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Rohr Expresses Concern Over Performance Of Super Eagles Defenders Ahead AFCON Qualifiers

Rohr Expresses Concern Over Performance Of Super Eagles Defenders Ahead AFCON Qualifiers

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has revealed that he’s worried about the performance of Nigerian defenders in Europe ahead of the team’s crucial 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Benin and Lesotho.

Nigeria is top of Group L on eight points from four games and will face the Squirrels of Benin on March 22 before facing the Crocodile of Lesotho on March 30.

Rohr, who is expected to release the names of players for the two games, told Sun News that he’s delighted with the performance of Super Eagles strikers in Europe recently and wishes to have as many top defenders.

“I’m happy my strikers are doing well and scoring goals,” the former Bordeaux manager told the Sun News.

“Taiwo Awoniyi is scoring, same as Paul Onuachu, Josh Maja, Terem Moffi, and Henry Onyekuru. We also have Victor Osimhen and Kelechi Iheanacho. These players are doing well in their various teams and it’s positive signal for the Super Eagles.

“We’ve too many strikers doing well and scoring in Europe, but very few defenders doing well.”

By Augustine Akhilomen

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  • Ako Amadi 2 years ago

    Rohr judges performance of his strikers on goals scored. How does he evaluate the defenders? On goals conceded?

  • He judges his defenders on the Amount of Goals their team has conceded. Lol. coach Rohr please, our defenders are doing the best they can, its no ones fault that our defenders are mostly in teams that are either struggling (ajayi, ola aina, awaziem) or in lower divisions (ekong, omeruah). Akpoguma who plays in germany is injured. Tosin who most people are clamouring for is still in the same category as aina, so there is nothing that can be done for now. Atleast be grateful that most of them are very active. They play regularly for their clubs and fit and in form.

  • Bros Rohr abeg no give us excuse. Lowest point from this two games na 4 anything less than that . I rest my case

  • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

    Expresses concern of defenders against Lesotho and what’s the other country’s name? SMH!

  • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

    Right doesn’t know the value of Nigeria when it comes to football, by his words after mentioning Awoniyi and co he won’t invite Sadiq the most skillful and influential striker at the moment judging by individual performance. I feel bad why Siasia couldn’t endure to keep the SE job because he is the choosen one for me before FIFA conspiracy. I don’t get the feel good factor watching Nigeria matches again!

    • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

      *Rohr not Right

      • Daberechi 2 years ago

        Rohr not right where were you when Nigeria was looking for coach.you want to teach him his job

  • Omo9ja 2 years ago

    “We’ve too many strikers doing well and scoring in Europe, but very few defenders doing well.”

    When they were at their very best what did you make them achieved? Bronze medals and 4:4 against Leone star ba? You also qualified Nigeria to the world cup and Afcon with few game left to be played abi?

    Anything else? I’m so sorry for NFF. Oga Rohr fans, can you see now or not? Is it not better to call Amunike, Egbo and other coaches on board instead of wasting our time with Oga Rohr?

    You better wake up Mr. Rohr. We have no time for excuses.

    Waldrum that came overnight to join the Super Falcons didn’t complain how come you that have been with Super Eagles almost five years now can’t do without complaining?

    Our defenders are doing well and even, if you think they are not, you can give them special trainings when they arrive from abroad.

    If we talk now, they, oga Rohr deciples will call us anti Rohr. The best NFF can do is to let go of this coach.

    I’m pretty sure that if one of the Nigerian coaches doing like Oga Rohr, the gaffer would have bn fired by now.

    But whenever Oyinbo do is the best. FIFA ranking is out now, none of his fans can boldly come out and celebrate the latest FIFA ranking they were known for.

    You are about to play with one of the smallest teams in Africa you are jittery like this but what of if you are playing against the likes of Algeria, Zambia, Morocco, Cameroon and Senegal?

    Oga Rohr followers should be ready for anything that happens to this our Super Eagles between now and next Afcon in Cameroon.

    As I said before, I know you all Oga Rohr fans one by one shekena. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • GLORY 2 years ago

    If Sadiq don’t get an invite, then Rohr would have bitten the forbidden. I trust he won’t make that mistake anyway.

