Mutiu Adepoju expresses doubt at the timing of the termination of Gernot Rohr’s services.
The former midfielder says the action was long overdue.
For the past few months, perhaps years, Gernot Rohr has been a point of division for followers of the senior national team, the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
The lead up to the Nations Cup and the World Cup qualifiers raised questions that found closure in the sack of the German.
Many agree that Rohr long overstayed his welcome, and on the back of insipid displays by the Super Eagles in many of their matches, the Super Eagles gaffer should have been fired long ago.
A few weeks ago, the talk was about who will be at the party to the AFCON in Cameroon. It has now shifted to the sack of the Super Eagles manager. Many will question the timing of the sack, while some would claim it was unjust. The fact remains that Rohr led the Super Eagles on a bumpy ride on the way to Cameroon.
Adepoju raise doubts about the sack of Rohr
Over the weekend, the Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr was relieved of his duties as the handler of the senior national team. The German saw his tenure end a few weeks to the African Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Many believe Rohr should have been allowed to take the team to AFCON.
Ex-international and African Cup of Nations winner Mutiu Adepoju is sceptical about the timing of the sack of Gernot Rohr.
In a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday, the former Super Eagles midfielder bared his mind on the whole affair. According to Adepoju, the sack was long overdue, and his sack had become stale.
The Headmaster spoke about the delay in deciding on the manager. He believes the sack came a bit late.
Adepoju said the decision was what some fans wanted. They had become dissatisfied with the results and performances of the Super Eagles. The former midfielder thinks the Super Eagles has young and fantastic players who can deliver the goods for the country.
A new manager and renewed hope
On Sunday, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced it had terminated its relationship with Gernot Rohr. The statement further stated that former Super Eagles defender and coach Augustine Eguavoen was taking over in an interim capacity.
It was news that came as a relief to many who had clamoured for the sack of the German. With the German gone and a few weeks to the African Cup of Nations, it remains a herculean task to mould the team into a force that could win the tournament.
The Super Eagles have always come up short in the tournament, with their last victory coming in 2013 under former Super Eagles captain Stephen Okechukwu Keshi.
Mutiu Adepoju praised the new manager and remains confident that his former teammate in the Super Eagles could deliver the goods.
The African Cup of Nations will kick off in Cameroon in January and end on February 6, 2022, with Eguavoen taking charge of the Super Eagles to the tournament.
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