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Odegbami: Lessons From Gernot Rohr’s Ingratitude To Nigeria

Odegbami: Lessons From Gernot Rohr’s Ingratitude To Nigeria

Unfortunately, the subject of Gernot Rohr, once thought buried in our history, has resurrected forcefully again into the consciousness of Nigerians.

This past week the Nigeria Football Federation was ordered by FIFA to pay the former coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, the whopping sum of about $377,000 US for the six months period that was left of his 6-years contract when he was fired some months ago. It was just and proper.

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Hiring and firing coaches is routine in the world of football. In that world there are more coaches being fired than there are stable ones tied to one team.

Coaches are even fired for reasons other than for losing matches – poor relationships in the locker room, uncomplimentary racist remarks to their players, being at loggerheads with star players in the locker room, mistreating a member of his technical crew, and so on.

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There are a thousand reasons why coaches get sacked, beyond their failure to deliver trophies and medals.

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In short, there is nothing special about firing an unproductive coach as was the case with Gernot Rohr who failed in five and a half years to win any Silverware with the Super Eagles.

So, he was fired and offered the promise of his 6 months wages in lieu of the sack. Instead of being grateful to the country that gave him opportunity to get an international appointment, that elevated his football credentials and profile, that paid him stupendous wages that he never earned or deserved with his limited credentials, he went ahead and took the NFF to the court of FIFA seeking additional compensation for ‘wrongful’ termination of his contract. Pure balderdash?

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It was a demonstration of the worst form of ingratitude. Except of course, if there was more to the whole matter than met the eyes. A microscopic examination of the entire Gernot Rohr chapter in Nigerian football history would have revealed the true picture of his relationship with those behind his engagement in the NFF. It is easy to conclude that there must be more to the sack than meets the eye.

Gernot, obviously, saw Nigeria as a mumu country to be milked. Otherwise, how would he have had the audacity to do what he did? Three years ago, with the threat of sanctions that never existed in his contract, Nigerians set aside all their misgivings about his competency and gave him a second life-line with a new contract. His employers insisted Nigeria would be heavily sanctioned if he was sacked at the time because of clauses in the contract that tied inextricably to the Super Eagles.

He still did not deliver and his employers, the NFF, kept defending his ‘failures’ by selling the yarn that he fulfilled the mandate they gave him to qualify the country for specific stages of AFCON and the World Cup. They limited the mandates to unacceptable minimum levels, kept him as coach, and agonisingly ‘killed’ Nigerians with poor results.

We were so ‘mumu’ that the German coached from Europe. He remained in Europe for most of the 6 years watching matches involving Nigerian players, identifying those he invited for two or three days to play matches, lost several of the ordinary matches in Africa, and still collected humongous wages that could have funded huge developments in Nigerian football of local coaches, grassroots players, and so on, more profitable ventures than sustaining what now looks like a financial racket.

If FIFA had agreed that there was a good cause for compensating the man, he would have taken away $1 million US that he was asking from the NFF. Now his game is up.

The Sports Ministry has stepped in to stop what would have been a return to the same old failed system of hiring unknown European coaches, entering into stupid contracts with them that would not be known to the public, sustaining a regimen of secrecy and financial fleecing, feeding those involved in the bogus contracts, and leaving the rest of the country holding on to the wrong side of the stick.

The Ministry now insists on transparency, probity, and equal opportunity for all interested known-coaches with pedigree to contest for the Managership of one of the most prized assets in African football – the Super Eagles.

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There is, therefore, a hidden blessing in this whole Gernot Rohr saga. The country cannot be taken for a ride again any more as was done in the past by a future NFF regime. The decision of the Sports Ministry to step in and halt the slide is a clear signal.

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The excuse that the coach will be paid by a private organisation does not mean throwing integrity and probity to the dogs, and holding a country to ransom through the worst contract ever drawn in the history of football. So, even in the case of private sector funding a good contract with a good exit clause for the country must be in place.

The next coach of the Super Eagles must have good credentials. He must be given clear mandates that include trophies. His contract must contain clear and simple clauses that can be applied without pain to Nigerians.

