Gernot Rohr, the former head coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, has responded to the criticism leveled at current Super Egales Technical Advisor Augustine Eguavoen for including Ogenyi Onazi in the squad that would compete against Ghana for a place in the Qatar 2022 World Cup
Eguavoen announced a 32-man roster for the 2022 World Cup playoffs against Ghana, with seven players on standby.
Watford’s Oghenekaro Etebo and Ogenyi Onazi were two players whose admission sparked outrage in the football world.
Etebo has been sidelined for a long time, while Onazi last played for the Super Eagles two years ago and has not played for the Super Eagles since due to poor form and a dismal injury record.
Onazi was without a club after leaving Turkish second division team Denizlispor in December, before joining Saudi Arabia’s Al Adalah. Despite this, he has yet to make an appearance for the club, leading Nigerians to question why he was included at all.
Following the backlash, Eguavoen revealed that he included the former Lazio player to “appease everyone.”
After claiming bronze at the 2019 Nations Cup and bringing Nigeria to a play-off berth against Ghana, Rohr was abruptly fired by the NFF. He has now responded, implying that certain persons tried to sway his team selection while he was in control.
In an interview with ESPN, Rohr stated that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFFtop )’s brass had no influence on his choice.
“It is not the time to discuss the ‘advice’ I received from them about which individuals we can invite to the national team,” he continued, “because I want the players to concentrate on the World Cup.”
“However, they couldn’t sway my decisions.”