By Francis Ajuonuma, with agency report
Ex-international, Julius Aghahowa has said that it was a blunder to have appointed Gernot Rohr as Super Eagles head coach, as he lacks the technical know-how for the job
Rohr, who has been in charge of the Super Eagles top job since 2016 has come under heavy criticism in recent times over the Super Eagles run of poor form in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with many calling for his sack despite still guiding the three-time African champions into the final playoff for the world cup to be decided in March 2022.
Aghahowa, who spoke while reacting to the Super Eagles performance in their last home 2022 world cup qualifying match against Blue Sharks of Cape Verde which ended 1-1 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, noted that Rohr lack the quality to get the best out of the present crop of players in the Eagles.
He noted that some of the players Rohr has often invited to the Super Eagles are not good enough to be in the team, pointing out the team lack a playmaker to dictate the game for the team.
“If you talk of the players, the talents are there, the players have the capabilities but we are not having the coach to bring out the best in these players. And, honestly, I feel Rohr’s choice as Eagles coach was wrong, said the former FC Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine player.
“I saw a couple of players that were not supposed to be in that team that day.
“We don’t have a playmaker. I think somebody was wearing playmaker’s number, 10, but when you saw the play he could not carry the ball, to drive with the ball, and go and meet your opponents before releasing the pass.
“You are giving a pass when there is no one marking you so how do we progress from this pattern of football that we are playing. I don’t think that we can move forward like this,” he added.
Joe Aribo has always played with the number 10 on the back of his jersey since making his international debut in a friendly against Ukraine back in September 2019 but is often deployed as a defensive-minded midfielder.