Five Talking Points In Nigeria Vs Lesotho 2021 AFCON Qualifier – Complete Sports
The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between the Super Eagles and the Crocodile of Lesotho which ended 3-0 in favour of Nigeria at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos may have come and gone. However, the memories of hosting the game in Lagos still remain indelible in the minds of football fans.
Completesports correspondent, Augustine Akhilomen highlights five major points of the game on Tuesday.
Lagos Good Host For Super Eagles?
After 20 years of not hosting the senior national team, the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos gave football fans in Lagos the opportunity to watch the Super Eagles thrash Lesotho 3-0 on Tuesday. It was a rare opportunity that was made possible by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
The players never disappointed the Lagos fans as they thrilled them with a beautiful game of football. The sound beat of the supporters club also brought back the good old days of Rafiu Ladipo, former Chairman of the Nigerian Supporters Club.
Onuachu Still Proving A Point To Rohr
IF not for fate, Paul Onuachu would have missed the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho as he was initially listed on standby by Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr for the two games. But for the withdrawal of Moses Simon due to the Covid-19 travel ban imposed by some European countries, Onuachu may not have had the chance to prove his worth despite his goal-scoring form with Genk in the Belgian League.
The lanky striker rescued the maximum point for Nigeria against Benin before scoring another goal against Lesotho at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on Tuesday. He has proved to be a worthy replacement and has shown Rohr that he’s capable of rescuing the team at difficult times.
Ndidi As Eagles No 1 Midfield Maestro
Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi handled the Super Eagles midfield with so much composure and total confidence as he prevented the Lesotho players from making any serious incursion. Holding the midfield alongside Oghenekharo Etebo, the former Nath Boys academy was absolutely too strong for Lesotho and will definitely be key to Super Eagles’ ambition at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Super Eagles yet to concede in 2021
Good teams are known by how well they can actually keep clean sheets both home and away from home. For the Super Eagles, they have been able to show that they can keep a clean sheet after failing to concede against Benin and Lesotho respectively.
Perhaps, the inspiration to shore things up at the back might have come after the team conceded four goals at home against Sierra Leone after going four goals up in 30 mins of the first half in one of the AFCON qualifiers last year. The return leg finished goalless.
The defensive pair of Leon Balogun and William Troost-Ekong have shown greater understanding in the team. In 2021, the team is yet to concede a goal, a good omen for the Super Eagles most especially, when the tournament kicks off in Cameroon.
After AFCON Qualification, What Next?
With the 2021 AFCON qualifiers over with the Super Eagles maintaining an unbeaten record in Group L, there are lots of expectations for the team to win the fourth AFCON trophy for Nigeria. With the array of talents at Rohr’s disposal, they may be regarded as one of the teams to win the trophy.
It is not enough to qualify for the 2021 AFCON but the main deal is to go there and win the trophy. This is Rohr’s best chance to restore the glory days of the senior national team.
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This “MECHANIC” coach is doing wonders with his apprentices….
Qualifiers that use to require fasting and prayer in those days is fast becoming “INTERHOUSE SPORT” competition under ROHR… No wonder our aficionados call him PE TEACHER… LOL.
Anyway, the afcon trophy is ours… We need not bargain… It’s done and dusted…. Only real SE fan can see it….
Apart from SENEGAL/ALGERIA, the rest african teams are kak not even IVORY COAST or GHANA…
With all things being equal, barring any loss of form or injury; we must reach that final and beat Cameroun(yes cameroun with reason) in their backyard and inflict the same pains and injury they inflicted on us 21 years ago…
Anything short of this mandate is unacceptable.
Let’s just relax and support the team, staffs and the MECHANIC/BELMADI BOY….LOL.
Hahahaha… Rohr honestly has turned qualifying into inter house sport. Every qualifying game now looks so ordinary. Rohr must be a magician mechanic. Lolzz
For me, Senegal has the best group of African players in Europe right now, and so has the strongest national team. There’s quality everywhere in that team, Nigeria does not even come close. After Senegal then it’s Algeria, us, and Morrocco; if we are being objective.
