AFCON 2019: Super Eagles Need A More Vocal, Active Coach – Odegbami

Ronke Idowu  
Updated July 8, 2019


Former Green Eagles Captain, Segun Odegbami, has faulted the performance of Gernot Rohr as the Super Eagles coach, noting that he is ‘too relaxed’.

Odegbami disclosed this during an interview on Channels Television breakfast programme. He added that Nigerian players need someone who they can hear his voice encouraging and directing them while playing on the field.

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“If I was in charge of Nigeria football, Gernot Rohr would have been on his way home. I’m sorry that is a bit harsh, but you could see how he selected players, particularly in that match against Madagascar. We could have been out of this competition now, because of his selection of players for that match.

“See coaches like Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho, they are the 12th player. They are by the side of the field, they are directing their players. They are shouting on referees, they are doing things. That is the sort of thing Nigerian players need.

“Nigerian players don’t want somebody who will just sit quietly and not say a word. They won’t hear his voice. You won’t help them with difficulty.

“Our nature is to be loud, to be compelled and driven to the wall. Our nature is not to just relax,” he said.

Madagascar football team weeks ago defeated Super Eagles of Nigeria with a 2-0 win to clinch a place in the last 16.

The defeat discouraged many Nigerian football fans even as that was the first appearance of Madagascar football team in Africa Cup of Nations.

Lalaina Nomenjanahary gave Madagascar a 12th-minute lead after pouncing on ponderous defending, jolting a side ranked 63 places above them in the world.

The Super Eagles, however, bounced back on Sunday as they eliminated defending Africa Cup of Nations champions Cameroon after a thrilling 3-2 victory.