Former board member of the Nigeria Football Federation, John Fashanu, isn't overly impressed with the work Gernot Rohr has done in his three years as Super Eagles head coach.
In a chat with ‘Completesports’ at the launch of 60 goals Soccer Stars Project in Abuja, the former England international expressed his displeasure with the German's tenure.
According to Fashanu, Rohr has not achieved anything significant nor has he excited him and most Nigerians since he assumed work as Nigeria’s senior soccer team coach.
“I think Rohr has underachieved as the coach of Super Eagles," the former Wimbledon FC of England striker stated.
"What has he achieved, what has he won? That team is certainly not good enough to dominate African Football. We still have a lot of work to do to be the best in Africa. For now, we don’t have a team yet.
“At the moment, this is one of the lowest times I have seen of the Super Eagles. I am sorry to say that, but I am not excited about the team now and I feel the coach is not doing enough with domestic players. Rohr should stay in Nigeria and develop our league players.”
In a recent interview with the press at an NPFL game between MFM and Warri Wolves at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Rohr posited that the reason he doesn't infuse a lot of home-based players in his team is that they are not better than those playing for top clubs in Europe.
But Fashanu believes it is the job of the German tactician to develop the players in the country.
“lt amazes me anytime I hear Rohr saying that Nigerian league players are not good enough to play for Super Eagles. It is a shame that he could say that of a team that won the AFCON in 2013 with about nine home-based players. A local boy [Sunday] Mba even scored the lone goal that won us the cup,” Fashanu stated.
“Rohr should work on our domestic players and stop complaining. Part of his resume I guess must include developing local talents and coaches. He should emulate what late Stephen Keshi did with domestic league players before going ahead to win the AFCON in South Africa in 2013. I urge the NFF to caution him about his utterances and get him to work on home-based players.
“He should take charge of the home-based Eagles and groom them for the main team. It’s a shame that we could not qualify for CHAN and WAFU, competitions meant for home-based African players. Rohr needs to step up his game."