The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has revealed plans to subject the activities of Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, to further scrutiny following the 0-2 defeat the team suffered in a 2019 AFCON qualifier against South Africa at home, in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.
The Super Eagles were on Saturday beaten 2-0 by visitors, South Africa, their first ever competitive victory over Nigeria, in the first game of the 2019 AFCON qualifying series, thanks to two second half goals from Tekelo Rantie, in the 54th minute, and Percy Tau, ten minutes from time.
In what the football governing body sees as a necessary move to better the team’s performances in subsequent matches, with the national team hosting Cameroon in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier, the NFF, through the Chairman of its Technical Committee, Barrister Chris Green, has decided to take some stern decisions that could call to question the freedom Rohr has enjoyed since he was appointed last year.
“We had an emergency meeting to look at all that went wrong and reviewed Bafana Bafana loss,” Said Green.
“We discussed from match ball, tactics deployed, the fitness of players, organisation of the team and all what’s not. And at the end of the day, we made recommendations to the board.
“We called for the establishment of the scouting unit in the technical department and that henceforth, we should have a pre-knowledge of players invited before sending to the public.
“The technical adviser must appear at a press conference where such list will be announced to the public and questions will be asked as regards the list. And there must be a good synergy between the technical crew and technical department cum the committee.
Green further revealed that only players who feature regularly for their respective clubs would have any business with the Super Eagles.
“We have resolved that certain persons will be deployed to observe training and all sort of things going on in the team. We also asked that only players playing regularly for their clubs should be invited to the national team,’’ he said.
“There will be redeployment of a psychologist to the team. We believe the players need to be psyched up for matches as we will face Cameroon which will be a very tough game,” he added.