No objective bookie or pundit has us as favorites to win the nation’s cup. I expect us to reach the Semis; anything after that I consider a bonus.
I had to go dig out the clubs Senegalese players play for and i must tell you aside Mane (Liverpool), Koulibally (Napoli) and Gueye (PSG), all the other dudes play for just some regular clubs. I think the one thing that is a major advantage though is togetherness and maturity (most of their guys are at their peak just like it was with the golden generation of Didier Drogba’s Cote d’ivoire back then and the 1993-2000 Super Eagles team).
Well for Nigeria only Victor Osimhen plays at that level; i.e at the level of a club expecting to win things at the end of the season. This means you actually made my point.
Hahahahaha…indeed “..The worst SE coach and worst SE team ever…” according to that bag of rice with 2 legs (Yakubu) has turned qualification to inter-house sports….LMAO. They say its a weak group….LMAO. Nor be Swaziland and Tanzania Africa Guadiola struggle to beat during in time…?? No be Guinea, Madagascar and Ethiopia combination of Eguaoven and Siasia nor fit overcome even till the last seconds of the last match of the 2012 series…LMAO. Na 3rd place we finish for group when SA, Congo brazaville and Sudan dey our 2015 qualification group o. LMAO. For their eyes now our group weak…thanks to this mechanic of a coach. If na before na Python script we go use dey compute who must lose and who much draw for the group make we for fit follow backyard scrape tru. Na that time NFF go come dey promise $10k for every goal scored and $50k per player if the team qualifies…..LMAO. They even say its all down to sheer determination of the players….LMAO. Determination no dey Nigeria market between 2012 and 2017 nde…??? LMAO. Na only when Rohr take over naim determination full every market for Nigeria including Onitsha main market and Shoprite for Abuja…..LMAO
They say belmadi’s boy no win any match in a whole year for 2020…how about belmaid’s boy don win all in matches for 2021….?? LMAO
Don’t bring Siasia into your bullshit, he’s one of the best better than Imama and your Landan Bosso.
Go and hang yourself now that I’ve brought him into it. 2 opportunities….2 failures….mLMAO. SE is not U- category where 35yr olds who are already at their peaks can masquerade as U-20 players….LMAO.
The excuse used to be that Eguavoen lost the 1st match…..but this PE teacher showed that you can lose your first match and still qualify with games to spare…..LMAO.
Once again go and commit suicide because I spoke the truth. LMAO
You’re entitled to your opinion but he remains one of the best and i will appreciate you go and search for his achievements same way you have tried to look for pull down facts just to bring him down.
A lot of us will not forget what he has done for the country even in the face of an evil football administrator that doesn’t respect their own color.
_Are the glory days really coming back?_
Isn’t it fascinating what winning football matches can do to the team, fans and all stakeholders linked to the team? Going into the March Afcon qualifiers, a section of Super Eagles fans were apprehensive of what to expect. Wounds of the back to back draws against Sierra Leone last year had left terrible scars.
Qualification for the Afcon itself was a near forgone conclusion leading up to the game against Benin. And with Lesotho playing out a draw against Sierra Leone just before that encounter, Nigeria had in effect qualified for the 2021 Afcon in Cameroon with the now customary 2-games to spare.
This will be a hattrick of tournament qualifications with games to spare for Nigeria under one coach, something that is unprecedented in the football history of the West African country.
With qualification cut and dried, the next thing was to see how the Super Eagles would perform on the field of play against Benin and Lesotho and fans were not disappointed.
Firstly, Benin were blown away with a sucker punch at the worst possible minute at their own backyard with Lesotho soundly lashed in Lagos 3 days later.
Six points in the bag with swashbuckling performances and an unexpected goal scorer in Paul Onuachu. Super Eagles fans are now in dreamland. That cloud of dispair has now given way to reveal the bright sunshine of warmth and satisfaction with the feel-good factor coming back and everyone dreaming again of glory days returning to Nigerian football.
