Former Super Eagles winger Finidi George says current Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr is yet to produce a good team capable of playing exciting football.
After over five years in charge of the Super Eagles and despite easily qualifying for the 2018 World Cup and 2019 AFCON with games to spare, Rohr’s side are yet to play eye-catching football, much to the disappointment of the followers of the team.
The Franco-German tactician’s future as Eagles coach is unclear, with local media reporting he has been sacked earlier this month, following the team’s unimpressive performance against Cape Verde in a recent 2022 World Cup qualifier in Lagos. The Nigeria Football Federation later denied the rumours but it is known that the Federation are in the process of terminating Rohr’s contract.
Speaking exclusively to www.busybuddiesng.com, the 50-year-old Enyimba coach, who was a member of the Golden Generation of the Super Eagles that won the AFCON in 1994 and reached the second round of the World Cup same year, stated that the evolution of football means the current team cannot play the way they did in his days.
“We are evolving and football is changing,” the ex-Real Mallorca star noted. “In our time, we had a very, very good team. It is not that we don’t have good players (now). But we are yet to have a good team. That is what is lacking at the moment.
“But I think the coaching crew will figure it out and make sure in the AFCON and World Cup qualifiers, (the team) tries to play better.”
On the Super Eagles departure from wing play, which was the order of the day in his playing days, the former Ajax and Real Betis player added it is a global trend that the team is adapting to.
“Because football has changed, we don’t really have the wing players,” George added.
“Players that are playing with right-foot, they play on the left side. That’s the football we have today, and we have to adapt. We don’t have those crosses like we use to.
“So, football has changed, we too, we’ll adapt to it. We just have to accept it.”