Rohr names 1 Super Eagles Star Currently Shinning at AFCON That People Wanted him to Drop

Rohr names 1 Super Eagles Star Currently Shinning at AFCON That People Wanted him to Drop

Ibitoye Shittu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:54 PM
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  • Moses Simon has been in sparkling form for the Super Eagles so far at the ongoing African Cup of Nations
  • The 26-year-old was named as the man of the match after Super Eagles' emphatic 3-0 victory over Sudan
  • Coach Gernot Rohr has hailed Moses Simon claiming that people actually wanted him to snub the player when he was in charge of Super Eagles

Gernot Rohr has stated clearly that people wanted him to drop Moses Simon from his squad when he was in charge of the Super Eagles due to his inconsistent performances.

The German football manager was last year sacked as the Super Eagles coach with the Nigerian Football Federation claiming that he lost the control of the dressing room.

Moses Simon
Moses Simon with his award after win against Sudan. Photo by DANIEL BELOUMOU OLOMO
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Having qualified Nigeria for the 2021 Nations Cup in Cameroon, Gernot Rohr was actually preparing his team for the competition before he was sacked by the NFF.

Who then replaced the former Burkina Faso manager?

Following his sacking, the NFF installed Augustine Eguavoen as interim coach for the Nations Cup and the former international has won his first two games.

in the first match at AFCON, Nigeria defeated Egypt 1-0 with Iheanacho netting the goal, while Chukwueze, Awoniyi and Moses Simon got the goals against Sudan.

Moses Simon got the man of the match award against Sudan and many Nigerians have been hailing the 26-year-old for his fine form at AFCON.

According to the report on Complete Sports and Pulse, Gernot Rohr explained that he never doubted the ability of Moses Simon.

Gernot Rohr's statement about Moses Simon

“When I was coach, a lot of people wanted me to drop him, but he is very important to my team. He puts the team first and plays for all with ease.
“I love his attitude on the pitch and he’s a perfect gentleman off the pitch. I never doubted him.”

Eguavoen names 2 superstars Super Eagles are missing at the ongoing AFCON in Cameroon

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how Augustine Eguavoen who is in charge of the Super Eagles at the ongoing AFCON in Cameroon has made it clear that the team are missing Ighalo and Osimhen.

After his failure to recover quickly for the African Cup of Nations, the Nigerian Football Federation named Peter Olayinka as Victor Osimhen's replacement in the Super Eagles squad.

Many Nigerian football lovers were even of the view that the Nigerian Football Federation should have dragged Napoli for not releasing Victor Osimhen for the AFCON.

Al-Shabab refused to release Odion Ighalo for the AFCON in Cameroon claiming that it is not in the contract that the former Manchester United striker signed with them.

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