Many have wondered why the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have refused to sack the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr despite failing to win any major trophy for the senior national team since he was saddled with the job in 2016.
The truth is not far fetch considering the fact that the German tactician has exhibited the traits of a champions going by how the team qualified for major tournament with ease without the usually hypertensive and permutation difficulties that some football-loving Nigerians had to undergo in the process.
No doubt, a lot of critics have criticised his tactical and technical abilities to lead the Super Eagles to the glory land. However, it should be noted that Rohr has brought some dimensional style of play to the team, hence, setting his cards for what will be a trophy-laden campaign for Nigeria in 2022.
His shortfalls at the 2018 World Cup, most especially against Argentina in the last group game and also at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations semi-final game against Algeria must have taught him some lessons.
Although some lovers of the round leather game in the country are quick to point out that qualifying for the World Cup and getting knocked out in the preliminary round should not be termed as ‘success’.
Some have also noted that under Rohr’s reign, Nigeria have qualified for three major tournaments with games to spare and also earned the qualification from the most difficult groups in the qualifying stages of the competition.
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Rohr like the other quality coaches in the world, is always open to quantitative and qualitative criticisms in as much as it will help to drive the team towards success in the Super Eagles’ assignments.
In all, Rohr has so far delivered in the tasks handed over to him by the NFF. Lately, he has led the Super Eagles to qualify for the 2021 AFCON slated for Cameroon, and in a matter of days can conquer Liberia and Cape Verde to put the team in steady control of their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign.
Despite executing some of the national team’s assignment on an empty stomach as he is still being owed some months salary, the German tactician never allowed it to affect his gameplan, but has effectively executed the qualifiers with smiles beaming on his face.
Besides, he has been able to discover and integrate young talents into the Super Eagles fold and building lots of confidence in them. Recall that at the 2019 AFCON and 2018 World Cup, Rohr’s team was considered as one of the youngest teams at both tournaments.
Like the saying that ‘slow and steady wins the race’, Rohr seems has been destined to lead Nigeria to success at the 2021 AFCON.
By Augustine Akhilomen