Gernot Rohr: Former Super Eagles Manager Shares Honest Admission on Nigeria Amid Coaching Situation

Gernot Rohr: Former Super Eagles Manager Shares Honest Admission on Nigeria Amid Coaching Situation

Ero Samson
updated at April 13, 2024 at 1:11 PM
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  • The Super Eagles of Nigeria are still without a coach following the departure of Jose Peseiro
  • The Nigeria Football Federation are still on the lookout for a fitting coach for the national team
  • A former coach of the Super Eagles has aired his honest admission on the Nigerian team

The Super Eagles of Nigeria put in one of their finest showings at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in recent times with a second-place finish in Ivory Coast.

The three-time Cup of Nations winners coasted to the final with former coach, Jose Peseiro, setting up the team in an astute defensive formation.

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Gernot Rohr recently shared his thoughts on the current Super Eagles team. Image: Visionhaus.
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However, despite clinching second place at the showpiece, former coach of the Nigerian team, Gernot Rohr, believes the Super Eagles have made little progress since his departure from his role as coach in 2021.

Gernot Rohr speaks on the Super Eagles

In an interview reported by the media outlet OwnGoalNigeria, the Franco-German tactician emphasised that despite finishing second at the AFCON, the West African nation has made little progress since his departure.

"They haven't really made the progress they thought they would when they asked me to leave. It is still more of the players I left behind and a style of play that wasn't their best at the AFCON."

The Nigerian national team is currently without a coach ahead of the FIFA World Cup qualification series in June. However, the septuagenarian believes the Super Eagles will secure qualification to the showpiece despite their managerial situation.

"They are just two points behind the group leaders, and that is an advantage they can cancel in the next round of fixtures. You can't write off a team with such quality; every team in the group knows this."

The words of the Republic of Benin technical adviser mirror the sentiments of many stakeholders across the Nigerian football scene.

Despite Nigeria's seemingly impressive outing at the AFCON, many have criticised the tactical approach of the national team employed at the showpiece.

Nwabali speaks on AFCON penalty

Sports Brief in another report stated that Super Eagles of Nigeria goalkeeper, Stanley Nwabali, has disclosed the mindset he had during the AFCON penalty shootout against South Africa.

The 27-year-old came up clutch for the Nigerian national team during the semi-final clash against Bafana Bafana.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).