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August 25, 2018

I’m proud of my players — Rohr

Rohr, FIFA Awards

Nigeria’s national football team coach from Germany Gernot Rohr at the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup football tournament at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on December 01, 2017. / AFP PHOTO

Stories By Jacob Ajom

Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr has declared support for his players who campaigned at the Russia 2018 World Cup for putting up what he called “a very encouraging performance.”

Gernot Rohr

Speaking at the Ogunlana Drive offices of the Nigeria Football Federation in Lagos yesterday, the German tactician said, “I am proud of my players who went to the World Cup. They only lacked experience. We had a very young team that was very good and did very well. They were the least ranked team but put up a good fighting spirit.

“It is disheartening that we did not get past the group stage. The future is bright.”

Rohr had some reservations for the Video Assistant Referee(VAR), which he said had different interpretations for different teams.

“VAR recognised handball for France but refused to award us handball in a similar situation,” he said, adding quickly, “but I do not like talking about referees.”

Another factor Rohr counted worked against the Super Eagles in Russia was lack of support. “Nigerian supporters were outnumbered and the general atmosphere was not good enough for concentration. It was an experience worthwhile.”