After Friday’s 4-4 draw against the lone stars of Sierra Leone, it has been reported by Bsnsports that some of the senior players of the Super Eagles and backroom staff have confronted the team head coach, Gernot Rohr, slamming the blame on him for the embarrassment and pointing out that wrong substitutions made during the game was the reason for the abysmal second display against Sierra Leone.
According to The Sun, the President, Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick had to step in to thwart the perceived crisis in the camp as players and coaches were trying to stage what looked like mutiny against the Super Eagles coach questioning his technical ability and the way he handles the team.
As captured in the camera during the the Friday’s AFCON 2021 match-day 3 qualifier, the team captain, Ahmed Musa, was seeing complaining against Rohr decision after making a substitution he considered ‘wrong’ which later backfired. Some of the players accused Rohr of not having much understanding of the flow of the game, hence, his mistakes when making changes in the course of the game.
As it is, the NFF is trying everything to calm the tension and bring sanity into the Eagles camp to forestall the repeat of embarrassment witnessed at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin.
The worst part is that he did not seek any of his coaches opinion before the game. He only wrote some things on a paper and passed to our team secretary, Dayo 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.
Top NFF official who spoke with The Sun on condition of anonymity said: “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 way things stand, if the NFF president fails 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.”