The coach must not live in Europe and pretend to be coaching the national team when all he is doing watching league matches from the comfort of his home in Europe. His exposure must be more than to only Europe-based players that cannot hold their own against teams in Africa. He must have a hand in developing the domestic game in Nigeria.

A new coach, if he has to be foreign, must have a good knowledge of the peculiarities and psychology of African football, and how to handle African teams and win in Africa.

Nigeria must not hire any of the unknown coaches galivanting from one African country to the other with their colonial mentality superiority attitude.

Personally, I am contented with giving qualified local Nigerian coaches the opportunity to handle the national team, probably ‘fail’ a few times, but gathering valuable experiences in the process, and building a base for the final elimination of the last vestiges of colonialism in African football that promotes White supremacy in a simple game such as football.

Segun Odegbami

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  • KangA 1 week ago

    Does this guy Odegbami know shame at all? Has he realized that everything he touches turns rotten? Does he think that everybody is so shallow and unidirectional in their thoughts? He repeatedly falsifies records with new twists about Rohr’s alleged failures even in the face of the obvious. Granted that Rohr didn’t win all games (no coach does), didn’t he meet the targets set up for him by NFF? Yet Odegbami influenced the NFF to sack Rohr even though he was meeting his targets.

    Why is he bringing morals into it? Did he consider legal implications? If you treat a man unjustly, should he not seek redress? Pity he just goes bla bla bla–one way.

    Good advice to call for local coaches who should fail a number of times to learn. Is this the best approach to coaching, and how to get results?

    It’s time this man shuts up and leave our football alone.

     
  • Omo9ja 1 week ago

    There we go. We can’t blame Oga Rohr his action that much.

    We have to call a spade a spade. Amaju Pinnick should be blame for this Oga Rohr saga.

    In fact, President Buhari should take action on Amaju Pinnick and his crew. It will be better if President sactioned the current NFF.

    We the patriotic Nigerians have been warning NFF about Mr. Gernot Rohr after the last world cup in Russia but Amaju Pinnick insisted that the gaffer should carry on. Milking Nigeria like pure water. What a shame.

    Also, at the Afcon in Egypt, what was Oga Rohr’s achievement at the Afcon in Egypt? Common Madagascar disgraced our darling Super Eagles and the coach did not take the matter seriously.

    Something Oga Rohr failed woefully to achieve which coach Eguavoen did easily in Cameroon by letting the irregular players played the last game and Eagles won the match so comfortably.

    As I said earlier, I will preferred Finidi, Amunike and Egbo to be the new coaches of the Super Eagles with new rules and regulations in place.

    Bribing is prohibited in the national and if something like that happens, the person would pay five #5000,000 and the person will also serve his punishment in prison yard for five good years case closed.

    That is the way to go Nigerians. Those in charge of power should take action otherwise, nothing will happen.

    With this unknown foriegn coach? Chai, fingers crossed. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

     
    • NA ME TALK AM 1 week ago

      ….. @ Omo9ja , I think you need a therapist and prayers . If third place in AFCON is regarded as FAILURE in your dictionary and Elimination from the Second round is Success , then you need HELP and should seek HELP .

      Amunike was part of the crew that failed to qualify Nigeria for Qatar 2022 . So Please kindly stop mentioning names like you’re playing video games and building a fantasy team .

      Below is your quote that proves you need a therapist . OMO I doubt your claim say you dey control any organization with this kind yeye comment biko . HABA 3rd place na Failure to you but you dey hail coach wey fail for second round .

      ” Also, at the Afcon in Egypt, what was Oga Rohr’s achievement at the Afcon in Egypt? Common Madagascar disgraced our darling Super Eagles and the coach did not take the matter seriously.

      Something Oga Rohr failed woefully to achieve which coach Eguavoen did easily in Cameroon by letting the irregular players played the last game and Eagles won the match so comfortably. ”

      It’s a shame to read some comments of this Platform . SMH 4 U

       
  • Omo9ja 1 week ago

    There we go. We can’t blame Oga Rohr for his action that much.

    We have to call a spade a spade. Amaju Pinnick should be blame for this Oga Rohr saga.

    In fact, President Buhari should take action on Amaju Pinnick and his crew. It will be better if President Buhari sactioned the current NFF.

