Before Gernot Rohr signed his first contract to be the coach of the Super Eagles, many people did not know him. So, when he was unveiled as new coach of the Super Eagles, many fans had lofty expectations. This is because of where the Super Eagles were when he took over. The team failed to qualify for the previous two African Cup of Nations tournaments before his appointment
In his first few games, he brought a bit of hope for the team and qualified the team to the World Cup in Russia with a game to spare, same with the African Cup of Nations. The Franco-German has qualified the Super Eagles for the African Cup of Nations twice with a game to spare and to the World Cup
After the Nations Cup in Egypt and the retirement of Mikel Obi and Ighalo, together with Victor Moses' retirement after World Cup, the team lost balance. Rohr has tried to change tactics, players and strategy but the team seem not to make progress
Since losing to Argentina at the World Cup and the Super Eagles loss to Algeria at AFCON, Gernot Rohr's job has been the cynosure of all eyes
The height of the Super Eagles's deterioration under Gernot Rohr is the loss to Central African Republic in Lagos on Thursday. Since then, the man has been in the eye of the storm
Granted, there have been good moments under Gernot Rohr, but recently the performance of his team leaves much to be desired. The team has struggled despite the array of stars it has and scoring goals is now a problem
When a team loses a game, not many people look at the individual performances of the players, the coach takes responsibility. For Gernot Rohr, he has been making excuses for his team's dismal performances and with this loss at home to Central African Republic, it is difficult to explain why the Eagles lost
Gernot Rohr has the opportunity to lead Nigeria to qualify Nigeria to a tournament for the fourth time. Nevertheless, the fans want to see cohesion in the team, tactical awareness and the ability of each player to maximize his potential
Gernot Rohr should do all he can to get the team back to winning games convincingly and to justify the huge investments by the NFF on the team.
As the Super Eagles play CAR on Sunday, Gernot Rohr should make the needed changes in order to get the result that will pacify Nigerians.
The German needs good assistant coaches too to assist him. Since Salisu Yusuf and Imama Amapakabo were relieved of their duties as assistant coaches, the team has felt technical imbalance. The NFF should give him capable assistants who have track records of coaching in order to assist him, as coaching is not a business for one man. Nigerian football fans will not want to listen to excuses anymore, Gernot Rohr must get it right henceforth
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