Gernot Rohr, the head coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria has denied all reports that the camp was divided. The German coach made this disclosure when speaking to news men immediately after the Super Eagles landed in Russia for their sixth appearance the FIFA World Cup.
It had been reported that the players of the super eagles had been upset with the coach after he banned the consumption of goat meat and pepper soup in the camp. More importantly, it was reported that Ogenyi Onazi had a fight with Mikel Obi over the captain armband. It was gathered that Onazi, the Trabzonspor midfielder felt that he would make a better captain and challenged Obi. It was insinuated that the camp had thus been divided into two because of the rift.
Gernat Rohr discarded such reports and stressed that the players were united and focused on performing at the topmost level during the world cup. He explained that the squad captain was Mikel Obi and there were several vice-captains in the team.
“The truth is that we have several vice-captains, like Musa, Ekong, Balogun and Onazi. To be captain of the team, you have to be on the pitch which is not always the case for some of them, especially in friendly games where we have six substitutions in a match,” Rohr explained.
Rohr also explained that he has several vice-captains in his team and whoever deputises for Mikel Obi, must be on the pitch playing. “If Onazi starts a game in absence of Mikel, he is the captain. If not, that is naturally another one. The spirit is excellent and we need to focus on the World Cup. Not lies,” he concluded.
Also, Garba Lawal, a member of the technical committee of the NFF has blasted Gernot Rohr over the mismanagement of Standard Liege midfielder, Uche Agbo. Lawal also expressed his displeasure with Rohr, for not running his final list through the NFF Technical Committee, before making it public.
“Agbo was poorly managed by Rohr. You can’t call a player for two years constantly and not even give him few minutes to express himself. Not even in friendly games. That is sad and it’s a case of poor man management. I got to know about the World Cup 23 man list like every other Nigerian. Rohr didn’t run it through the Technical Committee as contained in his contract. This is not the first time he is doing so,” Lawal said.