Former England professional footballer of Nigerian (paternal) and Guyanese (maternal) descent, John Fashanu has asserted that the Super Eagles “don’t have a team yet”.
We reports that the erstwhile Norwich City, Wimbledon and Aston Villa forward is unimpressed by Coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr.
Speaking at the launch of 60 goals Soccer Stars Project in Abuja, Fashanu stated as per Complete Sports, that Rohr has “underachieved” and must do more to take charge of local players.
“I think Rohr has underachieved as the coach of Super Eagles. What has he achieved, what has he won? That team is certainly not good enough to dominate African Football.
“We still have a lot of work to do to be the best in Africa. For now, we don’t have a team yet,” the 57-year-old said.
“At the moment, this is one of the lowest time I have seen of the Super Eagles. I am sorry to say that, but I am not excited about the team now and I feel the coach is not doing enough with domestic (Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL) players.
“Rohr should stay in Nigeria and develop our league players”
Fashanu continued: “lt amazes me anytime I hear Rohr saying that Nigerian league players are not good enough to play for Super Eagles.
“It is a shame that he could say that of a team that won the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2013/with about nine home based players. A local boy [Sunday] Mba even scored the lone goal that won us the cup.”
“Rohr should work on our domestic players and stop complaining.
“Part of his resume I guess must include developing local talents and coaches.
“He should emulate what Late Stephen Keshi did with domestic league players before going ahead to win the AFCON in South Africa in 2013.
“I urge the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to caution him about his utterances and get him to work on home-based players.
“He should take charge of the home-based Eagles and groom them for the main team.
“It’s a shame that we could not qualify for CHAN and WAFU, competitions meant for home-based African players. Rohr need to step up his game,” Fashanu concluded.
Rohr lauds Blind Football Championship in Enugu
In related news, Rohr has expressed satisfaction with the African Blind Football Championship which kicked off in Enugu on Monday.
Rohr, who stated this in an interview with newsmen in Enugu on Monday, praised the organiser, Bina Foundation for staging a championship of such magnitude.
”I am satisfied with the organisation and they are doing a great job and I already find possibility in the visual impaired.
”To host teams from all parts of Africa is not an easy thing coupled that Blind Football is a wonderful institution so I can see great exhibition in the championship.
”I am looking forward to seeing goals in the match and you can see how the old and young among them are ready to play football.
”I had a lot of inspiration from the little I watched at my arrival in Enugu. It was a thing of passion for the players,” he said.
Rohr said that Morocco as the defending champions will be a hard nut to crack and that Africa can get a good team to the Olympic.
”I think that Morocco is a wonderful team to watch out for and Nigeria need to win the first match against Cameroun,” the coach said.
He said that all the teams are playing to win and he wished them success in the championship.
”It is nice to have a Blind Football academy in Enugu and also a team for Nigeria known as ”Star Eagles,” Rohr said.
The championship will serve as qualifying to the 2020 Paralympics.
Already in Enugu to compete in the African qualifiers are Cameroon, Morocco, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Mali, Niger and hosts Nigeria.
Nigeria, who play Cameroon in the opening game, is being represented by the Star Eagles.
The Proprietor of Blind Football in Nigeria and President of Bina Foundation, Lady Ifeoma Atuegwu, said the country is hosting to win the sole ticket for the paralympics.
Atuegwu said that in the absence of the male and female national football teams at the Olympics, there was need for the country to make appearance using the blind football.