Why is Sports Minister Sunday Dare being coy about his intentions regarding Rohr?
The fallout from recent lukewarm performances of the Super Eagles continues as Sports Minister Sunday Dare called out the suitability and competency of Gernot Rohr as the coach of the national team in a tweet following yet another draw away to Sierra Leone this week - Nigeria's 3rd draw in as many matches. The Sports Minister in his tweet promised that the 'needful' will be done. In making reference to Rohr's competency, the Minister was unequivocal. When it comes to what he will do about it, he was rather vague as 'needful' could mean just about anything. 'Needful' is being interpreted in some quarters to mean the German tactician's head will roll. But why would he do that afterall the team is still on course to qualify for the 2022 Afcon with a game to spare. The wound left by the manner in which the Super Eagles allowed a 4 goals lead against Sierra Leone at home go up in smoke has left terrible scars which will take some time to heal.
But heal it must as I believe we need to move on from it and see the bigger picture. Unless the Nigerian football authority has a world class coach ready to put up with their appallingly unpredictable working conditions, I think Rohr should be allowed at least to lead the nation to the 2022 Afcon. If he messes up that assignment, then we can talk of a sack.
But for now, let's take recent results as a painful reminder of the need for the Super Eagles to approach every minute of every match with the level of seriousness that the severity of our ambitions demand.
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