Minister of Sports Sunday Dare has issued a stern warning to Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr to stop the habit of discriminating against players from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
Dare made this known on Tuesday when he visited the team camp of the Home Based Super Eagles in Abuja ahead of the forthcoming international friendly game against Mexico on July 3.
The Sports Minister, who was unhappy with the absence of the German tactician from the team’s training camp, said the NFF needs to call Rohr to order because Nigeria cannot have a technical coach who will discriminate among players.
He stated that Rohr must find a way of blending the Home-Based players and foreign-based players in the senior national team.
“I just found out that he has traveled ahead, but I think it’s important that we’ll tell the NFF; The NFF needs to call Gernot Rohr to order because we cannot have a technical coach who will discriminate among our players.”
“They are football players and they have talents you cannot discriminate against. His attitude towards Home-based players is unacceptable, it is negative to our football development in this country and I call on the NFF to call him to order, I call on the NFF to hold him by the content, by the letter of his contract.”
“But beyond that, he needs to shut up and do the work for which he was hired to do, he talks too much. We have started the process now. We’ll make sure that these players here, we can measure their talents and skills, and he must blend the home-based players with foreign-based players.” The minister added.
Nigeria is set to take on Mexico on July 3 at 7.30 p.m. Los Angeles time, which is 3.30 a.m. on Sunday in Nigeria and will be Nigeria’s sixth confrontation with Mexico at the senior level, four of which ended in draws.