Yakubu Aiyegbeni believes coach Gernot Rohr and a significant proportion of Nigeria’s national team players are not fit to wear the famous green and white shirt in the wake of their outing against Sierra Leone.
In the recent Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against the Leone Stars, the Super Eagles surrendered a four-goal lead in the first leg to settle for a 4-4 draw, while the return leg in Freetown ended 0-0, with Rohr’s team looking off the pace in both games.
Even with the draws, the three-time African champions lead Group L with eight points from four games – although their qualification hopes for Cameroon 2020 is on ice. Questions have been asked of those calling the shots in the Super Eagles squad and important decisions made on and off the field.
And Aiyegbeni, who is Nigeria’s third-highest scoring player of all time believes the German tactician must take the brunt of the blame for the poor form. “The coach is not good enough, let him go,” the former Maccabi Haifa, Everton, and Portsmouth striker said on Lagos Talks.
“Some of the boys are not good enough, I don’t know where they are bringing them from. Who is inviting these players?
“Our football is getting worse every day. When I was there, people criticize us, but we’re way better than these ones.
“The coach is not good enough, no clue. Gernot Rohr is one of the worst coaches in our history. He is not good enough.”
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Former Gabon and Etoile du Sahel manager Rohr replaced Sunday Oliseh as the country’s permanent handler in 2016. He led the Super Eagles to the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia, where they crashed out of a group that had Argentina, Iceland, and Croatia.
He was also in charge when Nigeria placed third at the Egypt 2019 Afcon – where they pipped Tunisia 1-0 for the bronze medal. Nigeria travels to Porto-Novo’s Stade Charles de Gaulle for their next fixture against the Benin Republic in March 2021.