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Odegbami: Gernot Rohr, Going, Going,…Gone!

Odegbami: Gernot Rohr, Going, Going,…Gone!

I am writing this on Thursday, November 18, 2021. By the time you are reading it on Saturday, the coach of Nigeria’s national football team may have become history.

From everything that I can gather from those with ears closer to the corridors of football power in Nigeria than I, it is almost a given that the German who has spent almost 6 years scouting for players in Europe in the guise of any meaningful and measurable coaching in Nigeria, will not be on the Nigerian bench when the Super Eagles take their place in Cameroon during AFCON in January 2022, or at the World Cup in Qatar, in November 2022.

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Gernot Rohr’s one-sided relationship with Nigerian football may be coming to an end. Nigerians appear to have come to the elastic limit of their patience, waiting in vain through all of 6 years to be woken up from the man’s lethargic handling of their national team. Nigerians have been in an involuntary trance, expecting a state of being that never happened. Now, they know better. They are now certain that with Gernot, it is not even ‘smoke without fire’, there is no smoke. They can wait forever and nothing will happen. The man just does not have it.

His scorecard as a coach during that period may be flattering, but the reality is that he did not do what other coaches before him (foreign and Nigerian) could not do, or achieve what they could not achieve.

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Against African teams, most of them at least, the Super Eagles will always go some distance and win most matches. Under Gernot, however, Nigerians have never suffered the number of disappointments that they did against ‘ordinary’ African teams, particularly matches played on home soil in Nigeria.

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Rohr in the dugout during Super Eagles vs Cape Verde in Lagos

The Eagles’ performances were very inconsistent, unconvincing and totally unpredictable, always oscillating between average and mediocre, never exceptional.

At critical moments during the major competitions (AFCON and the World Cup) the team‘s lack of tactical depth was glaringly revealed. It was a demonstration of Gernot Rohr’s limitation as a coach.

For reasons totally outside his level of competency and achievements, those who should have ‘fired’ him for not delivering on the people’s expectations, could not. They gave all manner of excuses about the knots around the contract Nigeria entered into with the German that made it ‘impossible’ for him to be sacked.

Mr. Rohr’s shortcomings notwithstanding, his contract was actually renewed despite strident calls by many Nigerians, including this writer, for it not to be renewed at its expiration during his first ‘term in office’.

The big question then was how the NFF entered into a contract with a coach they could not fire even if he did not meet expectations, as he did. Who does such a thing in football? The norm in football is that coaches are regularly hired and fired. There is never a waiting period for promised success that would stretch for years as in this Nigerian case.

The surprise presently is that the same contract that stated Gernot could not be fired without heavy consequences still subsists. The decision that could not be taken then is being taken now. And the world will not end. What, therefore, changed in the contract equation? Does the NFF now have the money to pay the heavy price?

What happened during the Lagos match with Cape Verde last Sunday is that the NFF ran out of hiding place from the public on the man’s lack of energy and spirit, and his limitation in tactics. For a team loaded with experienced players, most in the first team of their professional clubs in Europe, it is inexcusable not to find a great balance and produce a good and consistent team with a discernible style of play, match after match.

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Gernot Rohr celebrates AFCON 2019 bronze medal feat with Super Eagles

To demonstrate a complete lack of understanding of what kind of team Nigerians want and deserve, as well as a lack of confidence in the many young players that he keeps in the team now, he goes back for sentimental reasons to recall Odion Ighalo from international retirement, and keeps Musa Ahmed, a great hero who has diligently served the country and should take a bow when the ovation is still loud, but is past his prime, in his team.

A top official also told me about a breakdown of discipline in the team, and how the man does not have the iron hand needed to handle Nigerian superstar players. He started to handle them with kid gloves.

One player was rumoured to have kept girls in different rooms in Eko Hotel where the players were, and no one was monitoring on the eve of a game. Another player had organized an after-match party in anticipation of a victory, and was mentally distracted throughout the match.

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Going to AFCON and Qatar 2022, the expectations of Nigerians will be high. Gernot does not share that sentiment. He is willing to accept the crumbs of the championships, as he demonstrates in his cautious words and actions.

For that reason, only a miracle can stop the approaching avalanche that will sweep him out of Nigeria and send him back to the obscurity of the backyard football in Europe where he came from.

So, with Gernot Rohr almost out of the picture now, what happens to the team in terms of coaching?

I hear the NFF leadership will soon be shopping for another foreign coach. Many people think that on the eve of the two biggest championships that Nigeria will be engaged in, to take any chance with a Nigerian coach would be a risk taken too far.

In which case, the big question would now be: which foreign coach?

It will be very difficult to get any of the big names in European football. They will not come cheap, and the best of them are in clubs, and prefer clubs to national teams.

So, it is likely that Nigeria will settle for one of the several ‘journeyman’ coaches, the travelling band of coaches being recycled around African countries from one World Cup to the next. They are no better than the Nigerian coaches that have not earned enough respect to be given a chance.

If anything, this is the time to take a chance, and give a few Nigerians the opportunity to do what Gernot Rohr failed to do in 6 years.

For example, Gernot Rohr did not do any serious coaching for any length of time with the players of the national team. All he did was monitor players in Europe, invite those he favoured to the two or three days of camping before matches. That’s it for coaching Nigeria’s national team and being paid a humongous 45 Thousand US Dollars per month. It is preposterous. How did Nigerians fall for this ‘scam’ for this long?

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There are some young, experienced, ambitious Nigerian coaches with wide experience as players in Europe, armed with certificates of coaching from European football institutions that would work for a realistic fraction of the price of a European coach. Their only ‘drawback’ would be coaching experience at a high level.

The reality is that Nigeria will continue to wallow in the pit-hole of inferiority complex until we shut our eyes to fear and doubt, and give our own the opportunity so that they can amass the experience.

Until we respect our own and treat them with dignity, no one in the world would respect them.

For me, therefore, given what Gernot Rohr did, some Nigerian ex-international players-turned coaches would be my choice. They may not win the World Cup but, at least, they will scream and shout on the bench and show that they care and want their players to fight and win matches, unlike the ambience and silence of the graveyard that we experienced under Rohr.

They will also do what Rohr did, and more – monitor Nigerian players in Europe, identify most outstanding ones in the domestic leagues, assemble different national teams with different compositions at different intervals and for different purposes, and build a solid national team that will play with heart and might, and have a proper style and organized team-play. That’s what the NFF have to address immediately.

I must admit that it will not be an easy decision to make, but they should be ready to swim or sink with the consequences of their decision. This costly unproductive romance with foreign coaches has to stop at a point. I think the time is now. Choosing one of ours will be one ‘gamble’ worth taking because coaching is not rocket science.

