Gernot Rohr
Gernot Rohr

Rohr Denies Rating Ovie Ejiara Over Ebere Eze

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr, has refuted claims of him saying he prefers the NFF to go after Reading's Ovie Ejiara instead of QPR's Ebere Eze.

In a report by ‘The Punch’, the German tactician was quoted to have said Liverpool's Ovie who is on loan at Championship side, Reading, is a better option for his team than Ebere who the NFF president visited last month.

Both youngsters are members of England’s U-21 squad but are eligible to represent Nigeria through their parents.

While the chase to get Ebere to play for his fatherland has been done publicly, not much has been said as regards Ovie who turned 22 last month.

"My attention has been drawn to some statements online that I have described Reading FC player Ovie Ejaria as a better player than Queens Park Rangers' Ebere Eze and so the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) should get him in the team immediately," a statement by Rohr read.

"This is totally false and very disrespectful to both players. I never compare players, and I have not asked the NFF to make any approach for the player in question."

"I will never ask the NFF publicly to approach any player for our team. We have our processes, and it certainly doesn’t include sharing such information publicly.

"Furthermore I think there must be restraint in press statements purportedly quoting me and my person in terms of interviews.

"I share a very good relationship with the media in Nigeria, but this must not be abused to the extent of misquoting me and making wrong claims about my person."

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