Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has denied any undue influence in the selection of national team players.
The Franco-German tactician, who recently extended his contract as the Super Eagles head coach, made it clear that he has a free hand to select his preferred players.
There had been talk that influential figures in the Nigerian game were dictating to him who to select for national duty. But Rohr said coaching the West African giants came with a lot of pressure, but he would not allow anyone to interfere in his team selection.
“It is not a part of my contract to take players who are not so good. I can choose my players myself. It is the most important [thing]. So, nobody can tell me ‘You have to pick this one or that one’,” Rohr told Channels TV.
The 66-year-old tactician explained that he critically looks at players before inviting them to feature for the Super Eagles.
“I can take the best players and I don’t do it alone. We have a team and our staff. I have my assistant, I have my analyser. Each Monday we have our meetings and we speak about the games played at the weekend and what our players did. We have to take the best ones no matter where they are coming from,” he added.
Rohr will be hoping to guide Nigeria to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and 2022 FIFA World Cup finals when international football resumes. He took over as Super Eagles mentor in 2016 and took them to the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, which were hosted by Russia. He also led them to a third-place finish at the 2019 AFCON finals.
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By Mthokozisi Dube