Meanwhile, I can’t wait for when the gavel will be finally struck with the chorus ringing and reverberating throughout Nigeria: “Gernot Rohr, going, going…..gone!”

Photos: By Ganiyu Yusuf

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COMMENTS

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  • Why our people like quick fix

     
    • Sanyke 2 weeks ago

      Odegbami just like a typical Nigerian without a mind of his own only want to be heard. There is nothing new he said. At your best, Ignore him.

       
      • Peter Genger 2 weeks ago

        You must be blind or totally ignorant of what football is or at beat a buy over by Rhor and his scamming friends to fail to see what is been written about. Go rest for couch if you don’t know what progressive football and a national team is.

         
      • Mahmud Shuaib 1 week ago

        A national ICON without a MIND of his own you say?

        Does he appear jobless and poor to you?

        Can you point out what ROHR did in almost 6 years that CHUKWU, SHUAIBU AMODU, EGUAVOEN and ONIGBINDE didnt do in 2-3 years at the saddle??

         
    • Wale tinuké 2 weeks ago

      We already know anything Rohr now attracts conmentaries. Odegbami, decided to join the bandwagon to attract commentaries to his column. A brief check on his previous write-ups, hardly people comment on his blog. Anyone could look up CSN blog, Mathematical7, highest comments he’s got, maybe 3 comments. The question non of them including the minister of sports, Mr. Sunday Dare haven’t answered is, how do you sack a successful coach? You gave him targets and he met them, why not allow him to go the whole hog?

       
      • Raphael 2 weeks ago

        Hahaha he knows you’re bursted him.

         
      • FatPig Cyl 2 weeks ago

        Then it is very bad of Odegbami to have sacrificed our national asset on personal ego trip. It is better to remain shut up than to be seen as a stupid fellow.

         
  • Ayphillydegreat 2 weeks ago

    At least he admit eventually that it would not be an easy decision to make and that the NFF should be ready to swim or sink with the consequences of their decision. Lmao!! History tells us that those kind of decisions leads to calamity. Nobody cares if Gernot Rohr is relieved of his duties or forced to resign. It only begs the logic in reasoning that a coach who has met is targets should be axed in less than 7 weeks to a major tournament. A tournament we hope to win. I’m glad he even said his score card over the years are flattering they’re just looking for pattern of play. Lmao!! Pattern of play when he only have 3 days to assemble players from different parts of Europe to play important qualifiers. Why not wait till he has at least 2 weeks with his boys towards the next tournament?? Anyway as long as it’s a foreign coach that will be replacing him that’s ok even if the coach is from Belarus Lmao!! Nigeria!! Customer Dada ni!!

     
    • Vitalis 2 weeks ago

      Is he the only one who have just few days to train? What of other countries who’s players plays in Europe as well? The man isn’t good that’s just it.

       
      • How many nigerian coaches have failed to qualify the country to mejor tournaments. Look at the teams in the nigerian league the fail in the first leg of any continental tournaments. The only capable coach has beeb destroyed l mean Siasa.others could be finidi o Amunike l think Rour should be allowed to finish at least his contract and after good revision if not Nigeria will be heading to a complete diaster

         
        • Mohammed Musa Umar 2 weeks ago

          I agree with you. The alternative is to purge him with his masters who put this yerrible contract in place. The alternative is to take the plunge – give Finidi, Amunike, salisu yusuf and Amorkachi the nod to go for glory now.

           
    • He’s been there for over 5 years, working with at least 70% of the players starting each game, there should be cohesion, team understanding, a definite system of play and technical output required from his team.
      Rather what we see of super eagles at the moment is disjointed play, lack of definite system. He has had his time to build a team for over 5 years now. His time is up. He has tried but he has nothing more to offer Nigeria.

       
      • Emmy K 1 week ago

        Very well said ,my brother. People defending Rohr do not have that passion for Nigeria to succeed; Rohr has spend over 5years with the team ,yet no definite pattern/system of play,and yet people are coming up to say he just had only 2 or 3 days to train with the team…Algeria and other African and European teams also had the same 2 to 3days to train ,..so pls let nobody make excuses for Mr Rohr. I believe he has tried to an extent, but right now our national team standard has really dilapidated under him ,giving he has spent over five years with the team ,we should see something better!

         
    • Ayphillydegreat 2 weeks ago

      I don’t care if they replace Rohr, but replace him with a better foreign coach. Why a coach from Eastern Europe has reported by this portal?? And please don’t give me that crap that a local coach is better. Every suggestion so far since they decided to replace Rohr has been more like recycling mediocrity. Let’s see how the team will move forward with this ill fated decision.

       
      • It is stupid for anyone to suggest firing Rohr at this time. This is not the time. All the other countries playing in AFCCN finals are busy preparing for the competition and we are thinking of hiring a near coach? We have no real choice but to go with Rohr. His contact expires after the World Cup next year. That is the time to look for a new coach……but what happens if Rohr win the AFCON competition and Nigeria does well in the World Cup?

         
    • Akunde Kwagh 2 weeks ago

      Nan Odegbami say the following?
      Don’t be settling for mediocrity of poverty of production in Rhor.
      Read this interview below

      https://www.completesports.com/rohr-cant-bring-out-the-best-in-eagles-aghahowa/

       
      • Mahmud Shuaib 1 week ago

        Dont mind the ROHR ASS LICKERS

        People who have played for SE and won thingd are talking, and people who only watch football on TELEVISION are telling us they know better than our football heroes.

        May be AGHAHOWA too is BROKE and looking for NFF crumbs

        Confused bunchs.

        BONFRERE JO took over EAGLES for NIGHA 2000 after NIGERIA failed to participate in 2 successive AFCONS and won SILVER.

        He never had one year camping…still same 3-7 days

        BORA MILITUNOVIC didnt even know his players names (having joined after PHILLIPE TROUSSIER was fired, yet he played beautiful football and if not for over confidece and NFA money wahala; DENMARK was there for the taking.

        Please compare these two examples with GERNOT ROHR at WC 2018’and AFCON 2019

        He’s tactically flat
        Technically outdated!

         
    • Prof. Tamuno Offiali 1 week ago

      Pls what targets did he meet that AMODU, CHUKWU, EGUAVOEN etc didnt meet before they were relieved pf their duties less than 4 years as SE coach?

