Former Super eagle’s player Etim Esin, have advised the NFF to compel Super eagles coach Genort Rohr to work and live in Nigeria, if he desires to handle the national team.
Esin added that the inability of the tactician to watch the local league, and fish out talented players since taking on the coaching role have 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.
Esin concluded that the Nigerian football were continue to decline in development, if there is no favorable platform for both local and foreign based players to compete for positions in the team. He also urged the NFF to provide quality and standard facilities which can help improve the quality of the leagues, footballer and football in the country.
“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”.