Out of favour Super Eagles striker, Brown Ideye has given Nigerian head coach Gernot Rohr thumb up despite national team snubbed for three years under the German tactician.
The 31-year-old Aris Thessaloniki goal poacher has scored nine goals from 25 appearances for the Greek Super League in all competition this term.
Rohr’s contract ends in June 2020 with uncertainties over his time with the three-time African Champions but the former Burkina Faso coach is expected to sign a new contract with the Nigeria Football Federation.
Ideye who was a key member of the Super Eagles that won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations under late coach Stephen Keshi praise the current team and hailed Rohr in an interview with Smooth FM monitored by Allnigeriasoccer.
“Gernot Rohr is doing a very good job. They (current Super Eagles) have a very young team and when you have that kind of young team they will be strong.
“The boys have a bond (with the coach) and I pray they win trophies because that’s the high-point of playing football,” Ideye added.
Ideye who was once a player in the Nigeria Professional Football League side Ocean Boys FC also spoke on why Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) players do not always play well abroad when they leave the shores of Nigeria.
“I do follow the NPFL but I don’t like the change of the pitches from natural to artificial ones.
“I know that’s what they have, can afford but that is why players leave the league back home and get to Europe and not all of them do well because the artificial stadiums end them giving you all sorts of injuries like back, knee or joint pains.
“That’s why when you get to Europe you will find things difficult. Its not rocket science, you will find things difficult when you get to Europe,” Ideye stressed.
The striker whose Greek side Aris played in the group stages of the Europa League then disclosed how he keeps fit during the lockdown in Greece due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
“Everyone is on lockdown. I know by the grace of God, it will be over soon. My condolences to everyone who lost their loved ones.
“We have to keep fit. It’s our job. We have this WhatsApp group and the club normally write a programme for us on that platform to keep up to shape.
“We hope that soon things will come back to as its to be. I play video games a lot, follow the training regimes,” Ideye further told the Smooth FM crew on Instagram Live.
On staying beyond the one year period left on his contract, Ideye said:
“Greece is a nice place as you can testify. In football, you live by the day. I have one more year in my contract. When the contract ends, I will sit down with my family and decide. I can speak the language a bit although it’s a little tricky,” the skilful forward enthused.
Ideye started his career with Bayelsa United, Ocean Boys in NPFL before European sojourn with Neuchâtel Xamax, Sochaux, Dynamo Kyiv, West Bromwich Albion, Olympiacos, Tianjin Teda, Málaga and Aris.