    We the patriotic Nigerians have been warning NFF about Mr. Gernot Rohr after the last world cup in Russia but Amaju Pinnick insisted that the gaffer should carry on. Milking Nigeria like pure water. What a shame.

    Also, at the Afcon in Egypt, what was Oga Rohr’s achievement at the Afcon in Egypt? Common Madagascar disgraced our darling Super Eagles and the coach did not take the matter seriously.

    Something Oga Rohr failed woefully to achieve which coach Eguavoen did easily in Cameroon by letting the irregular players played the last game and Eagles won the match so comfortably.

    As I said earlier, I will preferred Finidi, Amunike and Egbo to be the new coaches of the Super Eagles with new rules and regulations in place.

    Bribing is prohibited in the national teams and if something like that happens, the person would pay five #5000,000 and the person will also serve his punishment in prison yard for five good years case closed.

    That is the way to go Nigerians. Those in charge of power should take action otherwise, nothing will happen.

    With this unknown foriegn coach? Chai, fingers crossed. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

     
    • NA ME TALK AM 1 week ago

      ….. @ Omo9ja , I think you need a therapist and prayers . If third place in AFCON is regarded as FAILURE in your dictionary and Elimination from the Second round is Success , then you need HELP and should seek HELP . Below is your quote

      ” Also, at the Afcon in Egypt, what was Oga Rohr’s achievement at the Afcon in Egypt? Common Madagascar disgraced our darling Super Eagles and the coach did not take the matter seriously.

      Something Oga Rohr failed woefully to achieve which coach Eguavoen did easily in Cameroon by letting the irregular players played the last game and Eagles won the match so comfortably. ”

      It’s a shame to read some comments of this Platform . SMH 4 U

       
      • Dr. Drey 1 week ago

        Hahahaha…..CAF must have given him and his Mr no-nonsense a Silver medal for winning an inconsequential match in Cameroon…..that is why it is an achievement and a mark of a more resounding and bigger success than the bronze medal we won in Egypt for him (after failing to even qualify at all back-to-back) …..LMAOOoo.

        When we address some people as being daft, we are not insulting them, we are complimenting them. Because its pure fact, they are daft.

         
      • Abdul 1 week ago

        Lol….I’ve never understood that guy. The guy and other guys like Jimmyball and the rest are actually one of the major problems we have. Sometimes, they write like they have dementia or something of the sort. Just a few years ago, we were all in this same state where “our owns” failed to qualify for AFCON and WC. Irrespective of what anyone says, we can’t take away the fact that Rohr qualified for every tournament with ease, and reignited the fans’ interest in the national team. Omonaija was always writing epistles about how Rohr was inept and lost to Argentina at the world cup, I would expect someone with common sense to come to terms with his wrong thoughts after our embarrassing ouster from the last AFCON under the watch of “our owns”. But iro o, he’s running around again like a headless chicken, clamoring for people that have absolutely no experience at this level. I can’t tell how irritating he sound when he said hiring a foreigner for the national team is “kissing the whiteass” because I can’t believe that should be a discussion. But hopefully, he will be able to fathom one day that competence should always be the priority.

         
  • Ako AMADI 1 week ago

    Segun Odegbami misled Pinnick and Dare into destroying Nigerian Football forever and completely last month! He led them by the nose into a stinking latrine in which they are still hiding their faces from millions of frustrated Nigerians. I feel sorry for Segun Odegbami who makes his living from gossip, peddling falsehoods and brainwashing the sports authorities in the country. If all along since 1990 Mr.Odegbami was less tribalistic and more Mathematical in his approach to life he might have been NFF president or Sports Minister in Nigeria a long time before the Pinnick and Dare that he’s now serving. He was one of Nigeria’s best on the pitch, A pity that his dribbling outside the football field has led Nigeria into disaster without justification and beyond pardon.

     
    • Victor 1 week ago

      Dribbling in football doesn’t take you anywhere, it only entertains the crowd.

       
  • Sammy 1 week ago

    This commentary from Odegbami is so bad and full of convoluted logic, I can’t believe even Complete Sports published it – and I’ve read a lot of rubbish on these pages.

