Rohr tested over ‘500 players’ since arrival without formidable team – Oparaku


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Former Super Eagles defender, Mobi Oparaku, has accused Gernot Rohr of “killing” the national team.

Oparaku told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Ilorin that Rohr had tested over 500 players since his arrival without a formidable team.

“I cannot stand and mention 10 to 15 players in the national team that will start and finish the game.

“Gernot Rohr, in the past five to six years has been building a team, he will change four, five, six players in every starting lineup.

“We cannot forge ahead or make any progress with such system. I am not convinced we can use such system to get what we want.

“We cannot mention 11 players that can start a game for Nigeria tomorrow because we have millions of them that have been tested but 11 cannot be mentioned,” Oparaku said.

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Ex-Super Eagles defender, Mobi Oparaku in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

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He called for a change of system whereby a new coach was employed to make things better.

“I have taken my time to watch the players Rohr has been inviting, I cannot say these are the ones we can reckon with.

“Rohr is always rotating as if we are not Nigerians, we are not playing for the world, we are Nigerians.

“He does not have anything to offer, whenever he travels, he brings a player, he is just bringing everyone,” Oparaku added.

NAN recalls that Oparaku played six matches at 1993 FIFA U-17 World Championship for Nigeria national team.

He also participated at the 1996 Olympic Games, where Nigeria won the gold medal as well as played in the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.

Rohr is yet to react to this and similar allegations against him. (NAN)


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