Sports minister, Dare blasts Rohr for overlooking local players

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare has carpeted Super Eagles Head Coach, Mr. Gernot Rohr over perceived unfair treatment of players from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

The German tactician has been accused of treating the domestic players unfairly, but the Sports Minister says that it won’t be tolerated anymore 

Since he took his role as the head coach, Rohr has come under criticism for not inviting more NPFL players to the national team.

The 68-year-old has relied on mostly foreign players since he took charge as Nigeria’s national team coach. This Sunday, the home-based players will represent the Super Eagles in an international friendly against Mexico at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

Dare expressed his disappointment when he visited the home-based players at their Abuja camp ahead of the trip to the United States.

The Sports Minister urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to have a talk with Rohr on his behaviour towards NPFL players.

“Rohr’s attitude towards home-based players is unacceptable, it’s negative to our football development & I call on the NFF to call him (Rohr) to order,” Dare said.

The former Burkina Faso manager signed a new two-year contract last year, and part of the conditions in the deal is for him to include more domestic players in his plan. 

But so far, only Enyimba’s Anayo Iwuala have played a part in recent Super Eagles games, with Rohr saying all of Nigeria’s best players are in Europe.

However, Dare has fired back at the German tactician, saying he needs to do the work he’s employed to do.

“Rohr needs to shut up and do the work of his contract, he talks too much,” Dare concluded.

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