    Mr. Odegbami is asking the NFF to hire a new coach and judge him by certain targets while supporting the sack of the one who met all the ones set for him. Who says the next one won’t be sacked after meeting the next set of targets set for him.

    This man is also willing to endure failure by a local coach (no specific targets for this local coach by the way), but a foreign coach will be judged only by trophies won.

    See people like this still have their heads in the stone ages; with their logic of the 1960s. Him and his Sports minister have cost Nigeria over USD 360k that the NFF doesn’t have. In addition to the failure at the nations Cup and World Cup qualifiers due to sacking the coach that met his targets and parachuting in another coach at very short notice – something every man with a functioning brain knew will result in predictable failure.

    May God save our football from these people.

     
    • Victor 7 days ago

      That isn’t  the only cost. How about the $12m WC qualifiers bonus lost? Odegbami forgot that the Rohr qualified us for 2018 WC and we got hefty bonus.

       
  • John done 1 week ago

    The racism in the tone of all this man’s articles on foreign coaches is mind boggling.

     
  • Greenturf 1 week ago

    Odegbami is dangerous!A racist and an incurable poison to Nigerian football,the earlier he’s ostracized from everything football in this country the better for us.
    How long are we going to put up with this nonsense,this evil!from his words you could tell he was behind the sack of Rohr through Dare his tribesman.
    Can’t wait for the end of this government so that we can have a new sports minister hopefully not someone from the south west rather a productive and detribalised south Western.
    Rather than admit his errors,he still has the chip to vomit this utter nonsense of article on this respected site,well not anymore!
    Gernot Rohr was involved in two competitions,Afcon and world cup should have been more but for failure to qualify for the afcon which led to his employment,he would have had his 3rd tournament (Afcon in Cameroon)for the evils of the likes of Odegbami that didn’t happen,I can’t understand why Odegbami is putting the blame on Rohr for not winning titles,was he expected to win the world cup?Ora 3rd place finish for a young inexperienced side not praiseworthy?Called a man who met all targets “unproductive” then what would he call the likes of Eguavoen??Oh so it’s okay to accept failure by an indigenous coach(I knew he was referring to Eguavoen)but sack a performing white foreign coach wow I still can’t believe what I have read this morning in this day and age!

     
  • Glory 1 week ago

    From grace to grass, this proud egoist is free falling to a persona non Grata position, in the scheme of things. Only the pre modern will waste their time on people like segun Odegbami. COMPLETE NONSENSE WRITE UP.

     
  • Dr. Drey 1 week ago

    Hahahahaha….Mr Odegbami is a drowning man and he himself knows it……LMAOooo….no wonder he is clutching at straws and conjuring all sorts of lies and disinformation just like his stray dogs here on CSN….LMAOoo

    But thank God we were all alive before Rohr came, we were all alive when Rohr was here and we are still alive within these last 6 months he has left and even the liars amongst them all can tell the difference. They cannot shave our heads with their lies in our absence.

    Rohr won nothing in 6 years…..LMAOooo…No he was supposed to win 8 trophies in those 6 years…..LMAOooo. He was supposed to organize an AFCON every year with his salaries that go unpaid for an average of 6 months per year so that he can have many competitions to participate in within a 6 year period….LMAOooo. Rohr failed indeed, no wonder Eguavoen and his 9 bus conductors, the 9 consortium of local failures who cannot know when opponents have changed tactics until the players they are supposed to be coaching tell them, have all become heroes of Nigerian football now…..LMAOooo. They succeeded where Rohr has failed, that is why there is so much pain and sorrow in the land today….and that is why we are running back to foreign coaches now….LMAOooo….that even Mr local content Minister is even in support and heavily involved in getting a foreign coach going forward….LMAOooo

    All of a sudden, Mr Arithmetical now knows that the Coach of the Super Eagles must be one with good credentials….LMAOooo….he seems to have recovered from the dementia that drove him into canvassing for Joseph Yobo to be name the next SE coach only 2 years ago….LMAOoo. I would have expected him to list those “good credentials” he was refereeing to. I guess having only 100 caps as an ex-international or zero to half to one full season of professional senior coaching experience like most of his failed ex-this ex-that have is what amounts to “good credentials”.

