FORMER INTERNATIONALS URGE ROHR TO BEGIN PREPARATIONS FOR AFCON QUALIFIERS

FORMER INTERNATIONALS URGE ROHR TO BEGIN PREPARATIONS FOR AFCON QUALIFIERS

BY BOLAJI OKUNOLA.

 

With excuses from Gernot Rohr on of having the youngest squad and the referee of the match with Argentina not awarding a second penalty kick to Nigeria flying around, some former Nigeria internationals have cautioned the coach to forget the past and plan for the future.

They have pointed out that crying over spilled milk will not help matters, rather, he should brace up for the next challenges – the qualifying series for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. Nigeria in Group E are already a game down having lost the opening match at home, 0-2 to South Africa.

Peter Rufai, the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations-winning goalkeeper has asked Rohr to begin his game plans for the qualifying matches which will come in quick succession from September to November before a long break till next year.

“I won’t blame the coach for our early exit from the World Cup. I knew it from the unset it will be difficult for us to go beyond the group stage after being pitched alongside Croatia, Iceland and Argentina.

Daniel Amokachi, another member of the Class of 1998 of the Super Eagles remarked that the outing at Russia 2018 was a disaster that waited to happen as the team had not fared very well in most matches since picking qualification last November.

“The expectation of great performance was not just there”.  According to Amokachi, Rohr needs to come up with game plan that should see the Super Eagles beat Seychelles silly. “That is the only way he can regain people’s esteem”.

Benedict Akwegbu who played in the 1989 U-16 World Cup and later graduated to the Super Eagles still believes that the best has not come from Gernot Rohr.

“I see the boys winning Seychelles. They are aware the fans are not happy with them and I am sure they are getting ready to amend their ways”.

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