      Amd each of the aforementioned player more attractive football than ROHR. The only time ROHR won matches…any one at that convincingly was when he inherited a bulk of KESHI/OLISEH’S team; ECHIEJILE, BALOGUN, EKONG, ONAZI, VICTOR MOSES, MOSES SIMON, MIKEL, IGIEBOR, OMERUO etc

      As soon as most of those players retired or lost form and he had to build a new team; AINA, ZAIDU, COLLINS, CHUKWUEZE, IWOBI, OSIMHEN, NDIDI, ARIBO, ETC his tactical and coaching limitations began to SHOW!

      Conceded an 86 mims equalizer against a very POOR Argentine team at the WC

      Conceded a 90th minute goal against ALGERIA at AFCON

      Conceded 4 times after leading an ORDINARY Sierra Leone 4:0 at home

      Losing to CAR…of all nations at home

      Drawing against CAPE VERDE at home

      Lets face honest truths.

      In almost 6 years with inherited + new players he could do nothing.

      ONIGBINDE took an entirely new team to win SILVER @ CIV’84

      WESTERHOFF took an entirely new team to win SILVER at ALGIERS 90

      KESHI took an almost entirely new team to WIN GOLD @BURKINAFASO 2013…yes NEW TEAM; EFE AMBROSE, ECHIEJILE, OBAOBONA, OMERUO, VICTOR MOSES, NOSA IGIEBOR, JUWON OSHANIWA, ONAZI, SUNDAY MBA, EMMANUEL EMENIKE, ETC!

      GERNOT ROHR is the LUCKIEST and BIGGEST SCAM of a coach in our entire history!

       
  • benakay 2 weeks ago

    Odegbami was someone I first watched play and grew to love in 1976. I used to sneak out of secondary school in Ibadan to go and watch IICC Shooting stars play. I really held the man in high esteem, because he was not only a very good player at the time, he was also a graduate of Ibadan Polytechnic. Back the, you hardly found players who pursued and completed their higher education.
    Lately, the man has been nothing short of a disappointment to me. I have lost every iota of respect I had for the man. He is nothing short of a classless opportunist, who is obviously bitter at the fact that he has become irrelevant in today’s sports discourse. What a loser!

     
    • Kelechi 2 weeks ago

      U said it all. Can’t believe this shitty write up Coul come from him. Very unprofessional and a deliberate but petty way to rubbish a coach.

       
      • Peter 2 weeks ago

        I am in support that Gernt Rohr should go but it shouldn’t be Odegbami that should come up with this write up cos he is also part of our problem. Why now? I am sure it’s because the game plan no longer favours him. They are all the same. They will always shout when they are at the disadvantage position. Odegbami is not neutral, he has been part of the system and being there for awhile. Let’s ask him what is the way forward and hear him out with another sweet epistle to continue to be relevant. One day God will intervein.

         
    • You are spot on Odegbamino wonder Samson Siasia almost assaulted him when Nigeria was eliminated at the world cup in 1994

      But on this he made some vid point Rohr is a misfit no doubt

      However our bribe taking local coaches don’t deserve to coach our national team they practice the bigger ills of favouritism and in-effectual match reading more with their archaic methods more

       
    • Dennis 2 weeks ago

      Odegbami is nothing but an opportunistic fraud. I remember him saying that the renewed contract handed to Rohr was drawn in a way that rorh would reject it. What sort of mindset is this? You hire a coach after missing out on competitions, you tell him to take you to the nations cup and get to at least the semis as well as qualify for the World Cup. The coach meets all the targets and time to renew his contract, you come up with one that would discourage him. Why? Why not make provision for the coach and his assistant to get refresher courses? Why not draw up ways to make the coach and team better?
      Odegbami wanted this man gone since so he can start business as usual. Hope we do not regret our decisions

       
  • Mr Segun Odegbami waxing empericaly &
    triumphantly.
    Then with your literature of popular sentiments, you should be careful as the real issue still begs for a non sentimental handling. Listen to the lessons of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice.
    Nigeria football owes structural Debts making value and success a chronic episode when we only do surface diagnosis…
    Nigerian soccer Administration needs more effective management of Time and money. …
    Super Eagles need an emergency preparedness plan devoid of sentiments all in the Name of European Adventures. …
    Money Isn`t the Core of Today’s S.Eagle’s problem only a calculated phyton twist. The NFF while keeping the customary Tag of proactivity and relevance should be told that it is not the amount of wax that makes a quality Candle!!!

     
  • De Star 2 weeks ago

    I can’t agree less with you big Seg.

    In the first instance, Rohr employment was a product of fraud and advertisements of Corruption in Nigeria to the outside world !!!
    Otherwise how could NFF have employed a coach that was declared surplus to requirements in his home country Germany ( Eintracht Frankfurt) as sports director just one year on his assignment (1998-1999) and was redundant for more than a decade with no country and club would allowed an obvious clueless coach to come near their feeders teams both clubs and countries in the entire Europe his continent;

    It is not only exposed and vindicated Nigeria as the rightful gold medallist in corruption, but the entire African continent as gullible set of human that still suffer inferiority complex of white coloured ; with Nigerian worst of it because of unparalleled corruption in the entire global.

    When you check Rohr’s profile, apart from never for once won even a “Tea cup” in his entire coaching career; having been declared not fit to be a coach in the entire Europe his home after a decade; been aware of complexity of African; he moved to Africa starting with Tunisian (Etoile Sportive du Sahel) club in 2009; he was fired for coming distance 3rd in their local league; his home country of birth 2nd division club France ( Fc Nantes) decided to resurrect the coaching career of their own Rohr and given 3 years contract, but alas !! just 6 Months into his contract, FC Nantes does not need any oracle to tell the club’s management that if Rohr is allowed to stay for a year ; he would have ended up destroying Nantes beyond irredeemable , as he was sacked in December,2 & half years to the expiration of his contract !!

    Less than 2 years as Gabon National coach , Gabon Football authority couldn’t tolerate a clueless coach as Rohr and he moved to tiny Niger with same disgraceful records before he honourably resigned just as advised by NFF now , and finally just 12 Months as Burkina Faso national coach ; the football federation and sports Minister were appalled by such a clueless so called technical adviser; Rohr was not given chance to even resign honourably, as he was outrightly sacked and booted out!!

    Now a coach that was adjudged not technically and mentally competent to handle a lowly Gabon Niger , Burkina Faso , local African club side ; even our own Enyiba Fc as former Governor Oji Kaju did not have to engaged him on trial before being adjudged that Enyiba Fc is far bigger than him ; now the same clueless Coach was overpackaged by NFF not for Nasarawa Fc , not Rivers Angels , not even for U15 age group , but the highest of our national team Super Eagles!!!