    Failure now has skin colour…..LMAOoo…and guess what, in the book of Segun Odegbami, failure is black, hence a black coach who tumbles Nigerian football into the abys of misery like Eguavoen and his 9 thieves, Oliseh Mr Twitter and the rest should be tolerated, and given a huge dose of applause for their “success” and rewarded with a renewed contract.

    But a foreigner who picks you up from a point when you couldn’t even finish as best loser in your group to qualify for ordinary AFCON anymore, qualifies you for a world cup, goes ahead to lose the semifinal of a 24 team AFCON (equivalent of the final of a 16 team AFCON) due to a last second freekick from a world class player and then achieves qualifications in between with games to spare can be said to have failed….LMAOoo….that is, raising the bar of success for a white man and lowering it beyond the ankles for a local…..LMAOOoo. If this isnt the real colonial mentality superiority, I wonder what else is.

    Odegbami has just unconsciously admitted that local coaches are way inferior to their foreign counterparts and hence should be allowed to FAIL….not once, not twice, A FEW TIMES…….LMAOoo…just as Eguavoen has been failing time imo-river with all the national teams he has been handling, from U17 to U23 to the SE (4-times)….LMAOooo.

    When we want to hire a foreign coach for the SE, “he must have good credentials”, but when we want to hire a local coach for the same SE, good credentials instantly dies in a plane crash….LMAOOoo… “100 caps becomes enough”……LMAOoooo. Who the hell are they deceiving.
    Permit me to ask you sir, please which one of your local coaches currently have “good credentials” enough to “galivant from one African country to the other”. I stand emphatically to state here and put it to you that any local coach who has nothing in his CV to “gallivant from one African country to the other” shouldnt come near our National team. The SE is not supposed to be a test-ground or dumping ground for coaches who arent even good enough to make the shortlists of other African countries….Enough of the ridicule you and your cohort are subjecting our football to.

    It is the NFF that will develop local coaches…LMAOoo…the way South African FA developed Al-Ahly’s coach, Pitso Mosimane or the way the DRC FA developed RS Berkane coach Florent Ibengue or the way Portuguese, Spanish and Italian FAs developed Mourinho, Guadiola and Ancelloti respectively…..LMAOoo. It must have been the NFF that developed the late Stephen Keshi….LMAOooo. Bunch of lazy, hungry entitled exinternationals.

    Ndi specialists in failure….LMAooo…Ndi celebrants of failure…..Ndi brothers and sisters of failure….Ndi “let us fail with our owns”. Ibatago nu o…..!!!

    Make una kuku take cutlass and behead Nigerian football like you and your sports minister has beheaded all other sports in Nigeria because of what your mouths will feed your stomachs.

    The only blessing in the Rohr saga is that next time, we will not put hatred and racism in the front burner coupled with pre-planned and intended conspiracy and sabotage because we are looking for excuses to sack a coach who is performing……LMAOoooo.

    We sacked Rohr to avert disaster….LMAOooo…6 months later, we are in a worse position than we ever were (even in our wildest of dreams) under the same Rohr…..LMAOooo.

    Thanks to the Eguadiola and his 9 local consortium of failures for reducing people like Segun Odebgami and his herd of failure addicted disciples, to a mere bunch of stuttering, spluttering, stammering chatter boxes seeking for relevance and struggling to survive in the pool of their now heavily-battered and humbled image….LMAOooooo.

    What a way to drag arrogance down its high horse……LMAoooo

     
    • Abdul 1 week ago

      Lol… I can’t express how much this comment answered all his irrational points…I wish this is a platform where we can tag all those lazy blood-sucking ex-internationals…awon were dede. Imagine, we won’t be in this year’s WC with all these players. And as expected, Rohr is holding us to ransom now….so deserving

       
  • KENNETH 7 days ago

    Thank you uncle sege, for shedding more light to the exact problem in our football system. People who are not privy to the oyinbo’s mans contract can clearly see that the NFF knowingly included in his contract the ability to get more money if dismissed. I can now say it with all confidence that Rorh would be sharing that money with the NFF. All those calling the sports minister deluded can clearly see why he doesn’t want a journey man handling our national team. For me, let the local coaches handle the team and give them the same mandate has the oyinbo journey men we bring here, who are fortunate to have established players. When did it become a crime in the coach helping in the development of our league. Well uncle sege we all know they will not hire you has NFF chairman because of the egunje they have being taking for years destroying our national teams.

