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Nigerian Players, Coaches Battle Rohr Over ‘Poor Decisions' by robosky02(m): 10:11am On Nov 16
Super Eagles camp in disarray as players, coaches battle Rohr over ‘poor decisions’

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is said to be trying to bring sanity to Super Eagles camp over ‘the bad blood’ generated by Friday’s 4-4 draw the Nigerian team recorded against Sierra Leone in an African Cup of Nations qualifier.

Nigeria led Sierra Leone by 4-0 at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium on Friday only for the Leone Stars to come back and force the Super Eagles to a 4-4 draw.

At the end of the game, many of the players and some back room staff blamed Rohr for the draw, accusing the German of ignoring their counsel in the game management.

An NFF top official, who pleaded anonymity, said the federation’s President, Amaju Pinnick, had to intervene when it looked like some players and coaches were trying to mutiny against Rohr over the way he is handling the team.

Relating to an incident during the match when Skipper Ahmed Musa had to confront Rohr for making ‘bad changes’ in the course of the game, the source said many of the senior players accused the German of not understanding the flow of the game and therefore could not make effective changes.

“The Sierra Leonean coach made three changes that turned the game on its head, while Rohr reduced the effectiveness of our team by some curious decisions.

“The worst part is that he did not seek any of his coaches’ opinion before making changes during the game. He only wrote some things on a paper and passed to our team secretary, Day Enebi, who then submitted names for substitutions.

“Rohr said some of the players were not mentally ripe for national team games, yet he keeps inviting these players.

“The way things stand, if the NFF president fail to bring sanity to the camp, we could witness worse performance in Freetown,” he said.

The source also said some of the senior players have started questioning Rohr’s competence, arguing the German has not been able to lift the team above the 2017 level.

“I have been confronted by some of these players with what they perceive as the poor coaching standard of the leader of the technical crew.

“After the 2-1 loss to Argentina at the World Cup in Russia, Rohr said he had learnt his lessons from that game. But he seems to have learnt nothing.

“Some of the senior players have now decided to play more active part in team selection and management during games since Rohr has shown a glaring lack of capacity to manage the team effectively.

“I am sure that if the late Amodu Shaibu or Stephen Keshi were in charge of the Super Eagles, no team, not even France or Brazil, can force Nigeria to a draw after trailing by 4-0. It is not possible.”

https://m.guardian.ng/sport/super-eagles-camp-in-disarray-as-players-coaches-battle-rohr-over-poor-decisions/amp/

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Re: Nigerian Players, Coaches Battle Rohr Over ‘Poor Decisions' by Karlovich: 10:18am On Nov 16
So ordinary Sierra Leone is giving Nigeria so much headache.

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Re: Nigerian Players, Coaches Battle Rohr Over ‘Poor Decisions' by osamz007: 10:22am On Nov 16
All of them dey very stupid una no fit defend four goals without a coach. Spits

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Re: Nigerian Players, Coaches Battle Rohr Over ‘Poor Decisions' by ServanTheG(m): 11:35am On Nov 16
Super Cowards. Stupid Naija green and white pots calling German kettle black

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Re: Nigerian Players, Coaches Battle Rohr Over ‘Poor Decisions' by kheny12(m): 12:50pm On Nov 16
This Francois-German coach need to be shown the exit door After tomorrow game in Freetown.He said he had learnt his lesson since 2018 world cup loosing to Argentina.Bad Game management cause us the game last Friday.

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Re: Nigerian Players, Coaches Battle Rohr Over ‘Poor Decisions' by Kayceenaz(m): 12:55pm On Nov 16
A house divided against itself cannot stand.
The super eagles will likely lose this imminent match against Sierra-leone.