    As if that was not enough embarrassment ; NFF signed a contract that even Pep Guardiola would have reacted given such privileged, to tell NFF that ; if he were to see such contract in a dream he would have waved it off like “Ki lode “ am I god to be given such Queen Elizabeth type treatment ( as Rohr was given such a ridiculous contract that will make him to only come to Nigeria when he has home matches to play !!! enjoying himself in his sitting room in Germany ; such ridiculous contract can only happen in a failed country as Nigeria ! ( we are luck that super coach Rohr did not asked NFF to shift SE home matches to his home country Germany, that he can’t stress himself on 6 hours flight ✈️ to Nigeria).

    To add insult to injury, Rohr that couldn’t achieve what a local coach Late Keshi achieved without salary Afcon ; was given fraudulent almost 100% salary increment for being bundled out in Afcon by Algeria local coach Belmadi who equally took over a team that couldn’t qualified for the previous Afcon tournament just as Keshi team and Rohr’s team .

    If Nigeria were to be a sane country; the entire NFF should by now enjoying their corrupt money being shared with Rohr for almost 6 years running by now in the cell .

    Lastly, if the local coaches are engaged, please use your connection to facilitate corporate organization that will be responsible for their salaries, otherwise, NFF will frustrate them with salary and bad condition of services as they always do to Siasia and other highly principled local coaches like late Keshi , Sunday Oliseh ; just for them to continue to patronize the likes of mediocre coaches like Oga Rohr a.k.a Belmadi’s trainee

    Rohr as the longest serving SE Coach , on his 6 years now , have succeeded in destroying SE :

    …Almost 6 years ; No No reliable goalkeeper ;

    … No pattern of play;

    …. No any reliable designated free kick players in the team as we used to have in JJ Okocha , Taye Taiwo , Ohehnen etc ;

    To worsen the situation; SE has now becoming all comers affairs for the likes of retiring flopped Igahalo in Saudi league and a 3 months inactive players that can pay their way or compromised like goalkeeper John Noble who was never in Eyimba goal post for the past 4 months funding himself in SE ahead of his superior club mate that permanently benched him.

    My last request big Seg ; if Rohr refused to resign, he should not be sacked rather , should be demoted and asked to work under the combo of our local coaches Amunike- Amokachi-Manu Garba – Finidi plus Peter Rufai or Ike Shorumi/or Cal Ikpeme as goalkeeper trainer ( that Aloy Agu is our goalkeeper trainer in this modern age speaks volume of round pegs in a square holes of our nation ).

    Rohr will be humiliated to resign so as to avoid his fraudulent severance $2m package.

    What a coach out , 2 out of the 3 teams Rohr played against and ran out of idea , 2 of the countries does not have a single stadium let alone any single notable one star, having to played all their home matches in another countries ; yet one of them beat us at home ; no wonder Cape Verde coach bet in his interview, that with what Rohr team played against his team with available stars in SE against his Unkown players ; he declared emphatically that SE cannot qualified for WC .

    If Nigeria did not kill corruption; corruption will kill Nigeria

    What a dumbo PH coach a.k.a Belmadi’s trainee

     
    • I hope those defending Rohr read this… I wonder why people defend mediocrity. Stephen Keshi was one of us. Siasia got U 21 to world cup finals and only narrowly lost to Argentina with Messi and Di Maria… Guys in that team played for long at the top level. Which foreign coach has ever achieved those for us since Otto Gloria? NFF shouldn’t bring another money guzzling scam here please… Who has no patriotism to fight for medals. He losses nothing for failing to achieve anything… We don’t want such a coach. We need a coach who will share the pains of losing… Not one using 95% of his soul to cheer his own home country when he is is coaching our team… Look for a worthy Nigerian, competent and ready… Let’s swim or sink together… Chikena

       
    • Mahmud Shuaib 1 week ago

      You are indeed a STAR.
      May your fountain of wisdom never run dry!

      This is indeed an IN-DEPTH analysis into the GERNOT ROHR CONUNDRUM

      It can oy happen in Nigeria.
      A coach that wasnt allow to stay for more than 12 MONTHS by lowly NIGER, GABON, BURKINAFASO, NANTES, EINTRATCHT FRANKFURT, ETOILE DU SAHEL is living like a KING tinkering SE for almost 6 YEARS!

      No wonder an approved 15 STOREY BUILDING suddenly developed WINGS and increased to 21 with catastrophic consequences!

      It can only happen in NIGERIA

      Cry..the beloved country!

       
  • Achanson Christopher 2 weeks ago

    These books of conference you’re all writing will not solve any football problems, note that for SIX YEARS you’ve lived and viewed his coaching experience, why complain or write this crap now ?

     
  • I agree with chairman Seguin Odegbami that for SE to move from average plays and wins to ‘Super’ we need to change the coaching crew. But it shouldn’t be all about Rohr. You, sir, recommended Yobo. Would you do the same today? Pinnick is also a major clog in the wheel of progress cos all Nigerian teams are currently suffering.

    Whatever the NFF does, please make sure you don’t retain the gang of Salisu, Joseph Yobo, and Alloy Agu.These people must be replaced with Emmanuel Amunike, Finidi George and Carl Ikeme and they must be given free hand to work or contribute to training and tactics. I’m sure we’ll see a remarkable improvement in 4 weeks!

     
  • Those supporting rohr should cover their faces in shame. I was once a supporter just because of the unity he brought into the team and his unbiased judgement in player selection. Though I hated his manner demotivating the players with his talks.

    But he changed. He became corrupt. This should show he had to go. I can’t imagine a coach not taking advantage of impact substitution in matches. He always forget to make changes.

    Yet some people still defend him!

     
  • There is enough time to search for a new coach from now till next year Summer after the WC……Let us not rock the boat now and create a calamity……Let us be careful what we wish for…….Segun is an opposition figure kind of character in Nigerian Football so a disastrous situation will only put more ink into his everly eager pen……. Nobody is happy with the way SE has been playing and I have been one of the first people that has always pointed that out on this forum…….It is obvious that Rhor’s dynasty has come to an end but we must manage his exit carefully for us not to pour away the baby with the bath water……. Wisdom is profitable.

     
  • Ako AMADI 2 weeks ago

    Enough of this primitive demagoguery! Sports is performsnce-vased. Hiring and firing coaches is normal in football No need to whip up populist sentiments to attack Gernot Rohr physically. Just look at his contract and follow what it says if you don’t want him anymore.

     
  • Ako AMADI 2 weeks ago

    No internationally-acclaimed coach worth his salt will accept to coach Nigeria on Gernot Rohr’s salary.