  • Collins id 2 years ago

    Another excuse on the way, this time around nor be pitch again, na defenders now, we have balogun in a team that wins almost every games in their league, we have 3 players in rangers(title favourites) 2 in leicester,(top 4 contender) 1 in villareal(top 4 contender) 1 in boudeur 1 in lorient, 3 in galatasary,(title contender) 2 in fulham, 1 in everton(uefa contender) 1 in fc porto,(title contender) 1 in twenty, 1 in rottardam, 1 in boavista, 1 in nantes,2 in colon, 1 in westbrom, napoli(top 4 contender), crotone unionberlin, hoffenheim, etc, that is, we have 6 players in premierleague, 3in french league, 4 in bundesliga 1 in spanish league 2 in serie A, that is 15 players in europe top 5 leagues, 10 players in uefa league, 2 in champions league. yet the coach will say they are average players in average league, show any africa team that have these numbers of players in the european top league? Is it algeria cameroun or senegal? The truth is that the team have an average coach that is confused. His players are bagging player of the months,weaks and man of the matches they are playing, yet they are average, tomorow the pitch, nest tomorow the weather,late arrival, etc cotedvoir suffered in the hands of average coaches despite all the chelsea bacelona man city psg sevilla arsenal etc they couldnt win nothing not even afcon or wcup second round until they brought in a champion coach who have won afcon with zambia before! Came in and gave them their long awaiting trophy the man left to morocco and the team fell again. Coachs are very important in teams victory but the one we have is a mediocre

  • If we use player in d positions dy play in there clubs, nt changing d positions dy play d SE will fly again not using a left back in d right back use every person in his position things will work

  • Why can we have a play maker in this SE, dn our wing play has gone can we get it back

  • mercy 2 years ago

    I don’t Know if I understand what Rohr is saying but If I do I think what he said is quite true. God forbid, any injury or lost of form to either of Ekong or Balogun in the CD, SE defense is in trouble. Ajayi is always blowing hot and cold in the color of SE, Omeruo is a time bomb waiting to make mistake and awaziem is a right off in the CD.
    Anyways I don’t know if that is what he meant but if it is, then I agree with the man.

  • Proudly 9ja 2 years ago

    If SE defenders are average, then the defenders from Benin and Lesotho are what then? GR should just be quiet and go deliver 6pts for 9ja to appease Nigerians, this mind game no wash. Anything beside 6pts will be a disappointment in my view. Many countries which they had the kind of players nigeria boast of, so GR should stop belittling our players especially against small countries like Benin and Lesotho.

  • Marvelous 2 years ago

    You guys are always waiting for any slight words from Rohr so you can crucify him unnecessarily. Especially the clueless
    @Omo9ja. The coach is not your girlfriend for him to be saying things that suit your belly all times. Coaches in football sometimes talk down their squad, sometimes in order to raise unnecessary dust or competition. This is where psychology comes in too football. Have klop of Liverpool and gardiuola of man come city do that many times. Some of you are so childish, sorry to say that. And of the truth the SE attack and midfield is more potent than the defence. Is not as if the defence is too poor. You guys should keep low and watch out for the qualifiers.

    • I feel you bro…

    • D-cardinal 2 years ago

      intelligent submission

    • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

      @Marverlous and crew what kind of psychology is he trying to play against Lesotho? Slow and steady this teams see us as equal and so do our players. You are one of the people coming here to create confusion just because you want to make a point. Continue your backwards thinking and call it psychological.

    • Abeg @ marvelous tell them this dull people can’t think for once

  • Sometimes I just don’t understand some commentators on this forum, either they naive or just being blind folded by jealous and hatred.

    Is it that most of you guys doesn’t understand the phrase “mind game”? Do you want Rohr to get on air and starts boasting that he has the best team in the whole world? That his players are better than Ronaldo and Messi combined, so that you all can have confidence? I seriously don’t get it.

    What makes Goudiola to call Burnley a massive club with spectacular players during match interviews, does that mean he is afraid or he doesn’t have a better team?

    Most of you guys should pls get used to how things works in modern world.

