Joseph Yobo Has Not Called Me - Super Eagles Coach Reveals
Gernot Rohr and Joseph Yobo
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Joseph Yobo Has Not Called Me - Super Eagles Coach Reveals

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

In what is a clear hint of discord between the manager and his new assistant, Gernot Rohr has said that the man appointed by the NFF to work with him is yet to call him.

The Super Eagles head coach, Rohr, has revealed that Joseph Yobo is yet to put a call through to him three weeks after he was made the new assistant coach of Nigeria's senior national team.

The former Super Eagles captain was named as one of Rohr's assistants on February 12, 2019, replacing Imama Amapakabo who had been holding that role previously.

But since the surprise appointment which wasn't rubber-stamped by Rohr, the former Everton man has failed to reach out to his boss, according to an interview by the German tactician.

"Joseph Yobo has not called me. I don’t have his number. I expect to meet him when I return to Nigeria next week, to prepare for the AFCON qualifier against Sierra Leone," Rohr told journalist, Osasu Obayiuwana.

"When I meet him, I will give him traditional missions normally assigned to an assistant coach.

"Amapakabo did the real work of a coach on the pitch."

It is widely speculated that Rohr wasn't happy with the change in his backroom staff, as the NFF acted within their powers to appoint Yobo who reportedly has no coaching badge.

But when asked about the situation between himself, the NFF and Yobo not being okay, the former Bayern Munich defender said: "You can say it. But I cannot. Under the terms of my contract, the Nigerian Federation have the right to do what they have done."

The former Gabon handler's current contract with Nigeria expires in June and the 65-year-old has revealed that there is no new offer on the table contrary to what is out there in the local press.

"I will meet with Amaju Pinnick next week, before our camping and we shall see. Meanwhile, I will keep doing my job," the former Bayern Munich defender stated.

"We hope that things will be better in the future. We shall see what happens with the Super Eagles."

The Super Eagles will host Sierra Leone in three weeks in an Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier match in Asaba before travelling to Sierra Leone four days later for the return leg.

The Super Eagles are on a 5-game unbeaten run since losing to eventual champions, Algeria, in the semifinal of the AFCON in July 2019.

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