     
    • JimmyBall 7 days ago

      The only thing I know was untoward about Gernot Rohr is living in France and coaching us from there… You have to live where you work with all the goodies and risks… We don’t want telecoaching…

       
      • Sugar Daddy 7 days ago

        …but he was qualifying us for every competition with some games to spare….Rhor wasn’t the problem of local football organisation and league…NFF and the Nigerian government are to blame for that his job was to qualify us for any competition and win…most of his tools in archiving those goals were not in our local content they were all residing overseas…Rhor has nothing to learn residing in Nigeria…he needs or needed to be abreast with the game and his players of which majority of whom reside overseas… Odegbami was the genesis of all these issues we are facing today…I just lost all my respect for him even further….

         
    • Marvelous 7 days ago

      Hire a frustrated bigot as NFF chairman?
      You should be ashame of yourself, imagine reading comments from up down only to come and see that you are the only one supporting that naive thinker.

       
      • KENNETH 6 days ago

        ANOTHER ASS LICKER COMING HERE TO SAY CRAP. OBVIOUSLY WHO IS THE NAIVE THINKER. LOOK AT SOMEONE WHO HASN’T SMELT NFF OFFCIE COMING HERE TO TALK. GUESS YOU SEEKING BROWNIE POINTS FROM YOUR BOSS DR DRY, YOU FREE TO GET SOME DUDE. YOU KNOW VERY WELL UNCLE SEGE HAS THE INTEREST OF THIS COUNTRY AT HEART AND KNOWS THE POLITICS THAT IS BEING PLAYED. SO NO NEED ARGUING NEEDLESS WITH YOU

         
  • JimmyBall 7 days ago

    …since this thread is the one on serious traffic now here, I wish to share a link for Ghana U-20 vs Burkina Faso U-20 holding today to decide the team joining Nigeria in the knockout state. Those who love age grade football regardless of country playing can enjoy it here. One love mates!

    https://tv.xn--tream2watch-i9d.com/video/ghana-u20-vs-burkina-faso-u20-2022-05-14-15-00-00

    Ghana U20 vs Burkina Faso U20
    U20 International…

    Start time: 2022-05-14 16:00:00 GMT +1……. this is 4pm Nigeria time!

     
  • Ako AMADI 7 days ago

    How CSN allows uch an unintelligent racist bigot as Segun Odegbami to write columns also shows that Complete Sports is a gutter tabloid.

     
    • KENNETH 6 days ago

      PLEASE LEAVE THE MAN ALONE. CSN JUDGEMENT IS NOT CLOUDED LIKE YOURS. THEY KNOW WHATS GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY AND THEY SEEK THE RIGHT OPINION. WHEN YOU START PICKING JOURNEYMEN HAS COACH WHO HAVE NO ESTABLISHED RECORD AND YOU WANT TO FORCE THE HANDS OF THE SPORT MINISTER TO PUT PEN TO PAPER, DARE IS NOT THAT DUMB AND STUPID LIKE SOME OF YOU. SO YOU CAN ALL RANT AND CALL THEM NAMES, LAST TIME I CHECKED I NEVER HEARD YOUJR NAME IN THE HISTORY OF THE COUNTRY.

       
      • Mahmud Shuaib 6 days ago

        I love your comment bro @KENNETH!

        Imagine CSN bulldogs insulting LEGENDS and internationally acclaimed ACHIEVERS, calling them unprintable names. Even one confused little BOY called GREENTURF had the audacity to call SUNDAY DARE a tribalist from SOUTH WEST by slamming the SW and in another confused tone asked for a DETRIBALIZED South Westerner. So GERNOT ROHR is now an IGBO or EDO or Hausa man?????

        The man he allowed NFF to hire after relieving ROHR; EGUAPALACEDIOLA is a YORUBA man, right?

