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Super Eagles job: If not Gernot Rohr, then who?

Good morning from the beautiful city of Uyo, it is a sunny Thursday, how are you doing today, the streets this morning is on the rush as people tried to avoid the full lockdown by security men, barricading roads and making sure they frustrate your life. Those corrupt sucking cunts are just doing their jobs to keep all of us safe from the ravaging coronavirus pandemic.

Last night we were greeted by the report that all state governors have accepted to lockdown their states for a further 14 days, I mean, for the first time since this outbreak, the politicians have all agreed to fully lockdown. Bu you just have to wonder if the directives will be complied or flaunt as usual.

I’ve taken it as a responsibility to check my twitter timeline before I go to sleep to ascertain the number of cases reported by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, NCDC, hoping there will be a good news of actually not reporting a case, but it looks like its going to take a while to stop the spread of the virus and you and I can help do that by following health tips from the authorities.

I’ve digressed. Let me return to the topic I have for you this morning, yesterday, I wrote about the public perception of NPFL players as being poor, not being paid enough by their clubs. But Heartland and Super Eagles goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa came out to debunk that reports if you haven’t read it yet, click here you’ll have it.

The Athletic NG has been following stories on the German coach’s situation with the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF. His current contract expires at the end of June with reports NFF has offered him new terms, with changes to the old deal.

As revealed by the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick in an interview two weeks ago, he said Rohr will now be paid in Naira, not dollar; that he must relocate to Nigeria to help nurture talents in the domestic league.

Emmanuel Amuneke is a strong contender to succeed Gernot Rohr as Supers Eagles head coach
Emmanuel Amuneke is a strong contender to succeed Gernot Rohr as Supers Eagles head coach (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

I am not sure the German considering his personality will not accept those terms, but to make it public complicate things, which to me looks fishy. If Rohr refuses to sign the new terms, those in the glasshouse will push the blame on him while trying to cover themselves in glory. People have criticized the move and rightly so. I think it’s not the best approach to the situation considering their cordial relationship.

The NFF might be trying to shove the man away by offering him reviewed terms and also made it public. It is very normal to think if they are trying to tell him, look man you are way too expensive and you haven’t done anything extraordinary with the team, let’s give it to our coaches and see what happens.

If that is their line of thinking, fair enough, but why not tell the man to his face that new terms will not be offered than making the terms public before issuing it to the coach?

Now the question beckons, if not Rohr, then who are they going to appoint as the next coach of the Super Eagles.

Former NFF Technical Committee Chairman, Chris Green had urged the board to give the job to ex-footballers who have acquired their badges. The most prominent are former Tanzania coach, Emmanuel Amuneke and Finidi George after Sunday Oliseh ruled himself out of the job.

The problem is not about their pedigree because we know both men are capable of handling the national team. Amuneke took Tanzania to the last Nations Cup after the East Africans had failed to qualify for almost four decades. That’s some achievement, but is it enough to handle a team as big as Nigeria?

Finidi George is also a contender to succeed Gernot Rohr for the Eagles job
Finidi George is also a contender for the Eagles job
(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Finidi George for the record has never managed a senior team, he was assistant at Real Mallorca in Spain and has managed academy boys, but has not acquired the experience to handle characters he will face in the Eagles dressing room if given the job.

Both men have indicated interest in the job and will be ready to lead from the touchline for Nigeria if given the opportunity, but can they really handle the job?

The Big Boss, Stephen Keshi took the team to glory in South Africa, Samson Siasia has failed to live upto expectations, Christian Chukwu tried his best, Sunday Oliseh resigned after not being able to manage his ego, and other Nigerians have tried their best.

This still takes me back to the question, if not Rohr, then who? Think about it. Examine the scenario and look at how the NFF have been treating indigenous coaches who previously managed the Super Eagles.

That’s all from me this morning. Thank you for reading as well, please leave a comment below, click our notification 🔔button to subscribe to The Athletic NG latest news.

As always, stay home to stay alive. Till tomorrow.


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