Super Eagles camp boils following Sierra Leone draw

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is battling to bring sanity to the Super Eagles camp over serious disagreements generated by Friday’s 4-4 draw the Nigerian team recorded against Sierra Leone in an African Cup of Nations qualifier.

Nigeria had led Sierra Leone by 4-0 only for the Leone Stars to come back and force the Eagles to a 4-4 draw.

  At the end of the game, it was gathered, many of the players and some back room staff blamed Rohr for the draw, accusing the German of ignoring their counsel in game management.

  An NFF top official, who did not want to be quoted publicly, said the federation’s President, Amaju Pinnick, had to intervene when it looked like some players and coaches were trying to mutiny against Rohr over the way he is handling the team.

 Relating to an incident during the match when team captain Ahmed Musa had to confront Rohr for making bad changes in the course of the game, the source said many of the senior players accused the German of not understanding the flow of the game and therefore could not make effective changes.

  He 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 worst part is that he did not seek any of his assistants’ opinion before the changes. 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.

 “The way things stand, if the NFF president fails to bring sanity to the camp, we could witness worse performance in Freetown.”

  The source also said some of the senior players have started questioning Rohr’s competence, arguing that the German has not been able to lift the team above the 2017 level.

 “I have been confronted by some of these players with what they perceive as the poor coaching from the technical crew.

 “After the 2-1 loss to Argentina at the World Cup in Russia, Rohr said he had learnt his lessons from that game. But he seems to have learnt nothing.

    “Some of the senior players have now decided to play more active part in team selection and management during games since Rohr has shown a glaring lack of capacity to manage the team effectively.”