We won’t force players on Rohr – Pinnick


The President of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick has denied rumour making the rounds that Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has been compelled to select players from the local league.

It was rumoured last week that the football supremo has given the mandate that Rohr must watch and pick players from the Nigeria professional league.

He vehemently denied the rumour while speaking on Super Eagles victory in Monday morning.

“I have never said that,” Pinnick insisted, adding that: “If you look at the model Westerhof adopted, he goes out to watch the league matches, picked some of the players and he moulded them to world stars. Those are the gospel we are preaching and that does not mean we want to impose players on him.

“But why not, if he sees good players that can fit in the Super Eagles from the league I don’t think there is any issue. We are not going to impose and we are not ready to that. And the coach should be ready to take responsibility for anything happen to the team too,” Pinnick stated.

Super Eagles under Rohr have secured maximum 6 points in 2 matches at the ongoing 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifier.