Rohr calls for more grass pitches in Nigeria

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has expressed his preference for Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matches to be played more on grass pitch stadiums.

Rohr spoke on Sunday after the league match between Lagos-based MFM FC and Heartland FC of Owerri at the Agege Stadium. The Agege stadium has an artificial pitch.

The coach told the New Agency of Nigeria that while he was impressed with the standard of the league he believes it would be improved more if games were played on grass as against synthetic pitches.

He said, “I am here to see MFM play once again after the CAF Champions League fixture which they won. I am also here to see the other team, Heartland FC.

“What I also noticed is that the league is being played on synthetic pitches. That is old-fashioned because the sun is not favourable playing on such turf. Synthetic pitches are hot during the sun and it is not the best for the players.”

Rohr said he would like to see other players outside the ones he had shortlisted for the upcoming Nigeria matches, so as to see their level of commitment and play.

“I am not here to see those players on my list, but also discover more players and to see the level of the league, which is better for me. I want to see those that are doing better and to discover other teams. This is where I can watch the team play because there are no NPFL clubs playing in Abuja.

“The level of the league is interesting and I must commend the teams for their good spirit, though none of the players are in my list.”

MFM defeated Heartland 3-0, with goals from Stanley Okorom (8th minute), Chuka Uwaga (88th minute) and Tchato Giscard (92nd minute).