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Re: Nigerian Players, Coaches Battle Rohr Over ‘Poor Decisions' by slawormiir: 12:55pm On Nov 16
damnnn niggarrrr
Isoright...
Make them shut up
All of them
Bunch of pussy asss niggarrrr

Although such come back do occur in football but not with Sierra Leon

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Re: Nigerian Players, Coaches Battle Rohr Over ‘Poor Decisions' by tobechi74: 12:55pm On Nov 16
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Re: Nigerian Players, Coaches Battle Rohr Over ‘Poor Decisions' by DennisEche(m): 12:56pm On Nov 16
NIGERIA NEVER GETS ANYTHING RIGHT ASIDE BEEN CHAMPIONS IN CORRUPTION

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Re: Nigerian Players, Coaches Battle Rohr Over ‘Poor Decisions' by Bar1941(m): 12:56pm On Nov 16
Mumu team, if you guys like you can continue your own #ENDSARS protest on the field like you did on Friday...


The thunder wey go strike all of unna still de rehearse.

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Re: Nigerian Players, Coaches Battle Rohr Over ‘Poor Decisions' by tydi(m): 12:56pm On Nov 16
grin

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Re: Nigerian Players, Coaches Battle Rohr Over ‘Poor Decisions' by Soarr(m): 12:57pm On Nov 16
Abeg who get palliatives wey he go like give me?
Re: Nigerian Players, Coaches Battle Rohr Over ‘Poor Decisions' by Uyi168(m): 12:57pm On Nov 16
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Apart from collecting big money, I don't really know what other thing Rohr is good at..
angry

He needs to be sacked.

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Re: Nigerian Players, Coaches Battle Rohr Over ‘Poor Decisions' by TOPCRUISE(m): 12:57pm On Nov 16
An organized secondary school team will beat the super eagles. One of our strikers is good at showing us his height and not his goals

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Re: Nigerian Players, Coaches Battle Rohr Over ‘Poor Decisions' by MOLOTOVcockTAIL(m): 12:57pm On Nov 16
cheesy
Re: Nigerian Players, Coaches Battle Rohr Over ‘Poor Decisions' by NellaObi: 12:57pm On Nov 16
How do Nigerians expects bunch of billionaires in Naira to be running around on pitch grin. The Only way our squad can improve is to properly scout players on the street.. ones that are hungry to improve their lives

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Re: Nigerian Players, Coaches Battle Rohr Over ‘Poor Decisions' by prinsam30(m): 12:58pm On Nov 16
While the players’ professionalism and attitude must be questioned, Rohr must also take a considerable portion of the blame.

Time and again his substitutions have proved ineffective and have too regularly appeared to cost Nigeria momentum and control in a match, rather than helping the Eagles consolidate their authority and continue to take the game to opposition.

It was as clear as day, as Friday’s match swung in the Leone Stars’ favour, that Nigeria’s midfield was labouring, yet Rohr watched on helplessly, making tweaks and cosmetic realignments, rather than fixing the gaping hole in the hear of the team.

Certainly, it can be hard to find too much logic in some of Rohr’s substitutions, and sometimes, his changes appear to be made just for the sake of it.
Why, for example, remove the influential Samuel Chukwueze, whose movement and running gave the Leone Stars something to be worried about behind their defence?

Why remove Leon Balogun for Semi Ajayi? Why introduce strikers Paul Onuachu and Kelechi Iheanacho when the midfield requires bolstering?
The substitutions themselves are problematic, as are the timings of the changes…Rohr dithers, watching on as Rome burns, when a proactive approach is required.

Then, the broader squad selection must also be questioned.

In the past, we’ve seen Nigeria setting themselves up to fail, rather than succeed, and it feels as though the same is happening again with Rohr.

Many eyebrows were raised when the German coach named four midfielders—one of whom was right-back Tyronne Ebuehi—in his squad for the double-header against the Leone Stars.

It was hard to see, without injured Wilfried Ndidi, who would offer the defensive rigour in the heart of the park, and there were always going to be a certain issue of the practicality of a Joe Aribo-Oghenkaro Etebo midfield pairing.

Unsurprisingly, both of these two problems—both very predictable—came home to roost for the Super Eagles, as the duo in the centre were targeted and ultimately overrun as the contest went on.

