Super Eagles coach dares NFF, says Nobody can select his team for him
Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has rejected claims that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) selects players for him, stating that no-one can dictate to him on who he picks for national duty.
Thee 66-year-old former Bayern Munich defender was handed a replacement two-year contract by the NFF, following the expiration of his four year deal which was signed in 2016.
Rohr has been mandated to qualify Nigeria for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and win the 2021 continental title in Cameroon in his new deal after the previous Bordeaux manager guided the three-time African champions to a finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of countries in Egypt.
Franco-German tactician Rohr has been accused by NFF president Amaju Pinnick of not introducing more Nigeria football League (NPFL) players into the national team, while Nosa Igiebor who hasn’t been called up to the squad recently, alleged that he wasn’t called by Rohr because he doesn’t play during a top league.
Rohr, however, has dismissed both reports saying he only selects players on merit after consultation together with his assistants.
“It isn’t a neighborhood of my contract to require players who aren’t so good. I can choose my players myself. it’s the foremost important [thing]. So, nobody can tell me ‘You need to pick this one or that one,” Rohr told Channels TV.
“I can take the simplest players and that i don’t roll in the hay alone. we’ve a team and our staff. I even have my assistant, I even have my analyzer.
“Each Monday we’ve our meetings and that we discuss the games played at the weekend and what our players did. we’ve to require the simplest ones regardless of where they’re coming from.”