        The truth is minus on this CSN no one knows all you little boys silly asses. CHIEF SEGUN ODEGBAMI lest most of you were still in your diapers or your rabid hate will never want you to admit was once SUPER EAGLES TEAM MANAGER in an era that was the most productive in our history.

        He owns one of the foremost SPORTS COLLEGES in AFRICA that has the enviable height of housing the resting place of one of the greatest athletes that ever lived; an AFRICAN-AMERICAN multiple OLYMPICS GOLD winner

        In case your little pinchomic brains cannot recognize success, UNCLE SEGE nurtured DCP CHIOMA AJUNWA to become first ever NIGERIAN individual OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST when no one wanted to have anything to do with her after failing a DRUGS TEST in the early 90s

        Also to refresh your biased and disrespectful memories, MATHEMATICAL is NIGERIA’S second all time top scorer despite playing as a winger and having quit playing football close to 40years now!

        None of you little twerts have ever played football or influenced footballers in your entire lifetime the way this Ogun born CHIEF has. So what is your point?

        What is you guys contributions to the development of football in this country compared to a man who has played the game and is still involved in the game? You can never love NIGERIA more than someone who has shedded his blood, broken a wrist, an arm or a leg or an ankle playing for NIGERIA!

        On a final note, hiring and renewing GERNOT ROHR’S contract was one of the biggest frauds in NIGERIA’S football history!

        How can you pay a man over $25k monthly to be watching football from the comfort of his sitting room? Where does that happen pls? Even the great soccer playing BRAZIL always have their Managers live and work in BRAZIL.

        All you ROHR WAILERS who claim to live and work outside the shores of this country, why don’t you live in Nigeria and earn money from your foreign employers?

        One daft was even justfying the fraud by claiming all our players are based in EUROPE as if we didn’t have players in EUROPE when WESTERHOFF and KESHI won AFCON and made WC Second Round respectively.

        As bad as our league is, if ROHR were to live and work here, he would have discovered that JOHN NOBLE was a chronic bench warmer in ENYINBA. He would have had a standby B team like WESTERHOFF used to have. Matches against the likes of CAR, SIERRA LEONE could easily be prosecuted by a mixture of home based and Foreign based players

        I don’t care what colour our next coach is; he must have a pedigree..result wise, must be ready to LIVE here. He doesn’t need to be monitoring players in Europe when he can have a foreign scout. Moreover we have CABLE/SATELLITE TVS in Nigeria where he can also watch the players live. If he needs hold discussion with any new player he fancies, he can then fly out and to that.

        On a final note, all you CHIEF SEGUN ODEGBAMI MON haters should know one thing; except the reverred ex-international breathes his last (God forbid), he will always remain a recurrent decimal in the football discuss and destiny of this country. The earlier you guys get that fact wrapped around your heads, the better for your mental health!

        I can bet most of you don’t even have a PVC and you hide behind your keyboards or mobile phones to disrespect national icons!

         
        • KENNETH 6 days ago

          You have nailed it all. Want to believe like you stated many of them were still in diapers when uncle sege was playing. Totally forgot about his sports college. The man is not hungry and not a beggar seeking money from anyone. This is a man that has gone far and wide. So calling him a racist really baffles me. When did it become a crime giving our own a chance to truly coach the national team. Not when something goes wrong in 2 months you start calling for there heads. It still pains me how Amodu shiabu was treated when he qualified us to the world cup. You were looking for oyinbo master to carry us there only to flop at the end of the day. Also i want to believe Brian Idowu must have paid his way to play for the Eagles. What happened to him after the world cup. Abeg make una leave uncle sege alone, you don’t like his piece you free to read something else

           
  • Chibuike 6 days ago

    Odegbami is just like Sanusi. You can’t compare oldskul football with current new moden football. Did Odegbami play professional football abroad. That man follow dey spoiled Nigeria football with his nonses advise. You are old man doesn’t mean you have wisdom. Time to allow our younger exinternationals to handle Nigeria football. just look at how black man reason and understanding. this NFF self. they are confuse FA. so una still dey wast time to announce a new coach friendly Match is few weeks time and una still delaying sacking of Sanusi and replace him with more tactical and expose finidi Geodge? that’s why Nigeria need to put people where they belong. NFF want pizza to handle the team for the friendly but una first release players list? no good plan, corruption everywhere in Nigeria, not only Government is curopt,even pepe salers are corupt too. tuffiakwa unu! I Don talk am many times, Sach those Politicians in NFF and replace them with people who play the game so that they can help Nigeria league as well. ask Pinik which football club him play for Nigeria and abroad before him retire? ask all those Dikko and Sanusi and abubaka in NFF which club they play before their retirement?

