While many would think the recent two-and-a-half-year contract given to Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr will see many back down from blasting the Franco-German tactician, that is not the case presently.
A former captain and two-time top-scorer at the African Cup of Nations tournament, Segun Odegbami insists Rohr is nowhere the world-class material the Nigeria national team deserves.
Rohr has been in charge of the Super Eagles since 2016; guiding the side to the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2019 AFCON.
Odegbami is bewildered that Nigeria with its long list of former world-class players is handing coaching jobs to average minds with no outstanding track records.
“I don’t think any white coach should come and coach us (Nigeria) anymore, not after the generation of Stephen Keshi, Sunday Oliseh, Jay Jay Okocha, who played at every level,” Odegbami told the Daily Trust.
“If they can get the basic qualification which is not essential in my own estimation, but people insist that they must have it, they are qualified.
“Finidi George and Emmanuel Amuneke have the qualifications Gernot Rohr does not have.”
As per his new contract, Rohr has been given the target of guiding the Super Eagles to win the 2021 Africa Nation’s Cup to be hosted by Cameroon.
He is also tasked with qualifying the three-time African champions to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar; an assignment Odegbami maintains only a Nigerian would be passionate about.
“A Nigerian should take Nigeria to the World Cup because a foreigner does not understand our football philosophy and psychology.
“My belief is that anyone who will coach the Super Eagles must be a world-class coach. Rohr can’t deliver that.
“He’s not a world-class coach that we are looking for without question.”
Rohr has been in football management for thirty years, but there is major silverware to show for all his previous stints