Rohr among world’s top 20 coaches, says IFFHS
• Fashanu faults body’s claim
Germany-based International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS), the body responsible for researching and documenting football numbers, has ranked Super Eagles’ Manager, Gernot Rohr among the top 20 national team coaches in the world.
This year’s award was won by Fernando Santos, coach of Portugal national team, with whom he won the UEFA Nations League in June 2019, reports allnigeriasoccer.com.
Football experts and journalists from 90 countries of all continents in the world chose Fernando Santos to receive the 2019 Award and he received 112 points to place first.
Super Eagles manager Rohr ranked joint-nineteenth with one point along with Jan Olof Andersson (Sweden), Paulo Bento (South Korea), Age Hareide (Denmark), Marcello Lippi (China), Oleksandr Petrakov (Ukraine U20) and Marc Wilmots (Iran).
The head coach of Algeria, Djamel Belmadi got into the top five (fifth, 61 points), Madagascar’s French coach Nicolas Dupuis placed 10th with 11 points and Senegal coach Aliou Cisse ranked 18th with two points.
But former England international, John Fashanu does not believe Rohr has done anything meaningful with the national team.
Fashanu, who berates Rohr for ‘underachieving’ with the Super Eagles, told completesports.com that Rohr is a failure for not leading the senior national team to glory since he was hired more than three years ago.
Fashanu blasted Rohr for his below-par work and his inability to integrate domestic league players into his team since he assumed work as Nigeria’s senior soccer team coach.
“I think Rohr has underachieved as the coach of Super Eagles,” the former Wimbledon forward began.
“What has he (Rohr) 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.
“At the moment, this is one of the lowest times 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 players. Rohr should stay in Nigeria and develop our league players.
“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 AFCON in 2013 with about nine home-based players. A local boy [Sunday] Mba even scored the lone goal that won us the Cup.”
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