Former Nigeria international Kadiri Ikhana has raised his voice to oppose the NFF’s decision to send Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr, to undergo a refresher training at German Bundesliga side, Bayern Munich, after the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, Completesports.com reports.
Ikhana won the AFCON in 1980 with then Green Eagles and in 2003 as a coach led Enyimba to win the CAF Champions League, the first by any Nigeria coach or club. He was similarly voted as CAF Coach of the Year, 2003.
Following Super Eagles ouster in the semifinal of the Nations Cup by Algeria, many Nigerians have kept the pressure on the NFF to relieve the French-German tactician of his role.
But NFF boss, Amaju, prolaimed that the federation will not only retain Rohr, but will send him on refresher training at German Bundesliga side, Bayern Munich, after the African football showpiece in Egypt.
And this decision has not gone down well with Ikhana, with the tactician querying the rationale behind the it.
“If you feel Rohr has not done well, why not ask him to leave, that the honourable thing to do,” starts Ikhana.
“But if he has done well, why not, he stays. But sending him on a refresher training is what I cannot fathom out.
“Is it not a waste of resources? We have so many ex internationals in this country who are coaches. Why not send some of them on coaching clinics? After all, when they come back, it will be to the benefit our football generally rather than on a foreigner.
“I believe the team we took to Egypt was inexperienced, especially at this level. I also believe they come good in future. I don’t blame Rohr for the team’s ouster but you know a coach is said to be as good as his last result.
“When will our football administrators learn? Football has gone down, so low in this country. It is dead, to say the fact.
“Why should NFF be talking about spending more money to retrain someone who is on a huge salary? Why not take that money to train some young coaches who will in turn impact their knowledge on the development and improvement of the game in the country?
“It is sad and I just hope it is not true that NFF President never said what he was quoted to have said,” Ikhana concluded.
The Super Eagles will on Wednesday take on the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in the 2019 AFCON Third-Place match at the Al Salam Stadium, Cairo, from 8pm Nigerian time.
Tunisia lost 1-0 to Teranga Lions of Senegal in the first semi final while Desert Foxes of Algeria edged out Nigeria’s Super Eagles 2-1 in the second semi final.
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