria Football Federation John Fashanu has expressed his displeasure with the manner Gernot Rohr has worked over three years as the Super Eagles head coach, Completesports.com reports.
Speaking at the launch of 60 goals Soccer Stars Project in Abuja, Fashanu told Completesports.com that Rohr has not done well enough to excite him and most Nigerians since he assumed work as Nigeria’s senior soccer team coach.
“I think Rohr has underachieved as the coach of Super Eagles. What has he achieved, what has he won? That team is certainly not good enough to dominate African Football. We still have a lot of work to do to be the best in Africa. For now, we don’t have a team yet,” the former Wimbledon FC of England striker stated. .
“At the moment, this is one of the lowest time I have seen of the Super Eagles. I am sorry to say that, but I am not excited about the team now and I feel the coach is not doing enough with domestic players. Rohr should stay in Nigeria and develop our league players”
Fashanu continued: “lt amazes me anytime I hear Rohr saying that Nigerian league players are not good enough to play for Super Eagles. It is a shame that he could say that of a team that won the AFCON in 2013/with about nine home based players. A local boy [Sunday] Mba even scored the lone goal that won us the cup.”
On Tammy Abraham, choosing to play for England, Fashanu says the Chelsea striker is a massive miss for Nigeria. He reckons that Abraham and Osimhen combination would have been very wonderful for the Super Eagles, and blames the authorities for not doing enough to convince him to play for his mother land.
“Rohr should work on our domestic players and stop complaining. Part of his resume I guess must include developing local talents and coaches. He should emulate what Late Stephen Keshi did with domestic league players before going ahead to win the AFCON in South Africa in 2013. I urge the NFF to caution him about his utterances and get him to work on home-based players.
“He should take charge of the home-based Eagles and groom them for the main team. It’s a shame that we could not qualify for CHAN and WAFU, competitions meant for home-based African players. Rohr need to step up his game,” Fashanu concluded
By Richard Jideaka, Abuja
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