     
    • @Ako Amadi, you are talking performance based and hiring and firing forgetyingbit takes two to tango. Lets look at NFF performance as part of your equation. Please answer with facts not sentiments. Have NFF paid the Rohr salary on time? Have they provided the best training atmosphere for the coach and the team – do not forget the incidence at Eko Hotel that was between the coaching staff and the management of Eko hotel over use of the gym.Rohr swept it under the carpet and made it look like nothing happened. But I saw To go in a video shouting on top of his voice with Eko Hotel management. Back to my questions, have NFF hired a great team to work with the coach to deliver results? Have they provided the best playing surfaces for the team to perform. Does the Super Eagles have a retirement package that they can receive pension from? Do they have insurance cover for the Super Eagles coaches and team? Please answer these questions with facts o, not sentiments. I am waiting.

       
  • Mr Hush 2 weeks ago

    I have always disagreed with Odegbami on issues and ideology but on this; I totally concur. Rohr had his day. It’s time to go.

    For one, Rohr has lost majority of the fans. If the generality of Nigerians( of whom you work for) have lost faith in you, then it’s time to call it a day. The atmosphere is simply toxic.
    Remember, the players are part and parcel of the society. These fans are theirs as well. They play for themselves, the fans and the country. They read and get feedback from these fans. They feel the temperature of the room. They see the fans have lost faith in the coach. They lose faith as well. They stop playing for the coach. And everything stems from belief. Right now, belief is comatose; atleast for most.

    Personally, Rohr lost me in Benin city. The 4-4 draw. Was it for me. I have written about how his reactions under pressure is always the cowardly approach. His selection, tactics , speeches come out from a place of fear. A man who has no belief in himself can’t lead.

    The only problem right now is the timing and funds. But if the inept FA can find the funds to pay off Rohr, I agree he should leave. Everything in life is a risk, more so, football. You never know till you try. How much worst can it get; I am almost sceptical that Rohr wouldn’t win the Afcon and qualify for the world cup; not with his bland style and lack of belief.

     
  • Sugar daddy 2 weeks ago

    Then let him go… for urgency, assemble, Amuneke, finidi, Carl ikeme and Egbo immediately at any cost for immediate take off. No mistake, please!

     
    • Gritty 2 weeks ago

      I strongly concur with #Sugar daddy.
      NFF and sports ministry should pls assemble the best Nigeria coaching crew. Who know the football game and tactics very well to take over as they also know SE players across the entire globe and would bring out the best in them.

      This will save us time, money and acclimatation time of a foreign coach.

      However, all our local Coaches should learn the positives from Oga Gernot Rohr, they should shun bribe and always invite the most inform Nigerian players per time. And above all, put the interest of the Nation b4 theirs. Cheers!
      Thanks.

       
  • S.P. Gololo 2 weeks ago

    I expected more from Chief Odegbami than this. Nonsense!

     
    • kenneth 2 weeks ago

      It is you that is saying nonsense. Why don’t you take time and meet the man one on one and let him explain himself deeper. My experience with him on a trip to Nigeria, tells me how deeply rooted he is in the game. Him clamouring for rohr to go is not because of the hatred for the man, but the man’s lackadaisical attitude towards the game of football. Can you honestly comparer the previous eagles to this current set of eagles. De star and hush have summed it up and why the man needs to go. Lets be fair, if the local coaches were getting the treatment Rohr was getting, don’t you think they would perform to our expectation. Those of you making mockery of oliseh of abandoning the team, please when the man came out screaming that the NFF was interfering in his work, or not receiving his salary 6 months, what other option did he have then than to leave peacefully.

       
    • Onewhoknows 2 weeks ago

      @Gololo. Odegbami is the worst problem Nigeria has. Who recommended Yabo for NFF. Look, if you listen to Odegbami, it means you are not serious. He wants Rohr gone so that he can get money under the table from those local failed coach to sell them to NFF. He would come later to say the local coach is not good enough. He connived with Oliase against Steve Keshi until Keshi was forced out. Watch out to see whom Chief Odagbami will sell next to NFF. To him, it is a win, win game he loves to play. He never looses, he thinks of his pocket book before anything else. Odagbami is a self severing chief. He is very corrupt. How does he get money to become a chief.? He takes money from A by trying to sell his deception in the pages of Nigerian Newspapers after collecting USD from these local coaches. During the time he was promoting Yabo, Yabo Net-worth was over $30 millions. So, chief Odagbami knows his clients before he took them on.

       
      • Prof. Tamuno Offiali 1 week ago

        You are not only delusional but pathetic.

        I havent achieved like Odegbami in life yet, but I hold 4 Chieftaincy titles.

        How dare you question the legitimacy of the CHIEFTAINCY TITLE(s) of a former Green Eagles and IICC Captain, a former AFCON winner, a cup Winners Cup Winner, a former Super Eagles TM, a former Chairman/Sole Admins Gateway Fc, an owner of successful businesses as well as a Football Academy??

        Am sure you are one of those kids who hide behind the keypad of your android phone and insult your elders!

         
  • A very serious country would have ended this hullabaloo since after the match on Tuesday. What is the big deal in firing the person you hired but guess what they don’t have money to settle the agreement they entered for breach of contract thereby running from pillars to posts looking for sympathy. Maybe they are waiting for Dangote to bail them out but the poor man is currently bereaved now. Pls save us this noiseeeeee simply cos you want to sack Rohr. Egypt,Ghana,South Africa etc changed coach recently we didn’t hear all these noise. As for uncle Segun thought one of you said you are going to eastern Europe oh na local coach you want again? See them they are confused, this Rohr head strong gannnnnnn ooooo lol

     
  • De Star 2 weeks ago

    @Mr Hush ; How I wished I have your personal contact ; you are one of the best standout great minds in this forum , very consistent with your sublime brilliant unbiased analysis that has never been beclouded for once with your sentiment as N01 supporter of Rohr , as you normally put Nigeria overall interest in your write up. Until CSN denied us opportunity to rate members comment lately because of their complicity in Rohr and the flopped retiring Igahalo saga , you always maintained 100% positive ratings.

    If any of the few left over Rohr’s blinds supporter read your this great truthful analysis , that of big Sege plus my first reaction and still believe in this dumbo Rohr , then I will such little minds not to waste their time following football, as they could be likened to a blind wasting his time in cinema house .

    I challenge anyone that still disputed all the above numerous disgraceful record of 6 years running of Rohr’s inglorious reign as SE coach to answer these basic questions:

    1. For 6 years running; what is SE pattern of play?

    2. Who is our outside write winger (N0 7) and outside left winger (N0 11) as we do have Segun Odegbami , Dimeji Lawal , Tijani Babangida , Finidi George , Victor Moses etc as our right wingers in their teams , just as we have the likes of Garba Lawal , Edeboh , Ikpeba , Victor mosses interchanging with Hamed Musa , Amunike etc as outside left wingers in the past teams ?