    Even let’s face the fact, do we have any exceptional defenders like the days of Taribo west (AC Millan and inter Millan), Gbenga Okunowo (Barcelona), Celestine Babayaro (Chelsea) Steven Keshi (Anderlecth Belgium)? etc. Uche okechukwu, I forgot his club in Holland then, The answer is no.

    Let’s give this a space and let him do his job without this unnecessary criticism.

    • Proudly 9ja 2 years ago

      Well said ola, but however u won’t hear the coaches you mentioned above talk down their own teams against any team, atleast none that I have seen. It’s one thing to praise or respect the opposition but its totally uncalled for to constantly call your team a young team or your team average. Do u know what it does psychologically to your players. If its were against France, Brazil, Belgium, Germany or other top teams, you even say compared to those teams your own team is average (even tho I will never say that if I were a coach) that is understandable but not against minnows (yeah regardless of the outcome against Sierra Leone, these countries are still classified as minnows relative to 9ja). Am a fan of GR but his constant belittling of SE is unbecoming. He has been in the helm for 5yrs now and still calls his team young, when will they grow. We can sugarcoat it and say some of the players have retired and that’s true but common as a coach you have your football philosophy, you have to inculcate to new players. GR should just go there and redeem the image of 9ja. U as a 9ja soccer fan no say GR yab for 2020. Nobody se mek GR brag se him team na the best tin since slice bread but common my broda na Benin and Lesotho we go kon dey fear? Just a thought. He should say we respect both teams but my team will be gunning for a win but anything can happen in football. QED

      • I got you point bro, but this is just media interview, we do not know what he tells his players behind the scenes, but obviously it will be encouraging words.

        That’s why there’s team psychologist, counselor etc to boast the morale of this boys.

        Whatever a coach said during interview is irrelevant, what is important is what they do on the pitch. As for the players, they are professionals, they are used to things like this, and it’s by no way affects their performances. Happy weekend folks

    • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

      @Ola Rohr should keep quiet and start winning matches after almost one and half year. That is what he is paid for and not making comments that he shouldn’t be, He is stupidly showing his opponents his team weaknesses that they end up using against him. Take it or leave it Rohr is not a smart coach and I will rather he keep quiet instead of talking himself into more failures.

  • Defensive Crisis: what crisis?

    There is nothing that gets to me than lazy journalism. A good article has to ask and answer the right questions and not leave the reader confused.

    I can’t seem to make any sense of the statement attributed to Rohr in the article above in relation to Super Eagles defenders not doing well. What does that mean? What is the definition of ‘well’ in this context? Without contextualising what Rohr purportedly said, it is downright impossible to attempt to offer a critique.

    Rohr might be right, our defenders might not be doing well but without knowing what ‘well’ means in his lexicon, I don’t know whether our defenders are doing well in his eyes.

    A good journalist would have prized this out of Rohr. For me, our defenders are doing exceedingly well as can be seen from the narratives below on the key 10 team members. Any suggestions to the contrary is hogwash.

    2020/21 Season

    1) Tyrone Ebuehi (21 league appearances and 1 yellow card): having banished the injury demons that plagued him for the better part of last season, Ebuehi has made the right fullback position in FC Twente his personal property with sturdy and solid performances in the league. Ebuehi – from all accounts – is doing well in Holland and his inclusion in the Super Eagles squad will instil confidence.

    2)William Troost-Ekong (19 league appearances, 1 goal and 2 yellow cards): Ekong has played 63% of games for Watford this season – that is a lot of games in a bitterly competitive league. Crucially, he has played 7 of the last 8 league games. A hugely experienced centre back, Ekong is doing well and will be expected to put on a quality shift for Nigeria in March.

    3)Leon Balogun (15 league appearances, 1 assist and 0 yellow card): the best Nigerian centre back at the moment, Balogun has been benched in 4 out of the last 5 league matches for Rangers. Still, he has played a healthy amount of games and continues to feature in cup competitions. Plus he has been colossal for the Super Eagles in recent outings. I really don’t see any cause for alarm regarding Balogun’s form. Perhaps he is one of the ones Rohr is talking about!!!

    4)Kenneth Omeruo (15 league games, 0 goal and 4 yellow cards): though error-prone, Omeruo is an established and committed Nigeria international. He is super-active for his club having featured in the last 7 games with a goal to his name. Perhaps his disciplinary record is a source of concern with 4 yellow cards. But in all, I think he is more than ready for the tasks ahead.

