Rohr can’t get the best out of Super Eagles players – Chris Green

The ex-administrator has expressed his displeasure with the performances of the national team under the German tactician

Former chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation’s technical and development committee, Chris Green, believes Gernot Rohr does not have the technical know-how to get the best out of the Super Eagles players.

The German tactician has been in charge of the three-time African champions since 2016 and in his first assignment, he guided the side to the 2018 World Cup in Russia with ease.

The Super Eagles, however, failed to live up to expectations at the global tournament, as they were eliminated at the group stage.

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Rohr then led the West African giants to a third-place finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Green, however, believes the 67-year-old does not have the knowledge to guide the Super Eagles to success at the world stage.

“We are far from where we are supposed to be, and average in the sense that with fantastic and talented players we are not getting the best out of these players technical-wise,” Green told Punch.

“First and foremost, I do not know his philosophy, the technical prowess he could exhibit in a game when faced with very stiff opposition.

“Ordinarily, with the kind of players we have, we should be a hard nut to crack when it comes to playing in Africa and globally.

“We got our worst result at the World Cup during his time and we couldn’t get to the second stage. With due respect to the Argentines, we had a lame Argentine team to beat because they were there for the taking, but of course, technically we lost it.

“We came to the Africa Cup of Nations and we also saw it coming when Madagascar beat us but we struggled to get to the semi-final but we also lost it again because of lack of technical depth in our team.

“I am not saying Rohr is not a coach but he doesn’t have that thing that will make us world-beaters.

“Our players are world-beaters and they can play in any team in the world but unfortunately coming to Nigeria and playing as a team under a coach who I think will not be able to get the best out of them because he doesn’t really know how to get the best out of them and that’s why our results are limited.”

Rohr is on the verge of guiding the Nigeria national team to the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon as they currently lead Group L with eight points from four games.

A victory over either the Republic of Benin or Lesotho in March will seal Nigeria’s place at the continental tournament.


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