    3. For almost 6 years Rohr is still been advised to searching for a creative midfielder in the team as JJ Okocha , Henry Nwosu , Mikel , etc

    4. For almost 6 years ; N0 single one dependable goalkeeper; where our local coaches discovers the likes of Enyema , Ike Sorunmi , Cal Ikpeme etc just in a matter of few months;

    5. In the past 6 years ; when last did SE scored free kicks, and who are our designated trained free kick players in SE as we have in JJ Okocha , Taye Taiwo , Ohehen etc

    If a so called overpackaged foreign coach could not come up with right answer to the above listed basics facts that are our traditional strong points , as Brazil is known with samba style , could anyone need an oracle to know that , allowing Rohr to stay one month longer in the job would not only cost SE qualification for WC ,( as predicted by Cape Verde coach that with what Rohr displayed against his team home and away , SE can never qualify for WC), but Rohr would have succeeded in destroying SE team beyond redemption, as he can’t give what he does not have .

    That a clueless coach as Rohr was employed and allowed to fool us for the past 6 years as the longest serving SE coach is the greatest unfortunate calamity NFF would have ever brought to Nigerian football, no thanks to corruption in their DNA.

    If anyone of the blinds Rohr supporter is in the doubt that Rohr’s appointment and contract is a product of fraud as he was never fit to handle Rivers Angels or our U17 let alone SE ; below are his ridiculous embarrassing scored card in his last 3 jobs before he was summarily dismissed:

    1. Gabon ( 2010-2012 ; Played 19 matches ; won 8 drew 5 , lost 6 ( 42% failure ) ; he was summarily dismissed with no corrupt FA as Nigerian NFF;

    2. Niger (2012-2014) : played 23 Matches, won 3 , 7 draws and 13 loos (11%) ; Rohr had to quickly resigned in shame !!

    3. Burkina Faso ( Feb 2015- December 2015) : Played 11 games , won 3 , drew 3 with 5 loos (27%) ; just 10 months , Burkina Faso Sports Administrators and sports minister would not allowed Rohr to honourably resigned but outrightly sacked him to go back to his country as football coaching was never his callings

    These are facts , and records don’t lie ; going by the last 2 shameful records jobs of Rohr with appalled records of 11% & 27% respectively, should such dumbo ever come near football coaching team of Nasarawa Fc in his life, let alone the highest topmost SE job ? When a student has such dismal score cards , he is advised to withdraw from school to go and learn job which was what his previous employers advised him to do

    But alas ! Rohr was overpackaged by his business partner NFF on his way back to Germany and unleashed the calamity on SE !! The results is what we are seeing in the past 6 years ; the little flashing achievement of qualifying with spare games and average performance in Afcon were brilliancy of Mikel, Victor Moses , ageing Musa & retiring Igahalo, after the exist of Mikel and Victor Moses ; his technical deficiencies were blown opened. Until last game , I was never convinced that Osimeh is perhaps one of the hottest best strikers in the world , when he had to played two roles , his assigned role and also the one that ought to have been done by the retiring Igahalo.

    The entire NFF deserved to face capital execution or rotten in jail for fooling the entire 200m Nigerians and given us this scrap as a coach , and in view of what will cost Nigeria in severance packages because of his fraudulent contract clause , which in any case would be shared by his business partner NFF.

    Sports minister should not allow Rohr a.k.a Belmadi’s boy to exploit us further ; if he refused to resign; he should be frustrated out by demoting him to serve as errand assistants to our local coaches, without pay .

     
  • I have a very deep feeling, that sacking Rohr at this point will be a very big mistake.
    The NFF who have long lost the confidence and even the goodwill of the public, has realised that a great majority of the masses wants the man sacked and sees sacking the old man now as a great opportunity of gaining back a lot of goodwill.

    I really understand Rohr’s predicament especially after we lost to CAR. For so long he had invested and relied on Balogun and Ekong as our central defenders but found out rather too late that they were not as dependable as he had thought.
    Long before the CAR match, there were a lot of tale-tell signs, visible cracks and signals that the oyibo wall was about to collapse, but the man never heeded to these signals until it cost him dearly against CAR.
    Due to the very little time he has to work with our players before each of the qualifiers and also because, there are no opportunities for friendly matches in between the qualifiers to experiment and test for better replacements or combinations for our central defence, as a stopgap, Rohr had to change our formation and bring in Awaziem to provide more stability and reinforcement to our central defence. By changing to the new formation, he was sacrificing our offense to fortify the defense. That was why we didn’t play fancy football but scoring against us or even creating a good chance against us became harder. In my opinion, changing the formation and having three central defenders was the best Rohr could have done in such a situation because there was a very little slim margin for errors after the loss to CAR. Even though we didn’t play beautiful football, the stopgap actually worked for him as he was able to qualify us for the playoffs.
    Having qualified for the playoff, what I expected from Rohr and I believe, that was what he intended to do, was to throw the central defence positions open during the pre-AFCON camping, where he will drill and test for a better central defence pair, so that we could go back to our normal offensive formation. In this regard, I heard he had already drafted the names of over forty players for the camping.

    I’m not Rohr’s relation, neither am I his agent or solicitor. I am a full Nigerian who gain nothing whatsoever, not even a dime, from his continued stay as SE coach. But I will like to appeal for a second chance for him. What I like about him is that he is a father figure in that team and had stayed long enough on the job to have a very good grasp and knowledge of the workings in Nigeria and the team. After this few days of hard knocks, I think he will sober reflect, and become more motivated and inspired to do better.
    I want to use this medium to appeal to my fellow Nigerians, let’s give this man his last chance saloon at the AFCON. The devil you know is better than the angel you don’t know

     
  • I have a very deep feeling, that sacking Rohr at this point will be a very big mistake.
    The NFF who have long lost the confidence and even the goodwill of the public, has realised that a great majority of the masses wants the man sacked and sees sacking the old man now as a great opportunity of gaining back a lot of goodwill.

