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Rohr: It was difficult to work… NFF interfered too much in players’ selection

Rohr: It was difficult to work… NFF interfered too much in players’ selection
December 16
13:33 2021

Gernot Rohr, former Super Eagles coach, says officials of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) were always interfering in his players selection for matches.

The Franco-German was dismissed on Sunday due to poor performances.

Amaju Pinnick, president of the NFF, had disclosed that Rohr was sacked as quick prevention “before disaster starts happening” to the team.

But speaking about his spell with the Eagles in a chat with ESPN on Thursday, Rohr said he had to stand his ground after NFF officials barraged him with “advice and opinions” on players selection.

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The Franco-German also said although he refused all the interferences, the situation made it difficult for him to work under such conditions.

“I know that all Nigerians are passionate about football, and everybody has his own favourite for this. And I understand that everybody wants to see their favourite players. What is true is that perhaps I didn’t follow the suggestions or the advice of the officials to invite certain players,” he said.

“That is possible because I wanted to do the choice with my technical staff and not with people from outside the team. I got a lot of suggestions, but I always wait. I understand that the officials want to do well — everybody wants to bring in his advice, his opinion — but in the end, it was too much, and it was difficult to work in these conditions.”

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Austin Eguavoen was thereafter appointed as the Super Eagles interim coach. He is on course to take the team to the AFCON billed for January 9, 2022.

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