     
  • Omo9ja 6 days ago

    Federal government rejects Paseiro again according to the fresh news I read today.

    The battle between Sports ministry and NFF continues…….

    This is what we needed in this country. Transparency is key to success. Enough to average foriegn coach. Give us the best coach and federal government is ready to pay the bill.

    Amaju Pinnick time is over. He and his crew thought they can deceive Nigerians again Kai mba, not today.

    He and his colleagues are working hard to bring Paseiro to Nigeria like the way they brought in Oga Rohr but it’s not working because our mumu don do and Super Eagles deserve the best coach.

    Kudos to sports minister, Mr. Dare. That is the way to go. Amaju, Diko and Sheyi, which way to go now? It will be better for three of you to resign honorably now.

    The way it is now, Finidi George is the head coach of the Super Eagles while Salisu Yusuf will be his assistant coach. This is not bad.

    At least, we will see how good Finidi is against Mexico and Ecuador. If he’s technically and tactically sound against Mexico and Ecuado then, he should be the new Super Eagles head coach. Fingers crossed. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

     
  • Yinkus 6 days ago

    My question is this everybody, when we say rohr won nothing in six years, how many afcon did rohr lead eagles to in those six years?

    How many world cup did rohr lead us to in those six years.

    If am correct I think rohr was in afcon once in those assumed six years and was in world cup once in those six years.

    Afcone once and brobze medal
    World cup once and three points which one of the country that qualify at our expense made it to final meaning he came up with very best at the early stage of the game.

    So where are we today?

    Let us wait for the friendly with mexico and see what our own will do is again.

    But

     
  • TONY 2 days ago

    If not for people like Chairman Christian Chukwu, Mathematical Segun Odegbami and others of their era, you guys wouldn’t have senior a senior national team worth mentioning today. Yes, our ex-internationals are not above criticism but please, could you guys criticize constructively and respectfully? Engineer Odegbami and his colleagues have contributed to the advancement of our country at least, sports-wise and continue to contribute positively. Could all these people always quick to attack our ex-internationals, please refresh our memory as regards to their own contribution to the development of Nigeria in any sector?

     
    • @TONY my father fought in the Biafran war almost losing his life in that war losing his closet friend in the process. I lost 1 or 2 uncles in that war, So I feel I have as much right as Segun Odegbami and Oga Christian Chukwu.. to comment on any topic pertaining to development and the betterment of our football in this country. Especially as the ones intrusted in doing that and bringing smiles to Nigerian Fans through our beloved sport football are running it to the ground for personal interest and Gain. Thank you

       
  • TONY 2 days ago

    I lost a beloved family member in that war, too. I never said that our ex-internationals were above criticism. You can disagree with a person or persons without being disagreeable. You guys are totally off your rocker! You disrespect and abuse these men some of whom are old enough to be your fathers or grandfathers simply because they expressed their opinion regarding a sport they played. Would you savage your father if he simply expresses his opinion about war and the hell that is war and how to fight it or how not to fight it?

     
  • Ogo 1 day ago

    For once let people stand up and take responsibility for their actions instead of stupid rationalization. Pinnick wanted to avoid disaster and so listened to the councel of the super biased. Odegbami, the Sports Minister and all who pressured the NFF into taking that disastrous path of sacking Rohr should raise their hands and own up for being responsible for what happened. The ticket was there for the taking but we blew it ourselves. Now they give a new coach a one year contract. Hopefully he will perform magic. He will lose a few games and the clamor for his sack would mount. Odegbami…see where your pressure to sack Rohr has put us. Hope you sit back and enjoy the world cup.