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Why Super Eagles coach Gernort Rohr should live in Nigeria – Etim Esin

Former Super Eagles player, Etim Esin has advised the Nigeria Football Federation to compel Genort Rohr to work and live in Nigeria to enable him handle the national team well.

According to Etim Esin, the inability of the tactician to watch the local league to fish out talented players has led to the decline in football grassroots development in the country.

Esin stated that the preference of foreign-based players by Rohr reflected the fact that the tactician is not ready to harness the potentials of the home-based footballers unlike Clement Westerhoff.

“If the NFF wants Rohr to develop Nigerian football for the future, I don’t have any issues with it, but the federation must make him work and live in Nigeria.

“He needs to be in the country to source for domestic talents after failing at the World Cup. Westerhof discovered players like Finidi George, Daniel Amokachi, Sunday Oliseh and others during his days in the national team. We still have abundant talents across the country like this ex stars waiting to be discovered and groomed by an experienced tactician”.

“The politics in Nigerian football is killing the development of the game. I see no reason why Rohr would still be pampered after having the worst result ever for Nigeria in the World Cup. Late Stephen Keshi was still building a team before going to the World Cup and qualified for the second round of the championship, equaling records set by other past Super Eagles coaches”.

“Rohr focused on Nigerian players born in Europe en route to the 2018 World Cup and failed to move beyond the group stage. He said he is growing a new and young team that was the reason for the Eagles poor outing in Russia, but late Keshi was also building a team when he took the Eagles to the round of 16 at the World Cup”.

“It is high time we faced reality in this country, things have to be done right. If the NFF is not ready to work with domestic coaches again, they should employ a reliable coach, who is ready to go round the country watch the league, grassroots games and discover players”.

“If Rohr is working for the future, he must follow these rules. We have gifted players in Nigeria. The reliance on Nigerians born overseas did not work for him”.

Why Super Eagles coach Gernort Rohr should live in Nigeria - Etim Esin

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