Go to Cameroon to lift the Afcon trophy ; qualify for the World Cup and reach the quarter finals at least – then the Rohr folklore will be complete and all his critics (including myself) would finally have nowhere else to hide.
But can this team do it? Can they fulfil their potentials under this coach? Are fans just being unnecessarily carried away after two inconsequential victories against two whipping boys of African football (with due respect to Benin)?
When Rohr took over, Nigeria was punching way below its weight in international football. Failing to qualify for back to back Afcons in groups consisting of the same sort of teams that Rohr simply brushes aside these days (without breaking much sweat) brought a stain to the country’s football at that time.
Reputable coaches were not just only reluctant to work for the NFF as an employer but also avoided the Super Eagles (as a brand) like a plague.
But Rohr accepted the challenge and restored the country back to its traditional standings in world football. Nigeria is well and truly back punching her weight.
What I will now like to see is Nigeria punching above her weight.
Defeating Ukraine and Brazil in 2019, overcoming Algeria in the Afcon semi-final and defeating Argentina at the 2018 World Cup would have given rise to and subsequently cemented Rohr’s Super Eagles’ reputation as Giant-killers.
But it was not to be on each occasion.
Now, Nigeria needs to start punching above its weight. And the Super Eagles can do it. The vast majority of the current players are supremely technically gifted with experience playing at the highest levels of football.
In Gernot Rohr, they have a pragmatic coach who now has no excuse for not learning from experience of his several Super Eagles painful near-misses.
The coming months are going to be interesting. Whilst not diminishing the accomplishments of recent matches, the true tests will come against far superior oppositions.
That is when Rohr and his boys will have to prove their mettle, resolve and giant-killing credentials.
Welcome back from your sabbatical, Deo 🙂
@deo… Your reads are always an anthem, almost impossible to not read it twice eachtime… “Super Eagles need to suit up to start punching above their weight”… Can’t be put better… We know the familiar already. Let’s see how we begin to deal with the unfamiliar, again… While Ndidi remains the most improved Super Eagles player of the current crop… he will needs a worthy backup or deputy. If he gets injured at any time… We are in shit because then, we will know have not really prepared a good replacement in-wait…
He tired-out for fatigue in Afcon 2019 and it was
evident against Algeria… He needs help every now and then to stay at his optimum! One love…
Let us look at what is working for Rohr
1. He is not a their like many Nigerian coaches
2. He brought in organization to the team. He has stuck with a set of players since he started. He only tries to bring one or two fresh legs. This has brought in some levels of bonding and understanding. Any coach that can come to Nigeria and bring in organization, then the coach can succeed. Westerhof used the same strategy.
3. The players trust him. Even when they are not playing, they trust him. Even when they are not called, they trust him. He calls them to talk to them when they are not invited. He asks about their welfare. So they are ready to play for him. When a student is ready to pass exam because of a teacher, then the teacher should relax and go to sleep.
4. The guy has a vision. He knows what he wants and he is playing the game according to his vision. Remember how they couldn’t take him off with the contract issue. His target is to make get every Nigerian eligible to play for us play for us. It’s working for him. If it’s working for him , why would he stop? Only a foolish person stops what is working.
5. He is not money conscious but glory conscious. He is not like late keshi or others. He wants to use Nigeria to set himself in the big stage or to create a record as a coach. It’s working out like that.
Though I would love rohr to be more brave with his selection ( he tried to do something like that in the last two matches) he pressed for goals in an away and an inconsequential match!
Very well put, CMN.
Crazy nobody showing love for Uzoho, but Okoye plays and everybody wants to praise him. I thought he did splendid.