    5)Semi Ajayi (23 games, 2 goals and 3 yellow cards): okay, his sloppy performances for Wes Brom have been a source of concern for me on occasions however, Ajayi is fit, sharp and has played a heck of a lot of top flight games. This augurs well for his preparedness for Super Eagles challenges ahead. Along with his weaknesses comes his strengths. English Premier League exposure is also not something to be sniffed at. Perhaps Rohr is concerned about aspects of Ajayi’s game (who knows).

    6)Chidozie Awaziem (15 league games and 5 yellow cards): Awaziem continues his development as a centre defender in Portugal with decent displays sadly charred by a poor disciplinary record. He has actually captained his team twice this season. His versatility will continue to be an asset to the Super Eagles. Maybe Rohr is worried about Awaziem’s disciplinary record but he is seeing healthy gametime.

    7)Zaidu Sanusi (17 league games, 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 yellow and 1 red card): okay, he has lost his starting position at Porto recently however the Super Eagles first choice left back continues to feature regularly across competitions. He is very much dialled in and I have no worries for his readiness to tackle the challenges of March qualifiers.

    8)Ola Aina (20 league matches 2 goals and yellow cards): for me, the cream of the crop. Aina is the most flamboyant and classy Super Eagles fullback and one of the best in the English Premier League (if I may say so). He is very ready for March assignments following a string of eye catching performances in England.

    9)Jamilu Collins (12 league games, 0 goals and 4 yellow cards): Collins has played 90 minutes each in 3 out for Paderborn’s last 4 games. Okay he has missed 9 out of 21 league games but is that a source of concern? I would not bat an eyelid if Collins makes the Super Eagles squad. His experience cannot be discounted.

    10)Brian Idowu (17 league games, 2 goals, 1 assist, 4 yellow and 1 red cards): the forgotten Tsar of Nigerian football. It is unfortunate that Idowu has rediscovered his footing at club football at a time when Super Eagles chances are slipping him by. But if called upon (based on what I have seen of his game in Russia this season) Idowu should be ready to perform yeoman’s job in Nigeria colours.

    In all, I see no cause for concern when it comes to Super Eagles defenders ahead of March qualifiers. Someone should ask Rohr what exactly he is worried about.

    • Ikeben 2 years ago

      Nice presentation @Deo. To understand what Rohr means by defenders not doing well, you need to listen to his previous interview. There he said our defenders are mainly fighting relegation, so we ought to remain humble.

      Not doing well to Rohr, is the position of the team on the table. We have Aina, Ajayi and maybe Tosin all fighting relegation and really needs much improvement to win the battle.

      Not doing well to Rohr, also means others are playing in lower leagues. So we have Omerou, Collins and Ekong.

      Then Akpoguma not playing because of injury.

      Like I said, he is referring more about their team position.

      But in addition, the journalist blew it out of proportion by making it a Headline and also claiming it is a cause for worry for Rohr. It is not rather, just an observation in comparison with the strikers. And something he wants to point for us the fans to stay humble. (We know him by now the chief of humility, especially when talking to press. This his style) But definitely, he will not say such things to his players.

      As for me, I’m use to his style, let him just do the job in March and I am sure it will simple for the team.

  • Collins id 2 years ago

    If he is not careful, the players will Chase him out of the team before the nest afcon, bcos he is the real defination of below average. He is very good at saying We don’t have player’s in realmadrid, Barcelona, Liverpool, Chelsea etc as if he was once a coach of these so called big teams, Rohr supereagles is the biggest team you ever coached, deliver and respect yourself or be ready to go out, don’t feel immune to sacking bcos of ur new contract, if you push us too far we will pay you off and use back hand slap take commot your amingor head from that supereagles bench. u think we don’t know what we want, if peakmilk wants help I can get him montella, spalleti or hindik,these coaches are far better than Rohr if NFF can only just double the salaryfigures like 100 k per month will sit montella or spalleti in our bench.