    I really understand Rohr’s predicament especially after we lost to CAR. For so long he had invested and relied on Balogun and Ekong as our central defenders but found out rather too late that they were not as dependable as he had thought.
    Long before the CAR match, there were a lot of tale-tell signs, visible cracks and signals that the oyibo wall was about to collapse, but the man never heeded to these signals until it cost him dearly against CAR.
    Due to the very little time he has to work with our players before each of the qualifiers and also because, there are no opportunities for friendly matches in between the qualifiers to experiment and test for better replacements or combinations for our central defence, as a stopgap, Rohr had to change our formation and bring in Awaziem to provide more stability and reinforcement to our central defence. By changing to the new formation, he was sacrificing our offense to fortify the defense. That was why we didn’t play fancy football but scoring against us or even creating a good chance against us became harder. In my opinion, changing the formation and having three central defenders was the best Rohr could have done in such a situation because there was a very slim margin for errors after the loss to CAR. However, even though we didn’t play fancy football or score loads of goals, the stopgap actually worked for Rohr as he was able to qualify us for the playoffs.
    Having qualified for the playoff, what I expected from Rohr and I believe, that was what he intended to do…… was to throw the central defence positions open during the pre-AFCON camping, where he will drill and test for a better central defence pair, so that we could go back to our normal offensive formation. In this regard, I heard he had already drafted the names of over forty players for the camping.

    I’m not Rohr’s relation, neither am I his agent or solicitor. I am a full Nigerian who gain nothing whatsoever, not even a dime, from his continued stay as SE coach. But I will like to appeal for a second chance for him. What I like about him is that he is a father figure in that team and had stayed long enough on the job to have a very good grasp and knowledge of the workings in Nigeria and the team. After this few days of hard knocks, I think he will sober reflect, and very likely, become more motivated and inspired to do better.
    I want to use this medium to appeal to my fellow Nigerians, let’s give this man his last chance at the AFCON. The devil you know is better than the angel you don’t know

     
  • For everyone who says Rohr doesnt know tactics should watch Leicester vs Chelsea going on now. Leicester is using a 3-4-3 formation, while Chelsea is using a 3-4-2-1. Similar to a 3-5-2. Same ball possession rate, same long balls to the central attacker, quicker wide players. Always watch Chelsea use the same pattern that Rohr uses. Except for the player arrangement on the pitch.

     
    • Ben. What are you insinuating. Maybe we should recommend rohr to Chelsea. You didn’t mention his cluelessness when it’s time to substitute. His selfish favoritism. His use I players even when they are performing well. Rohr’s probelm I not tge tactics but his capacity to use the right players for each tactics. A bias man will not be abke to use rge right players for each tactic.

      How do adopt 352 without using players who are tood crosser of the ball. With due respect to Collins because he has tried to do his best but on no account should aina and zeidu sit onnthe bench in a 352 formation. Moses Simon is a very poor crosser of the ball. He should not be starting in a 352 formation..

      Mr. Ben I hope you can see that the problem is not tactics but his use I the wrong players for his selfish and foolish reasons..

      How can yiu defend the madness of ekong in the xentrak defense every now and then..

       
      • @Christian Ministries, a 3-5-2 or a 3-4-2-1 doesn’t depend on crosses but a central play domination. Plus different players can adapt to the game plan.Even your Zaidu Sanusi cannot play in this formation because he will be found wanting at the back. Possibly Ola Aina will fare better. I don’t see favouritism in his selection, what I see is the best player to play that match according to what he desires. You talk about Ekong being mad in central defence, which of our current defenders or future defenders who is still learning at their clubsises how to perform. Lets be reasonable please. Awaziem is playing and he is the only one that I see will be a strong defender for us.

         
      • Mr Hush 2 weeks ago

        @Ben

        You gave away the answer to the problem with Rohr’s tactics;
        ” Except for the player arrangement on the pitch”…

        The formation isn’t the problem, the personnel selected to play that formation is.

        Chelsea has 3 CBs that are good with the ball at their feet.
        Chelsea has a Jorginho that can Marshall the midfield,move the ball and throw in those killer passes from deep.
        They also got a Kante that could cover ground.
        Chelsea has two good wing backs that are good in both defence and attack( James and Chilwell).
        Chelsea has two attacking wingers that are skillful and can actually score that they could play with a false nine.
        And Chelsea press the ball when they are off it.

        On the contrary, Leicester lost because the personel selected couldn’t adapt to the formation selected on the day. There was no Teilemans to control things.That’s why Rodgers switched formation in the second half.

        We do have the players to be flexible. But Rohr in his “utmost wisdom” decided to select the wrong people on the day.
        Rohr is no Tuchel. The only thing they have in common is they are both German.
        One is brave and confident and his first name isn’t Gernot.

         
        • Sorry @Hush, you misunderstood when I said player arrangement. I meant comparing a 3-5-2 to 3-4-2-1. In terms of position. Our players can only learn this pattern after proper camping which is more than 1 week. Even Chelsea FC players when Tuchel took over grew to understand this pattern. Let me give you examples, Hudson Odoi was converted to a wing back from his right wide position. Reece James a defender was converted to a wing back. Jorginho had to adapt from playing the ball to the sides to play forward. Kante had to learn how to move with the ball at his feet while getting past defenders. Havertz was converted from a central midfielder to play in a false nine position. Mason Mount was converted from playing on the left to a central and right midfielder. Christensen and Rudiger had to learn to be rugged and decisive. They also had to learn how to be confident in moving forward with the ball past the midfield into the upper half as well as long balls to the central attacker. Some of these elements are already been shown in Super Eagles. They are not there yet. But they are far better than what any other local coach can bring. Even Tiki Taka now is suffering because of how it looses against strong teams

           
          • Mr Hush 2 weeks ago

            @Ben

            Ok.
            I get your point.
            So The coach needs time to help the players adapt to the formation.

            But you forget. Time is what Rohr has always had. He has been in the saddle for over 5years now.
            He should at least know his preferred system ( no matter how many) and his selection of players should be based on their adaptability to such and the opponent being faced..
            And like I said, the only players at his disposal are flexible and professionals, most have been with him for that long yet the play is still bland. Almost 5yrs, a world cup, an Afcon; yet drag football..come on!
            Apart from that,his substitutions are mostly off.

            Well,I hate sounding like a broken record, got nothing against the man; just don’t believe in his project any longer.

            Egypt, Ghana changed coaches in the middle of the heat and they are both sitting pretty.

            Who can tell what could happen…

             
        • Ayphillydegreat 2 weeks ago

          The problem is neither the or the personnel on the pitch. It’s about the players execution and getting to gel together as a unit and understanding each other. Maybe only one or two changes in defense and midfield. That’s all in my opinion. The issue is not about letting the coach go, but when you’re trying to take us back to the days of not qualifying for tournaments instead of moving forward with a better foreign coach. It’s only a simple logic of reasoning for you to discard an employee who’s meeting targets.