UZOHO WAS BARELY TESTED THROUGHOUT THAT GAME…….I CAN ONLY RECALL HIM MAKING 2 SAVES IN THE WHOLE MATCH….HE’S FIRST SAVE FROM THE FREEKICK WAS GOOD BUT HE ALMOST DASHED THE LESOTHO PLAYER AN EASY REBOUND BY PUNCHING THE BALL DIRECTLY INTO THE THE PLAYERS.. THANK GOD IT WAS RULED OFFSIDE
@ Deo, gbayi.This is the kind of analysis cum criticism that we crave for not the wishy washy that comes from some people.I agree with you, to achieve the aforesaid we must keep improving and remain consistent.
Great one there my brother.
Thanks for the feedback Emmanuel. Much appreciated.
Ndidi seems to play better alongside Etebo.
Etebo does a lot of hard work in the midfield, and thus lightens the load for Ndidi.
Rohr’s preference for Aribo is easy to understand. When Aribo is in form, he is a forceful presence in the midfield. Energetic, covers a lot of ground, and is a serious goal threat. Plus he is tall. Height in the midfield is an advantage.
For the fans, it’s great to know that we have good midfielders in Ndidi, Aribo and Etebo. A fourth in Iwobi, if Rohr choose to deploy him in the middle. Shehu is a good deputy for Ndidi. And then there is Ejaria, who will further strengthen our midfield options. Also, young talents like Tosin Kehinde and a few others should be closely monitored. With all these talents, we should not be having midfield issues.
Well said Uncle Pompei. Great piece as always. This team does have the potential to go places. World Cup qualifiers, here we come!
Big congrat to my dear super eagles and the entire crew. rohr have finally delivered our long expectations. The team was brave in benin, just like they where in serrie leone though the ref stole us that sl victory.
Go there and simply win benin even if its 1 0 and rohr answered my call and they did, they did even without iwobi, it shows that they are fully awoken, to my supprise its my basketball friend that gave us two of the goals, i appreciate you (onuachu) even if i am not your big fan, you did well at list morethan the selfaclaim seniorman,
i wasnt impressed with iheanacho he should do more for himself if he want to be starting big games,
Osihmen is always reliable in the attack, the last time i had strong confidence in a supereagles top 9 was with aghahuwa, thanks to osihmen for bringing back that confidence he is indeed the new rashidi,
Onyekuru fall my hand, though had some couple of chances but he didnt do much to expect another call, i honestly expected more from him and senior man,
Aribo (good player) but to me he is not a good midfielder, i know some of us are been sentimental about him becos the guy can score goals, but he lacks creativity and can not give long passes, not aventorus, and just been too timid is not enough it doesnt shows class, enough of the excuse of africa oppornents,
I will personaly place aribo behind osihmen in the attack he will do better than senior man upfront, his coach gerrerd already sees what i see and aribo have been playing as either a winger or supporting striker and it works, resulting to many goals from him.
Iwobi etebo and ndidi remains our best midfield combo, etebo works better when ndidi covers him. for now they seems to understand each other morethan the rest. the coach should include experienced ramon azeez and azubuike to have more assurance incases of injuries.
The reason why rohr drew serrieleone is bcos of apkos,( i pointed that error even before that match)
God wanted him to learn ahead of time, dont distabalise your team bcos you want to please a new player when you have 4 rightfull players ahead of him in that wing(shehu ebuehi aina awaziem) we failed just bcos of that unfair judgement thats the power of nature, i hope he doesnt come up with such alien idea anymore.
Ebueyi is superb he really made my day, balogun should be titled general balogun, his absent have cost us alot, thank God he is back, the oyinbo wall is back again.
Iwobi is the long awaited jayjay the earlier we accept it, non of the coming midfielders olise ejiara etc can replace iwobi, he is full of creativities and strenght reminds me alot of his uncle, they dont want to give him number ten jearsey becos of hate and jealousy, they should give him that jearsy it belongs to him, aribo should wear 20, if not iwobi should go for number 100. Lol
Finally nff should carry their iwuala wahala go. Its simply insulting to be trying players with a national team, it doesnt give the right image, imagine a country that have olayinka, dennis, jabaar, marcus, tosin kehinde, ejuke, etc is forcing iwuala into the team trying to teach him how to play with national team, i love the npfl players but not to bring them in a wing we have toomuch stars, it doesnt make sense, if they can give us another ndidi from the npfl i will be greatfull but if not they should park their box and stop disrespeting stars for crabs, shoe get size, the guy should go ti u 23 camp.
go to cameroun and simply win the cup even if na penalty decide am no lele. I wish the team all the lucks we need.
