It’s no longer news that three-time Nation’s Cup Winners and two-time second round qualifiers at the FIFA World Cup, The Super Eagles of Nigeria last Thursday, lost to Minnows Central African Republic in a Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying match played at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
However, what will continue to be news for a while is the fallouts and the responses that comes with it from stakeholders of the game.
In a discussion with veteran sports journalist, Godwin Enakhena, Top sports pundit and former chairman of Badminton Lagos Onome Obrute called for the powers that be to immediately let go of the Nigeria Super Eagles German handler, Genort Rohr.
Obrute was speaking on flagship morning sports show, Top Sports on Top Radio, transmitting on 90.9 FM. He described Rohr as an elementary coach, saying he wasn’t even fit to manage a junior secondary school football team.
When asked if Rohr should get another chance in the event that Nigeria wins against Central African Republic in Douala on Sunday, Obrute answered with an emphatic “No” adding that “He should also be fired!”.
He went further, citing reasons why Nigeria’s loss to the small African nation was unpardonable, pointing to the fact this was Nigeria’s first home defeat in a world cup qualifier in forty years.
It is important to note that Nigeria last lost a home qualifying match to Algeria in 1981 at the National Stadium, Surulere Lagos.
When asked if paying off the German will be a problem, Obrute said “not at all” adding that “the newly gotten sponsors of the Nigeria Football Federation were rich enough to pay all his outstanding entitlements and even pay him ahead for a year”.
Summing up, he likened the German coach to a sheep leading lions, one that will continually give undesirable results if not let go.