    • KangA 2 years ago

      If wishes were . . . then beggars would . . .  Shall we be gentle with the bird at hand? The high-class coaches you mentioned are not magicians. And I can bet my last N100 that they’ll avoid the SE even if offered treble of what Oga Rohr is earning. 

  • OmoEsan 2 years ago

    From my perspective I think this journalist blew this issue out of proportion, hence the reactions we’re getting from people.

    “We’ve too many strikers doing well and scoring in Europe, but very few defenders doing well.”

    The above statement from Rohr as quoted by the reporter is what has brought about the reactions so let’s look at the statement holistically.

    “We have too many strikers doing well in Europe”; This is the first part of Rohr’s statement. With the current form of Sadiq, Awoniyi, Moffi, Onuachu, Iheanacho, Simeon and with what we already know of Osimhen, we can agree with Rohr in this regard. This coupled with the form of our wingers; Chukwueze has returned from injury, Kalu is playing and doing well, Simon is playing regularly, so is Ejuke, while Emmanuel Dennis is also back playing. Captain Ahmed Musa should be the only source of worry for Rohr in the attack, else we can say our attack is good to go.

    “but very few defenders are doing well”; How true is this second part of Rohr’s statement. Kudos to @Deos for the analysis of the performance of our defenders. With Omeruo, Ajayi and Aina scoring vital goals for their clubsides recently, Awaziem having captained his team twice, Balogun physically fit and match fit, Ekong playing regularly, Ebuehi, Collins, Abdullahi, Sanusi all getting game time, I think the confidence of our defenders should be increasing rather than give Rohr concerns.

    In as much as I think the issue was blown out of proportion by the reporter, I am still of the opinion that Rohr shouldn’t have made that statement cuz, of all our defenders, Akpoguma’s injury is the only downside and be that as it may, it isn’t enough to give Rohr any worries, cuz the majority of our defenders are playing.

    However, we shouldn’t forget that Rohr also has a video analyst in his team of assistants whom he works with to analyze the performance of his players weekly. Is it possible that he has seen enough to arrive at a conclusion that very few of the defenders are doing well? We never can tell, but this is his job and him (Rohr) together with his assistants should see more and analyze much better than we the fans. Even if this is the case, Rohr manages the Super Eagles of Nigeria. We have a pedigree in Africa and there’s a manner in which he’s expected to speak about his team. We don’t expect him to boast, but then we don’t also expect him to talk or pretend to compete from a position of weakness, no matter the situation.

    Enough said.

    We wish Coach Rohr and the Super Eagles the best.

  • pompei 2 years ago

    We may not have defenders playing in the Real Madrids and Barcelonas of world football, but we do have defenders that can do a solid job come March. Please refer to Deo’s writeup.
    People that are saying they want to bring Montella, Spalleti, Hiddink for Nigeria, I have a small question – ARE THESE COACHES READY TO ACCEPT BEING OWED MONTHS OF SALARIES AND OTHER PAYABLES? WILL THESE COACHES TOLERATE THE CURRENT WORKING CONDITIONS ROHR IS SUBJECTED TO? WILL THEY BE WILLING TO OVERSEE MATCHES PLAYED ON SUBSTANDARD PITCHES? There is a reason Paul Le Guen rejected us ooo, before Rohr accepted the monumental challenge that is coaching Nigeria, a country that demands so much but is willing to invest only a little, or nothing at all!!!
    There is a reason people go to shekpe joint to buy alcohol. The man drinking shekpe also likes Bourbon and whiskey. Na where em hand reach e go. He buys what he can afford and manages it like that.
    You are asking Nigeria, a perpetual, perennial debtor, owing salaries and bonuses to coaches and players, to go and hire world class coaches? Hehehehe! No be say I dey laugh you to insult you ooo. But you sef check am, is it not funny?
    Can you imagine Hiddink being owed 6 months salary? He would quit after one month of unpaid salary, plus we will have a big case to settle with him, as he will demand his entire contract value plus damages, and rightly so!
    In Rohr, we have a coach a who patiently continues to work AND DELIVER RESULTS, in spite of his being owed compensation. If we like, let us frustrate him away. When he leaves, that is when our eyes will clear.
    We continue to make unreasonable demands of our coaches and players. Demands that include winning the world cup next year! Yet, the more fundamental problems, like NFF being a perennial debtor to coaches and players, our lack of good pitches to play football on, lack of health insurance or other arrangements to help players when they get injured on national duty, all these more pressing problems are conveniently overlooked by those who are intent on seeing Rohr’s back. My advice to Rohr haters – BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR! Lest Nigeria goes from the frying pan to the fire.
    Not too long ago, we failed to qualify for Afcon back to back for two consecutive tournaments. The problem and suffering that awaits us if we act foolishly now will be even worse in the near future.
    Rohr may not be a world class coach, and he does have problems. But he has done well for us. LET US NOT UPSET THE APPLE CART. AFTER HIS CONTRACT EXPIRES NEXT YEAR, THEN WE CAN PART WAYS. But for now, it will only take our football backwards to part ways with him. Rohr is the best we can afford at the moment. Or let me rephrase, Rohr is the type of coach our leaders are ready to spend money on. The money is there to get a great coach, but greed and corruption makes that eventuality impossible.
    So we just have to manage what we have. Thankfully, Rohr is trying. It could be a lot worse.