Aina ekong balogun zaidu
@ Collins I used to appreciate your contributions even your castigation and sometimes harsh and unnecessary criticisms general most times even if I don’t agree with you but I like the criticisms because they are open-minded and sometimes very very devoid of hatred but recently from the Sierra leonean matches till this time I’m beginning to observe that you started watching football matches from the back of your TV. if you have a problem with kelechi Iheanacho then I think you should sort it out because from where most of us stand in the both matches he will easily come out named in our top three preforming players in the both matches let me put it to your remembrance that he actually got two assists against Lesotho one was allowed the first one was called for offside the guy was unselfish he drops back deep into the midfield… we weren’t playing A 3-5-2 we were playing a 4-5-1 which means he was playing the 10 role not a supporting striker role because Iwobi/ Onyekuru on the wings so I’m tired and confused about how your criticism of his performance went…
Make u a dey softly softly for this forum dey mislead people
My brother u don’t like kelechi more than I do. His performance was good as you said’ but he didn’t leave up to my expectations. I repeat my own expectations I expect iheanacho to score goals against lesotho Serrie leon and benin he didn’t. Considering his u17 qualities I expected iheanacho to be competing with the likes marez salah mane by now but couldn’t, it’s paining me that iheanacho is becoming a normal average player that is why I am not happy. If he cannot score against lesotho in home where is the senior man
Now I understand one love brotherman
Breaking news, what a terible one. Fifa ban nigeria for one year for futuring iwobi in lesotho games after tested positive of covid 19 virus in less than 14 days, it would have been less but they also include the fans breaking the distance (2meter safty rules) not been observed.
So painfull, no afcon no wcup. I am totally speachless. Abeg caf help us naaaaaaa.
April foooooooooooolishness. Hahaha, i guess i cought some of you guys.
It shall always be well for naija.
Damn bro that one was harsh….I almost felt a sharp pain in my heart lol.. Nice one.
Collins id, you wan kill person with this April fool something? My mind don fly. I’m still hyperventilating 🙂 🙂 🙂
Bro, u got me there… I felt instantly depressed…. Thank God it’s a bloody joke…. Lolz
Oga @Collin Id u want kill pesin???
Pls and pls don’t ever try this at home, school or anywhere…
Do u know i almost open another tab to make some research???
Infact my body started shivering….
Oga Collin abeg use another thing and do us “april fool” biko don’t use this one again pls…
Thankiu & hapi new month…..
For me, Iwuala should be a talking point. For him to impress so much in so little time is really exciting. There are several things I like about his game –
No fear. low center of gravity. Very strong. Can ride tackles. Uses both feet. Pace. Dribbling skills. Close control.
He is not the finished article. He needs to work on –
Finishing. Decision making. Producing more assists by way of crosses into the box and final passes.
From what I’ve seen so far, he has tremendous potential. If he puts his head down and continues to work hard, I think we can safely say that Rohr has added another potent weapon to his already impressive arsenal.
He’s not good enough to replace Moses Simon, Samuel Kalu, Ademola Lookman, Emmanuel Bonaventure, and Ahmed Musa (the team captain who’s surely in the 23 if he gets a club soon). Guy the team too tight, no space anywhere.
If we’re honest, with all these guys still to come in, Chukwueze may be left out of the squad if he does not improve by adding end-product to his game. Oyibo no dey reason like Africans; nothing like pedigree for him as he’s still a young player. Kelechi was dropped in ’19 and no one said anything, it may happen again.
