Osimhen, Ndidi… Sunday Dare? Gernot Rohr recalls weird Super Eagles training group

Osimhen, Ndidi… Sunday Dare? Gernot Rohr recalls weird Super Eagles training group
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Former Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr sparked some reactions yesterday, after pointing out how he had to allow sports minister Sunday Dare to train with the team in order to keep his job.

The German coach just turned 70 two days ago; he was in charge of the Super Eagles between 2015 to 2021, winning 35 of 61 matches. Although Rohr never won a championship for the Nigerian national team, he led the team to a third-placed finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) competition.

Speaking to the Bayern Munich media team at his 70th birthday celebration, Rohr narrated how the sports minister came to the training grounds with “40 or 50 journalists and wanted to participate.” The German coach was even more surprised when his assistant encouraged him to let Sunday Dare train with the team, if he intended to keep his job.

Issues with other coaches

We would like to point out that Gernot Rohr isn't the only Nigerian coach who has expressed his frustrations with the National Football Federation (NFF); as current Super Falcons coach Randy Waldrum recently criticized the federation regarding several issues, including unpaid bonuses, and the absence of his assistant. Interestingly, even though the NFF responded to Coach Waldrum's comments, they didn't address the issue of unpaid wages.

A couple of months ago, there was also a report that the Nigerian Football Federation owed current Super Eagles coach Jose Peseiro a few months worth of wages. When the Portuguese coach was asked about it, he neither confirmed nor denied it.

Fan reactions to Gernot Rohr's comments

As expected, fans were quick to react to Gernot Rohr's comments. There were those who expressed their displeasure with the way things have gone since Sunday Dare was named Minister of Sports.

Others couldn't pass up the opportunity to make jokes.

And of course, there were those who were quick to defend the current Minister of Sports.

This article was most recently revised and updated 10 months ago

Kelechi is a huge sports fan with over 10 years of betting experience. He has written thousands of match previews on football, tennis, basketball and American football in the past few years.