Former Nigeria goalkeeper Idah Peterside wants head coach Gernot Rohr sacked after the Super Eagles were beaten 2-1 by Algeria in the semi-finals of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cairo, Egypt on Sunday.
Riyad Mahrez’s last gasp free-kick condemned 3-time champions Nigeria to an agonizing defeat after Odion Oghalo had drawn Rohr’s men level with his 4th goal of the tournament from a VAR-assisted penalty after an own goal by William Troost Ekong gave the Algerians the lead before the break.
The former Sharks and Moroka Swallows shot stopper reckons that the Franco-German coach lacks the technical and tactical savvy to lead the Eagles, and should be relieved of his duties as a result.
“We (Nigeria) need someone that has ideas,” Peterside, a former spokesman of the Super Eagles, said on Channels TV on Monday. “At the World Cup, I was there in Russia, and I bled. I bled because our coach (Gernot Rohr) didn’t know what to do when it is required. You don’t learn your job; you don’t learn how to be a coach of the national team, you prepare before you come here.
“When a coach doesn’t know what next to do….you know we all saw how tired (Alex) Iwobi was in the game, you pull him. Even the (Samuel) Chukwueze you removed, you brought (Henry) Onyekuru, you brought him to play from the right side, and he is a striker.
“So, there are little things: (Ahmed) Musa was absolutely out of the game yesterday, you would have removed Musa. So, these are little, little things but that’s why we pay him (Rohr), and that’s we are able to sack him because he didn’t do his right job.
“For me, he has come to the end of the road. It will be surprising to me if we keep him,” the 44-year old Pastor said.
In January, the former Burkina Faso and Gabon coach signed a new 2-year contract extension that will keep him on the job till 2021.