           
          • Ayphillydegreat 2 weeks ago

            **The problem is neither the tactics or the personnel**

             
          • Ayphillydegreat 2 weeks ago

            On another note I think Emmanuel Dennis should be walking straight into SuperEagles first 11

             
    • De Star 2 weeks ago

      @Ben , are you not ashamed of yourself, over labouring yourself to defend dumbo clueless Rohr , to such extent one would want to ask if you ever watch football at all ?

      You said Rohr is yet to find suitable replacement for Mikel , Victor Moses and you dared added Igahalo; even if you don’t watch football, don’t you read analysis from the great minds that invitation to the likes of unmerited retired flopped Igahalo was part of the major factors that exposed Rohr that he was sustaining himself with bribe from the likes of Igahalo, as his invitation and the likes of inactive cum displaced Enyiba goalkeeper John Noble ahead of the most informed Eyimba current first choice goalkeeper that benched John Noble in the same club.

      If in deed you really watched our last game ; you would have noticed Osimeh is one of the hottest stickers in the world at the moment, as he played double roles of a minus 1 with his own role. The fact is there , Osimeh is the newer the much awaited Rashidi Yekini of blessed memory; retired Igahalo in his hey days cannot be compared to Osigoal , let alone when he is now in the retiring money Saudi league , which was evident until he was shamefully removed as he was minus one on the filed , static at the opponent goal area waiting for awufu goal which he missed all that came his way on a platter of gold , in order to expose him and his corrupt Rohr.

      If you still believe Rohr is not a scam unleashed on SE by his business partner NFF , then , I will advise you to go and develop interest in another sports as football is not a game you can understand till kingdom come .

      Rohr a.k.a Belmadi’s trainee, is at best secondary school games master , as he had been advised by his past employers to venture into another profession other than football coaching, as he cannot give what he does not have

       
  • “For that reason, only a miracle can stop the approaching avalanche that will sweep him out of Nigeria and send him back to the obscurity of the backyard football in Europe where he came from.” Segun Odegbami.

    Despite being totally hilarious (which continues to make me laugh), the likelihood lurking behind the statement above by Odegbami is palpable.

    In truth the atmosphere is too hot and it is difficult to see anything other than a legal divorce between the NFF and coach Gernot Rohr. I think their differences are now irreconcilable and the marriage is as good as having collapsed.

    Sadly, Rohr will go down as one of the most unpopular Super Eagles coaches in modern history despite his modest achievements with Nigeria which include:

    – qualify for back to back tournaments
    – sustained rise in the FIFA rankings
    – bronze in the Afcon
    – and some scintillation results in friendly matches.

    But the brand of football, draws and a loss against African minnows, and painful losses in major tournaments alienated Rohr from a sizeable body of fans, stakeholders and officials. The 1:1 home draw against minnows Cape Verde was the final nail in coffin of discontent.

    It’s hard to see a way back.

    What I think must happen is for the NFF to engage a “caretaker coach” to see Nigeria through the 2021 Afcon tournament. Expectations should be managed so that a modest outing at the Afcon shouldn’t be condemned. Then after the tournament, an appointment should be made for a permanent coach who will now start planning for the 2023 Afcon and the 2026 world cup.

    If we qualify for the 2022 world cup, this should be seen as bonus.

    Sacking Rohr will potentially cause so much disruption if managed poorly and we all know that the NFF and poor management are not mutually exclusive!

    I see difficult times ahead and I pray things work out for the Super Eagles.

     
  • @Hush, you say 5 years forgetting that 3 key players retired from the time he started and now. He is yet to find suitable replacement for Mikel, Moses and Ighalo and even Ikeme. The current players he is inviting to the squad are either still learning to play in their clubs or are simply past their prime. He is hoping he can get Ahmed Musa and Ighalo to their best. But the options we have now are still in development. Only a few sparks here and there. No matter their performance in their current teams. The only players we have now showing that they are fit for a higher level are Ndidi and Osimhen. I won’t count Awoniyi or Dessers until they can get to a competitive team or league to prove themselves.

     
    • Mr Hush 2 weeks ago

      @Ben

      So 3 key players retired and then our football went south?
      That means Rohr’s capacity is down to those 3 players?
      Oh now I understand why he had to beg Ighalo back.
      Like I stated; Rohr lacks conviction in his own ability. So why keep him?

      Yes most of our boys are just cutting their teeth but they do play in good leagues in Europe. Dessers in Feyenoord a foremost club with history ( ithe Dutch league is very good) .
      Awoniyi in the Bundesliga in Union Berlin ( a club with history), doing well in his second season running.
      Not forgetting Dennis. Who is not even been invited.
      Onyekuru is in the wilderness .
      Ejuke,Akpoguma,Sadiq,Etc.

      If you don’t give them the opportunity how do they acquire experience? How do they prove their worth?

      Besides, how many teams in Africa (and the world )at large have superstars? Maybe Senegal who have 5 quality players and the rest averagely good.

      Egypt got just Salah; others are manageable at best. But they are doing well.
      Algeria. Mahrez,Bennacer Others are good, the rest manageable at best. But the team is doing well.
      Morocco;Hakimi,Ziyech( who is inconsistent) , others manageable at best. But they still play good.
      Heck Burkina Faso,Mali have barely have one or no superstar but they play good football and get results.

      The point is; a good technician always knows how to use his tools no matter the quality presented.

      Algeria was dead and gone before Belmadi came in. Same players are now champions.

      Ghana was almost out till they brought in Milo; they have gathered some steam.
      Cameroon where all over the place till they got a new coach; they just knocked out Ivory coast.

      Chelsea brought in Tuchel and they won the champions league.

      I don’t want us to make the mistake Manchester United is making with Solskjaer. The ship is leaking, It is best we jump ship before we finally drown.

       
  • https://youtu.be/mx5ObQbaJ_4

    Coach Ndubuisi Emmanuel Egbo,is my recommendation for theSE coaching job.
    Assisted by Emmanuel Amunike and Manu Garba and Nduka Ugbade.

     
  • https://youtu.be/b3vIqA33Koo

    Coach Ndubuisi Emmanuel Egbo,is my recommendation for theSE coaching job.
    Assisted by Emmanuel Amunike and Manu Garba and Nduka Ugbade.

     
  • Victor 1 week ago

    On the issue of indiscipline in camp. I recall that there used to be what is known as camp commandant in the military era who enforced discipline in the SE camp and the players are well aware of the codes of conduct while on national team assignments. Now that we are in a democracy, there should be a way of achieving this so that discipline is enforced. While the coach has a significant role to play here, there should be an admin process, which is very clear to everyone so that the coach is not totally overwhelmed.