Why replace injured winger Moses Simon with Onuachu?
Why replace Frank Onyeka with Shehu Abdullahi?
Why invite two right-backs and then play centre-back Kevin Akpoguma in that position?
Was there no place for Ramon Azeez, Kelechi Nwakali, Mikel Agu, Uche Agbo, Anderson Esiti or Okechukwu Azubuike?

Perhaps they haven’t always impressed with the national side, but any of them should be a competent option—should Etebo tire or get injured, say—against a side ranked 120th in the world.

These are all questions, perhaps, that the NFF and Amaju Pinnick should have been asking Rohr and his team when federation officials called for a summit on Saturday morning to understand what went wrong in the 4-4 draw.

The federation also have some questions to answer, specifically about the decision to offer Rohr a new contract in May 2020—ahead of the World Cup, before the Eagles’ underwhelming performance and first-round exit at the grandest stage of all.

While Rohr’s handling of the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign—after being drawn with 2012, 2017 and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations champions Zambia, Cameroon and Algeria—was a fine achievement for a progressive, adventurous side, the West African giants haven’t built on the promise of those years.

The coach’s desire to constantly cut the average age of the side, and oversee consistent influxes of new faces may have resulted in Nigeria being the youngest squad at the 2018 World Cup, but has it also denied the Eagles of some critical experience and calming older heads who can help the team get through difficult periods.

Introducing youth around a spine of Ndidi, John Obi Mikel and Odion Ighalo was one thing, but with the three of them absent, Rohr’s Super Eagles project may be entering it’s terminal phase.

Extract from goal.com

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Re: Nigerian Players, Coaches Battle Rohr Over ‘Poor Decisions' by 9jayes: 12:58pm On Nov 16
U see, how dem go take beat Sierra Leone like dis

Re: Nigerian Players, Coaches Battle Rohr Over ‘Poor Decisions' by jojofola: 12:59pm On Nov 16
Make una scatter everything
Re: Nigerian Players, Coaches Battle Rohr Over ‘Poor Decisions' by Badonasty(m): 12:59pm On Nov 16
lol....any small thing dem go start to dey blame coach....dem tie una legs as the goals dey enter or una eyes blind?

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Re: Nigerian Players, Coaches Battle Rohr Over ‘Poor Decisions' by Tunasco4u(m): 12:59pm On Nov 16
Ok
Re: Nigerian Players, Coaches Battle Rohr Over ‘Poor Decisions' by kufre2010: 12:59pm On Nov 16
.NIGRIANS ARE THE MOST STUBBORN SET OF HUMANS, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED BY SATGURU MAHARAJJI TO STOP EMPLOYING FOREIGN COACH BUT U PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO HEAR. YOU WILL SEE THE RESULT OF DISOBEDIENCE.

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Re: Nigerian Players, Coaches Battle Rohr Over ‘Poor Decisions' by Duru009(m): 12:59pm On Nov 16
From a reliable source;. The match was sold !


Take it or leave it !

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Re: Nigerian Players, Coaches Battle Rohr Over ‘Poor Decisions' by YunqTee: 12:59pm On Nov 16
angryThem wan dey follow rohr drag him managerial role
Re: Nigerian Players, Coaches Battle Rohr Over ‘Poor Decisions' by LandMann: 12:59pm On Nov 16
The players must be very stupid for trying to blame Rohr for their woeful performance.

Especially that Ahmed Musa that keeps running like a headless chicken or a danfo with failed breaks.

How is it that it is someone with a quarter past four eyesight that the entire north could produce to keep the team nationally balanced?

I'm sure that guy must have settled someone somewhere so as to remain in the team.

Musa is too undeveloped to be playing in the national team. He plays like Daniel James of Manchester United, high speed with no ball control, agility or skill.

Give me that team and Musa will not even appear in 6th choice.

Rubbish

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Re: Nigerian Players, Coaches Battle Rohr Over ‘Poor Decisions' by Kingsuave(m): 12:59pm On Nov 16
Flimsy Excuse grin

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