The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has expressed his reservation about the suitability of Gernot Rohr to remain as the Super Eagles coach, the sportsbay.com reports.
He has also insisted that only a win in Freetown will be acceptable to Nigerians when the three-time African champions take on their Sierra Leonean counterparts in the reverse Group L fixture of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Tuesday.
Dare who was physically present at the game in Benin City expressed shock and disappointment at the team’s unprecedented meltdown and demanded a response in Freetown tomorrow.
“Nigerians have expressed a collective disappointment with the collapse of the team especially in the second half, giving up a 4-0 lead to a team that is ranked 88 times below our biggest football brand, the Super Eagles.
“I have expressed my disappointment with the result to the team and the Nigeria Football Federation. Like most Nigerians, only a convincing win in Freetown can assuage our feelings and bruised egos. Only a win will be acceptable in Freetown,” observed Dare who deferred comments on the suitability or otherwise of Mr Gernot Rohr as manager of the team.
“The task at the moment is to get the team firmly back on track towards picking one of the group’s two tickets on offer for the 2022 AFCON. A win in Freetown will seal Nigeria’s 19th participation in the African mundial.
“After this, we can now debate Mr Rohr’s suitability as we seek to return Nigeria to the pedestal of African football and one of the beautiful game’s powerhouses in world football.
“We will reappraise Mr Rohr’s performance since he was named as Super Eagles manager and see if he is the right man to fulfil our expectations,” said Dare at the weekend.
The Sports Minister said he is not unaware of the role the domestic league can play in actualising a Super Eagles of our dreams.
“The success of our endeavours in football can only be measured by the success of the domestic league. A thriving, professionally run domestic league in all cadres will impact positively on our national teams.
“That’s why I demanded a full implementation of FIFA and CAF club licensing regulations before the start of the new NPFL Season. This will bring us closer to making our leagues viable for investors and restore the confidence of all stakeholders.”