  • D-cardinal 2 years ago

    we don’t have world class defenders, its clear that. Ekong at his best is average,omerua na disaster,semi ajayi dey try,only our full backs dey try wella.Balogun is good but he lacks much pace, ekong has pace but lacks positioning sense,omerua lacks all of them, Awaziem can be trusted as a CB, ajayi is better than ekong by far,akpoguma seems the most talented of them as a CB. meanwhile Azubuike okechukwu, sadiq umar and anayo iwula desevers to be on that list.including musa and chukwueze wont make sense.

  • @colin id….

    Just to buttress some lies they’re telling us here.

    “…show any african team that have these numbers of players in the european top leagues? Is it algeria cameroun or senegal…”










    • Let me still add….

      FROM @collin id….
      “…COTE D’ IVIOR” suffered in the hands of average coaches…”; “…untill they brought in a champion coach who have won afcon with zambia before!…”; “…the man left to morroco…”

      HERVE RENARD praise singer u fail to mention what he won with Morocco….
      How far did morroco fair under him???

      All haters of OGA ROHR are liable to…


      • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

        Dumb head Renard has won two trophies with two different teams. Do you want to compare him to Rohr I can see you’re smart in your mind.

  • GLORY 2 years ago

    @ UBFE, Sure I truly appreciate your support for Rohr. I do too n will always do, if not for anything but for the sacrifice he’s made working in the nigeria setings. But please easy with few other guys like Collins Id, Chima, Pompeii etc, I read their comments, though laden with vexed vertuperations but seeing through the comments, I could understand they are born out of passion/national identity. That doesn’t take anything away from the fact they love Rohr less. For I believe most of these guys will come praising Rohrs names to high heaven when good results starts rolling in. Rohr has weak points and it’s only out of personal decision, I choose not to come out on such public forum as CSN to discuss that, as there are loads of self centred bull dogs lying in wait to use such weapon against him. But one thing, I personally detest is referring to our players as young or lacking in top quality. I will forever disagree with that, as I have always been of the opinion that clubs though a measured factor but not in totality. Lots of things contribute to players getting into big clubs, things like age, language, agents connections, footballers’ history, footballers’ uncomplicated agency registration, luck, personality etc. Football skill is just one of the numerous. But national team needs basically football skills, at the least 90%, then luck/ connection share the remaining 10%. So I personally, don’t look at clubs. I look at a player n tell straight away who can make it at national team level. I indeed had a fight with a friend sometime in 1993 over Amunike n Ikpeba. Then, fine boy Ikpeba was Prince of Monaco n the talk of the whole of Europe but I only watched Amunike playing for Zamalek against, I think Ashanti kotoko or Accra hearts of oaks, for me to declare Amunike a more viable national team player than Ikpeba. The rest is history now. This is not taking anything away from such super talent Ikpeba was then. So using footballers league or clubs performance might just be doing our national teams a great disservice. I call that extremely lazy, myopic scouting technique. We should have a much broader spectrum of scouting for players.

    • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

      Glory let’s give Rohr the Lesotho team to manage against the super eagles and hear what he will say. I’m drooling at the moment! Man is full of excuses even OMo9ja will handle Lesotho like babies if you give him a free hand to pick players. Sometimes I feel this Ubah and UBFE guys were babies during the hay days when we usually trash underdogs home and away that’s why they don’t know the pedigree of Nigerian football.

      Nigeria will win the match but it’s not by the power of Rohr, I repeat it so no one will come here and rant after we win because we are so much expected to win.

      • GLORY 2 years ago

        @ Chima Samuel, please we should just learn to appreciate ourselves here. UBfE is definitely one to respect on this forum. We all may just be reading the same book but different pages. Truth is, anyone with selfish intention will continue to fill a basket with water. Rohr will finish his contract and I honestly pray he continue to succeed because he has truly sacrificed and deserves respect for that. BROTHERS, ITS NOT EASY TO WORK IN NIGERIA OO. ROHR YES HAS HIS DOWNSIDE BUT WE HAVE TO EMPHASIZE N APPRECIATE HIS GOOD SIDES.

      • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

        Rohr is just too average and doesn’t seem like giving us any sort of Gold now or in 10years to come. I also pray for him to succeed but since he’s not what do you expect me to say?

  • Omo9ja 2 years ago

    I want to make it clear to everyone here today.

    We are all Nigerians and we love our country Nigeria.

    Super Eagles is the only thing that unite us. We don’t care if you are Hausa, Igbo or Yoruba. As long as you can represent us to the best of your ability then Nigerians are solidly behind you.

    Hmm. “Hate” is a big word and I don’t think I see no one that is not like Super Eagles as a Nigerian.

    Furthermore, Super Eagles as a team with the help of Mr. Westerhof, Jo Bonfrere and our indigenous coaches, we were able to win trophies.

    For instance, we won Afcon trophy three times and we won silver medals and Bronze medals including Olympics medals.

    At the world cup, we are still trying to go far which we haven’t accomplished yet.

    No Matter the situation in Africa, we can still settle down for the 3rd place position at least.

    However, the purpose of hiring a foreign coach is to build us a solid team and take Nigeria to the highest level of football which we haven’t seen yet.

    To achieve that, NFF are not doing their best on this. They don’t want to spend money but they wanted results. How could that be possible.

    On the other hand, I must say a very big thank you to Oga Rohr for working without bn paid. Also with our players.

    Now that the French man decided to work under that condition, it is our responsibility to support him but that doesn’t mean we should be clueless.

    That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t reacts when the coach is not doing the right thing.

    We don’t have big star players in our team but at least, we have a team that can win anything but the main problem on ground now is the coach.

    Solution to this problem is the NFF.

    Mr. Agu have no business in that team.

    Yobo should be in third position to Mr. Rohr.

    Oga Rohr needed a solid backup which is why Super Eagles is struggling to win against a discipline team.

    This is what we saw and we patriotic Nigerians acted on it and we will continue acting on this issue until NFF solve the problem.

    Does that mean we hate coach Rohr? Absolutely no.

    I don’t belong in any group here but if you say the truth, I’m with you 100%.

    If Oga Rohr’s team improving from now on, I will come out and congratulate.

    Three to five years should be enough to build a team.

    We have players so what is delaying us?

    Then again, if we talk, they will say anti Rohr have started again and they hate the coach because he’s white. How true is that kę?

    I can boldly say we all love Oga Rohr but he’s not perfect like you and I but he’s manageable.

    Does that mean we hate him?

    They twisted his word by saying the gaffer was playing a mind game in this interview.

    Come on Nigerians. Let’s be realistic for once.

    All in all, I particularly appreciate Oga Rohr and I want him to do more.

    During the world cup qualifiers I was happy with what I saw and I used to be his fan but after that qualifiers, I’m less convinced.

    Long story short, nobody hates nobody. We just wanted the best for Nigeria and our Super Eagles the pride of Africa. We can’t continue this way.

    We shouldn’t forget that we have Nigerians that are capable of taking Super Eagles to the higher level of football.

    Oga Rohr have to change his mentality first. Then, he needs to believe in his team. If he doesn’t change his mindset before the next Afcon, I think we should allow Amunike and co to manage the team for us. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!