Despite leading Nigeria to group stage exit from the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, expressed his desire to stay on with the team and lead them out to another World Cup in four years’ time.
‘’It’s my desire to stay on with this fantastic team. They are a young team both in the defence and the attack. It’s a team with a good cocktail of passion, discipline and enthusiasm,’’ Rohr said.
In view of this, our correspondents went round to seek opinions of football loving Nigerians on whether giving the German another chance will enable him to correct his lapses and lead the team to the next level.
Here are some of the comments of Nigerians across the country
Odewale Hamed, Abuja
Gernot Rohr should continue as Super Eagles coach because we were unable to qualify for two consecutive Nations Cup and against all odds he qualify Nigeria for the World Cup in Russia.
Continuied is key, he has a crop of young players that if well nurtured will develop to rule the world.
Though, he failed to qualify from the group stage but we should not use that as yardstick to call for his sack. Let him continue his good job he has started. With him Super Eagles have a bright future.
Femi John Emmanuel, Journalist, Abuja
As far as I am concerned, he has failed. If late Stephen Keshi, a Nigerian former Eagles coach can qualify for the second round of Brazil 2014 World Cup with less salary and free hands, why not a foreign coach whom we believe is the messiah to take us to at least the World Cup quarterfinals.
The likes of Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana have all played at the quarter finals of the World Cup. His match reading, analysis and changes lack professionalism as was exposed in the friendlies and the World Cup in Russia. He should be sacked and we look out for more competent hand to lead us to glory
Mr. Obinna Mikel Cosby
Absolutely NO, his tactics never helped us at all. How can we relax from the first minute of the game to the end? Our last group match our performance was not good enough because when we equalize the Argentines were frustrated. So, Rohr should have changed the tactics for us to press more, but rather we were relaxed for them to pressure us that constitute to our loss and I think he was not fair. Victor Moses performance was nothing to write home about from day one to the end and I was shocked to see that Ogenyi Onazi did not play any match at this World Cup. Is it because he had misunderstanding with the captain?
Rohr cannot help our football grow. I prefer a local and typical Nigerian born coach to lead the team. I remembered former Super Eagles coach, Late Stephen keshi when we lost the game. May his soul rest in peace. Rohr should go.
Michael Odey, Life Camp, Abuja.
Continuity is key if we are to excel in future competitions. Regardless of our outing in Russia, I think Coach Gernot Rohr has done a good job with the Super Eagles of Nigeria and he should remain as our coach.
Name: Francis Joseph, Bayelsa State
Yes, he deserves to remain as the Super Eagles’ coach.
Genot Rohr has done a great job for the Super Eagles and the squad is relatively young. Although it’s disappointing that they are out of the World Cup and there are areas that need improvement, but I do believe the future is bright with Rohr in charge.
It must not be hiring and firing all the time. Let’s start planning for the upcoming AFCON qualifiers and the next World Cup in 2022.
Bringing a new coach now will mean starting afresh again. Let’s not forget that even one of the best coaches we have had, Clemens Westerhof had enough time to build a winning team.
Building a winning team takes time. Those at the helm of affairs just have to be patient with the coach.
I am not a fan of fire brigade approach towards our national team coaches. Let’s not forget that Gernot Rohr came on board when the Super Eagles was at its lowest point; failing to qualify for AFCON back to back. Keeping him will do us well than letting him go. Don’t forget AFCON 2019 qualifiers are just around the corner.
Gernot Rohr should continue his job with Super Eagles but he needs at this point to give us a formidable team and tactical identity that will conquer Africa and rest of the world in the nearest future.
NFF should give him the freehand to choose the team he wants and it is high time we stoped man know man in selecting the squad.
Gernot Rohr should continue as the head coach of the super eagles but he needs to give more room for our local players to come in to the squad. I don’t buy the idea that all our best players are in Europe. He also needs to improve on his tactics.
Uknelson, Akure, Ondo State
In my own opinion I think it’s time we start thinking like Nigerians and give room to our own coaches too. There is nothing bad with Rohr continuing as head coach, but I think the Super Eagles squad should be built around home based players and with Rohr in charge I don’t see that happening.
Rohr is a brilliant coach but he doesn’t know how to read games when it matters.
Charles Greg Bassey, Benin City
NFF should maintain Gernot Rohr as the head coach of the Super Eagles. The Technical Committee should be saddled with the responsibility of establishing Home Based players into the Super Eagles. Rohr should stop looking down on players from the NPFL. I am very sure that Lokosa would have performed more than Ighalo in front of Goal. In a nutshell, Rohr should remain and he should include home based players in the Super Eagles.
Dayo Awoniyi, Abuja
Rohr should be allowed to continue because continuity is one of the things that helps team to grow and excel. Our local players should however be given a chance to prove themselves and above all attention should also be given to football cadres like U-13, 15, 17 and 20 for developmental processes.
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