@Pompei… You be lord. Your eye the look well. Folks don’t know the daredevil player we have got in Anayo Iwuala… that guy is Pius Ndiefi version 4.0. Put him on the wing, midfield, and I am sure even attack that guy will cause magnitude 8.0 earthquake… God save Rohr’s low perception of NPFL that he never gave Iwuala full 90minutes… infact na God save Lesotho, one of their defenders atleast would have gotten cardiac arrest… shege mayu! Hahahaha…
How many earthquakes happened b4, during and after Enyimba got dumped out of CAF CL with Iwuala featuring conspicuously in the matches….??? LMAO. Continue deceiving yourself….LMAO.
I think if Rhor want to build a glory with Super Eagles in Afco final in Cameroon for winning this champiinship,he must do these things:- 1- must play orgnized and depth football espcially at defensive side, he must bring fierce and ferocious and combative defensive players like Nwankwo Obiora of Boavista, Godfry Oboabona of Batum Georgia, Victor of Verona Italy.Must play crossings ball from the wingers to a lanky Onuachu in order to score heading goals,play on set-pieces faults of rivals that Osihmen can score, play with deep from center forward by Alex Iwobi or Kelechi Iheanchu,these tactics lines which Eagles with them can crush any rival and with can win Afco in cameroon…
I think you’re telling the man to tear up everything he has been building in the last five (5) years and start again. It’s unlikely he’ll do that.
The problem with most people here is that we do not accept that white skin makes us respect and even worship mediocre . We have a coa h that have been with the super Eagles for five years or more yet our team does not have a playing pattern, what I see each time super Eagles plays any match, are a bunch of talented players using their experience and talents to move the ball around on the pitch. After five years with the super Eagles the coach ought to have turned the team into a gang by now and not what I saw against Lesotho a country that can only be compared to a state in Nigeria. In fact, the Lesotho team was more balanced Tactically than our team , we won because we have more talents and experience. NFF needs to urgently hire a tactician to help our coach for the remaining time of his contract otherwise our super Eagles may not progress. Finally, those of us that are always celebrating GR should remember that our coaches have better records than him and non of them had the luxury of staying with the team for this long. As for Siasia, he is a hero, he only inherited a team in the middle of a qualifier and the last time he was seconded to the team at the to play two or three matches. Check out his CV ,he never failed to qualify for any tournament given to him from the word go. To me SAMSON SIASIA is better than GR. He was fired because Guinea played a draw with his team in Nigeria but GR team lost to SA in Nigeria and he was allowed to continue S/L came recently go do worse than Guinea did under Siasia and no one called out GR. When are we going to stop heroworshipping Oyinbo? Colonial mentality.
@Frank… You are here now be active. Don’t post today and the next time will be two months time. We worship here brother… I like your comment but I bet you, you will get attacked for your views very soon… Wait and see bullsharks circle around you soon. Lol…
Hehehehhee….Tell lies you cannot defend and get bashed……LMAO….say the truth and back it up with facts and figures and see if anyone will ever be able to lift a finger against you…..LMAO.
Write that quote somewhere on the wall of your bedroom…..LMAO
Stop dishing out false claims….Siasia was fired for failing to qualify for AFCON….not for drawing at home to Guinea. Simple and short. If we had drawn but still qualified, he would have still been the coach. We were coasting home to AFCON leading Guinea 2-1, he removed a midfielder for another striker bcos he wanted to please fans with goals (tactical blunder) and got punished.
He was given another change again with Amuneke as his assistant after Oliseh ran away and still failed…..QED. Couldnt even defeat Egypt on home soil.
Rohr lost to SA but still qualified with a game to spare….Rohr drew S/L 2ce but still qualified with 2 games to spare. The results speak for themselves. if you cant qualify for Ordinary AFCON even if you took over the last match then you have no business being a SE coach. The fact that you were approached and you accepted means it was a possible assignment…if you failed to deliver there are no 2 names to it…YOU FAILED…..QED….if you like make your football pattern be like Da Viva Ankara pattern.
