Let Gernot Rohr go, Odegbami tells NFF

first_img “In 1968, for example, at the Mexico Olympic Games, a Nigerian, according to some people the best Nigerian player of all time, Teslim Thunder Balogun, coached the Green Eagles that played against the greatest football nation on earth at the time, Brazil, to a pulsating, well-earned 2-2 draw. That’s over half a Century ago! The surviving members of the 1973 All-Africa Games Green Eagles that won the Gold medal can testify that, the brain behind that victory was another great former ex-international player, Captain and then assistant coach of the team, Mr. Dan Anyiam, a very intelligent, eloquent, well-trained and educated coach. The exploits of Stephen Keshi of recent years as a coach are unmatched by any coach local or foreign in our entire history. Are these not Nigerians? “If we had continued in the trajectory of using the best trained Nigerians as our national coaches, inviting foreign coaches without pedigree to handle their national team in concession to their ‘superiority’ would not arise in 2020. Gernot Rohr has done his bit and collected his wages. Every month he was paid $50,000 Dollars? Who earns that kind of money for the amount of work he did in the years of his stay in Nigeria? It is ludicrous. What did he really do? Did he win any international trophies for Nigeria? Did he impact the Nigerian league and domestic players in any way? Did he train any Nigerian coaches to be able to take over from him? The longest time he stayed with the national team for any stretch was a maximum of four weeks, twice in the 4 years of his expiring contract – before and during the World Cup in 2018, and before AFCON in 2019. Every other time all he did was assemble players from Europe two days to a match, selected his lineup for the match and returned to his paid ‘vacation’. Which Nigerian coach worth any salt cannot do what he did for Nigeria? Is that what anyone should earn $50,000 Dollars a month for? Even the scouting for Nigerian-born players in Europe that constitute a large percentage of his team presently is done by a hardworking Nigerian man, Tunde Adelakun, we are told. Now with Covid-19 and its economic consequences, no one should even be thinking of expending unavailable foreign exchange for a job Nigerians can handle and that does not require rocket science, period. To suggest a wage-cut is even annoying. Was the size of his wage the reason for his failure? We are entering a new phase in the ongoing War of global Civilizations. No African should promote color or racial superiority in African football. No Nigerian dares do so at this point. read also:Odegbami: Nigeria May Never See Another Rashidi Yekini So, I choose to be foolish. I shall thank Gernot Rohr for all the good services he has rendered and release him. I shall get one of our own qualified sons, and sink or swim with him into that emerging new world order beyond Covid-19.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The former Green Eagles and Shooting Stars Football Club striker stated in his column that Nigerians should not see Rohr as the best option for the national team job, saying the country is blessed with qualified coaches to perform the magic. “I shall disregard what the promoters of Gernot Rohr are saying that no Nigerian coach is qualified enough to handle the national football team of the country even after the German had failed in his years as the manager to deliver on the soft mandates given to him. To think this way is disrespectful and denigrating to all Black people. To imagine that the German is now willing to accept new conditions deliberately designed for him to reject, means there is more to the whole matter than meets the eye, or he knows the value of the Super Eagles’ job more than his Nigerian bosses do. Is it because he loves the country more than Nigerians? Who really loves the Nigerian? Covid-19 pandemic has become an eye-opener. “I choose to be foolish on the matter of Gernot Rohr. Let him go ‘jeje’ with his ‘superior’ knowledge of football and serve elsewhere. “We forget our history and the capacity of Nigerians to succeed. Nigeria’s football legend, Chief Olusegun Odegbami, has urged Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, not to renew the contract of Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr. Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksJason Statham Bought And Sold A Multi-Million Dollar House10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganCelebs Who Are Turning 50 This YearEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show Youlast_img read more

Didn’t Play According to the Rules: Yogeshwar Dutt Slams Umpiring Post Bajrang Punia’s Controversial Loss

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: Following Bajrang Punia’s controversial loss in the semi-finals of the World Wrestling Championships, star wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt has questioned the umpiring standards at the ongoing event in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhastan.On Thursday, Punia, World No.1 65 kg freestyle wrestler, lost his semi-final bout against local wrestler Daulet Niyazbekov in a rather controversial manner after securing the quota for 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Punia, who lost on the basis of tie-breaker rules after getting locked at 9-9 with his Niyazbekov via criteria point — a four-point move, was seen pleading with the mat chairman to take appropriate action against the home wrestler for several fouls — including hitting on the face, pulling costume and delaying tactics.Punia was a victim of multiple fouls as Niyazbekov was warned but to no avail as he trailed 2-9 following a four-point move by Niyazbekov which was reviewed by the Indian grappler.”Anyone who saw the semi-final bout between Bajrang and Niyazbekov can clearly distinguish between right and wrong. Then why didn’t the umpires sitting there saw that? How could such a mistake take place in a big tournament like World Championships? Kazakhstan didn’t play according to the rules (sic.),” tweeted Dutt in Hindi on Thursday.बजरंग v/s नियाज़ (कजाखस्तान) का सेमीफाइनल मैच देखकर कोई भी सही या गलत में फर्क कर सकता है। फिर वहां बैठे अम्पायर को ये क्यूँ नही दिखा? इतने बड़े टूर्नामेंट में इतनी बड़ी लापरवाही? कजाखस्तान बहुत ही गलत तरीके से खेल रहा था ये सबने देखा।— Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) September 19, 2019Former Olympic wrestler and Ultimate Fighting Championship star Ben Askren tweeted: “Daton got screwed! Bajrang got screwed.”Endorsing Dutt’s views, Askren said: “Dutt knows cheating when he sees it.”Apart from Punia, Ravi Kumar Dahiya also lost his semi-final bout 4-6 to Zavur Uguev of Russia in the 57-kg weight category. However, like Punia, he was also able to secure a berth for the Tokyo Olympics. Bajrang PuniacontroversyIndiaIndian Wrestling First Published: September 20, 2019, 11:09 AM ISTlast_img read more