Super Eagles Coach: Krstajic On The Radar As Clock Ticks For Rohr

By Daily Sports on November 29, 2021

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Head or tail the heat of to be or not to be for the senior national team’s topmost and coveted head coach job is on unabated notwithstanding the pretences from NFF bigwigs and Sports Ministry.

Gernot Rohr is underperforming and has taken the Super Eagles team many steps backwards which recovery would take a top and first grade technical hand to repair and bring back the team to and as one of the first rate national teams in the continent position the side occupied until this lower rated and flying hand was hired by hook and crook by Amaju Pinnick and gang.

The man currently on the hot seat is Gernot Rohr a Franco-German. He has served out his first tenure and presently on the second before it finally dawned on those that have been pushing and covering his weak tracks that his effectiveness and competency of the job has been suspect where he again gave him out in 2022 World Cup qualifier match against Cape Verde at the Teslim Balogun Stadium Lagos penultimate week.

For the records, this is not and must not be seen or interpreted as exhibiting sadism by this reporter. This columnist is not rejoicing over this gentleman who came to Nigeria and effectively turned the once flamboyant Super Eagles team into toy like national team where even minnows in African football have showed that after all the side is ordinary just living in past history and glory.

The last straw that broke the camel’s back was the World Cup qualification match in Lagos where Cape Verde  forced the homers to one all draw.

The hue and cry that greeted that unnecessary drawn game hit the high heaven like a thunder bolt. That has spread like wide harmattan fire as Pundits, commentators and even stakeholders cried blue murder, chorused “Gernot Rohr must go!” Everyone was in unionism and called for his head hence this current process of him being or not to be. It is on the front burner presently. And in jittery manner like Sunday Dare and NFF began a process which is the Nigerian way of doing thing and tactics to cool tension as there is visible anger across the country on Gernot Rohr’s report card since he took over the flagship team of Nigeria.

Let me say once again for yet another records that Nigeria is one country where her leaders can never be taken for their words. In short, it is no hidden fact that they have often spoken on drop of hat and therefore the tough talking by even Sunday Dare on this can readily be taken on pinch of salt until this lame duck head coach is eased out amicably.

Many have long adopted ‘Sidon dey look’ stance because of the lying tongues of these people. What about the unpredictability of Amaju Pinnick-led NFF to Sunday Dare’s. They cannot be held for their words because of the notorious image they acquired for themselves of late saying something in morning in the afternoon they deny such, which continues to leave much bitter/soured taste in the mouth presently.

However, Nigerians won’t be surprise to come to terms at the end of the day that all these Gernot Rohr must go would turn out to be hoax, fluke, day dream. A ploy to divert attention and cool already flared tempters of football fans across the country on the low performance of the Super Eagles supremo that has already became international embarrassment to Nigeria and Nigerians.

Note, however, that a country that shame meant nothing to cares no hoot.

There are lots of politics ongoing on Rohr’s stay or not to. High powered lobby team led by a certain and very influential former football bigwig administrator is already on all fronts to see how far he can salvage  his (Rohr’s) staying put in the team.

I don’t  have confidence in the present NFF leadership and Sports Minister but truth remains the momentum with which the Gernot Rohr must  go mantra is still being echoed loudly and clearly too may install some fears sort of on NFF and Sports Minister strictly on what the reaction of the teeming youths and fans would be.

I must still reemphasize that few of us that knew how Rohr emerged as head coach of the Super Eagles and his steady downward performance since he mounted the saddle never is surprising at all. Rohr was lorded on the technical committee against more qualified coaches that attended the then interview.

What is happening today as it concerns Rohr’s status was expected. He is lower quality coach. I don’t know how Amaju Pinnick, his cohorts and Sunday Dare will manage this very bad product now that the cat has been let out of the bag if you further like the hen being home to roost. His ineffectiveness has become unbearable and open. There is no longer hiding place for him and those that share with him his loot.

It is instructive to note that if reports making the rounds are anything to rely upon the search for his (Rohr’s) replacement is earnestly on, and trust; many names are already being thrown around, prominent amongst them is Malden Krstajic, a Serbia technical hand who led his team hugely to the last World Cup held in Russia.     

His name has refused to be dwarfed by others and also those behind his candidature are the movers and shakers of Nigerian football. Let me also further reveal that they are made up of both ex and sitting administrators.

Definitely, Nigeria is on the march again. Note that it is not about being on the road or field again in search for who would handle the Super Eagles but how diligent the people that would be saddled with such very sensitive national assignment would carry out their job without being compromised as such had been the practice anytime such exercise like this arises.

Nigerians have been beaten to it. One is not seeing the possibility of this being an exception. Nigerian football administrators have proved over the years to be predictable lot. It has also been riddled with corruption hence the repeated and avoidable mistakes these odd years.

If the Serbian tactician with his exposure as coach would be interested to take up the job of Super Eagles, he could do a good job of repositioning and turning the star studded team around for effective and efficient performance in major international football meets which is gradually eluding Super Eagles under the watch of Gernot Rohr.

Many names would be thrown up as days go by. This is not the first time this kind of rat -race will be taking place. Horse trading and other bargaining would be seen and honestly if it is done in more civilized and sane society well more qualified would be picked for the job strictly focal point being to bring back the once upon a time Nigerian senior national side whose ability and depth have not been in doubt  in the past into reckoning again.

Let us keep our fingers cross as the trend and politics of who handles the Eagles continues to play out. Expect yet another high tension football politics where the gladiators try to outwit one another. Where ever the pendulum would swing to time they said will tell and one prays that Nigeria would be the winner at last.

Join us in our ever trending social media handles on who becomes the next Super Eagles coach. Stay with Keep shooting hard till next week as the struggle continues!!!

Source Daily Sports

Posted November 29, 2021


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