All the 31 matches Rohr has won so far are as a result “….a bunch of talented players using their experience and talents to move the ball around on the pitch…”??? Why didnt talented players use their experience and talents to move the ball around on the pitch too under Siasia back then…?? Ike Uche, Osaze Odemwingie, Obinna Nsofor, Mike Eneramo, Mikel Obi, Sani Kaita, Taye Taiwo, Chidi Odiah, Joseph Yobo, Enyeama, Aiyenugba etc…these ones must be untalented and inexperienced…..LMAO.
I am very sure when the team looses now it will no longer be as a result “….a bunch of talented players using their experience and talents to move the ball around on the pitch…” It will now the fault of the coach….LMAO. When we win, its always the players…when we lose its the coach.
Na pattern of play dey qualify team for AFCON…??? LMAO.
Dont come here to bore us with history we were part of.
Siasia – Nigeria ranked 35th in the world – Total matches – 9 – Win 33%, Draw 44%, Loss 22% – Left Nigeria in 44th
Rohr – Nigeria ranked 70th in the world – 1st 9 matches – Win 56%, Draw 33%, Loss 11%
Rohr – Total matches till date -55 – Win 56%, Draw 25%, Loss 18% – current ranking 36th in the world.
Cant you see Siasia is truly far better….LMAO
I’ll rather worship Oyinbo with 56% than worship mediocrity with 33%.
I take exceptions to your notion. What does race got to do with this!. A man is just being given the respect he is due diligently; it simply has nothing to do with ” colonial mentality ” whatever that means. This is not the 1960s! Rohr simply merit his praise. He earned it. Results says so.
The same Nigerians you claim are blinded by skin tone, were the same Nigerians who had no exceptions in throwing Berti Vogts and Bonfrere under the bus when they both failed. Not minding the latter’s success of the latter. Aren’t Vogts and Jo white?
The comparison of Rohr,Siasia,Keshi and the likes is quite unnecessary and would be a disservice to the Nigerians, since it took Rohr service to clean the mess left behind by this legends. Have you forgotten we failed to qualify back to back to the Afcon; even as defending champion!
Siasia wasn’t fired because he drew with Guinea; on the contrary,he was fired because he failed to qualify!
To state Gernot Rohr wasn’t called out after the Sierra Leone game is totally false. He was criticised. Heck! I don’t think there has been a coach has criticised has Rohr. He is always taking a bashing left,right and centre even when he is getting the results.
The reason he couldn’t be fired after the Sierra Leone game is because he was topping the group. Every good team do have a slip up once in while. Germany just lost yesterday to North Macedonia. At home!
Rohr has no pattern? Seriously!..Lesotho had only one pattern. Same as Benin. To pack the bus. Wait for a counter. The oldest tactics in the play book. Everyone who saw both matches could see clearly what Rohr wanted to play. High energy, high pressing game with a 4-4-2. Which gave him results.
Nigerians are proud people. We know what we want . We know what we need. We respect hardwork and we respect success. No matter who it comes from. It is not Nigerians fault,past precedent has shown how our fellow Nigerian coaches can’t manage what they are given. So if it takes white man to steer that ship and steer it right,why not!
You might not like this. It is ok. You like who you like. You respect who you want.
But legacy isn’t built in a day. It is built over time. Rohr deserves his praise. It is his moment. And this has nothing to do with skin tone but everything to do with merit.
The mentality of a man tells one who he is.
Self awareness leads to self improvement.
I am surprised critics like Collins ID I’m not talking about the downward Spiral the performances of Samuel chuzzy seems to be taken he is one-dimensional so predictable and so selfish he doesn’t even pass to better positioned players I’ve noticed on several occasions when seniorman kels was in a better position to score chuzzy elected to fluff the chance… The home-based guy and other senior players are coming and trust Rhor to give him the Iheanacho treatment when he lost form before AFCON
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