Fans urge NFF to keep Rohr to sustain Super Eagles progress

Some fans have urged the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to retain the service of the Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, to sustain the team’s development for the 2022 World Cup.

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They told  Newsmen on Wednesday in Lafia that the team should be commended for its performance at the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

NAN reports that the Super Eagles exited the Coupe de Mundial after losing to 1-2 to Argentina and coming third in the group stage.

Cheke Emmanuel, Chairman, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Nasarawa State chapter, told NAN that he was excited by the team’s prospects in spite of their early exit from the 2018 World Cup after a painful loss to Lionel Messi-led Argentinian team.

Emmanuel attributed the improvement in the team’s performance to the tactics and training schedule employed by Rohr, adding that a continued relationship between Rohr and the NFF was good for Nigeria.

“It was a painful loss but the boys played their hearts out. Our performance in this tournament shows that we have made progress and this is partly due to the good work of our coach.

“My honest advice is that the NFF should retain him so that he can continue to work with the team to make them better in future competitions. If this group of boys continue with this coach, we will see improvement in future tournaments,” he said.

Kabiru Dogo, Head Coach of Nasarawa United FC of Lafia, also expressed optimism on the Super Eagles chances in future competitions.

According to him,  the NFF should not just retain Rohr but also the players and make available numerous friendly games so that they can improve and understand themselves better.

“The team played well. It is just that our strikers, you cannot predict them. The game was fair and the boys did well.

“I appeal to the NFF to build on the team. Apart from that, Rohr has a done a fantastic job with his technical crew.

“The NFF should allow them to continue their jobs so that in the next World Cup or Africa Nations Cup, the country’s chances will be bright,” he said.

Eche Amos, Board Member and Media Officer of Nigerian Shooting Federation (NSF), said inexperience contributed largely to the loss to Argentina but applauded Rohr for changing the psyche of the players whom, according to him, played well but lost when it mattered.

“It is the game of football. There must be a winner and loser. But I feel we tried even though we paraded the youngest team of the tournament.

“So, we did not lose because of lack of hard work but inexperience. We had chances we did not take and missed opportunities that could hurt one in a World Cup.

“I urge the NFF to retain the coach so that he can entrench his tactics in the players because hiring a new coach is another step backwards as the new coach will bring his own policies which the players have to start all over again to learn,” he said.

Also, Suleiman Usman, Chairman, Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON), Nasarawa State chapter, said the Federal Government needed to increase its financial support for sports development for the country to make giant strides in global tournaments like the World Cup.

“Honestly, like every Nigerian, I am not happy because we deserved to win that match. Our boys played well.

“There is no doubt that NFF needs to retain Rohr to continue the good work he is doing but the Federal Government and other tiers of government need to pay more attention to sports development, especially at the grassroots sports,” he said.

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