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‘This is ridiculous’ – Rohr denies losing Eagles dressing

Says he would have won the 2022 AFCON if left in charge

Former Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has dismissed the claims of the Nigeria Football Federation president that he lost his dressing room.

Pinnick said Rohr had to be fired as the indiscipline in the Eagles camp is way out of hand but the manager in an interview with ESPN denied the claims.

Rohr said his players were 100% behind him and that he never lost the dressing room.

“This is ridiculous. Everybody knows it. The dressing room was always with me. All the players are writing to me and thanking me for my professionalism, for my independent work, for my presence.

“The dressing room was 100% behind me. And I hope it will also be 100% behind the new coach.

“I think they already had this prepared. They brought the new coach [Eguavoen] one year ago, so he could have a look. He would ask for the technical reports because he was Technical Director and Paul [Aigbogun], his assistant, was doing for me the work of scouting the opponents.

“But I wish them all the best because I want my players to succeed, to win the AFCON. I want Nigeria to go to the World Cup, and I’m sure that they will.”

Rohr also denied report that the players party hard ahead of their clash against the Cape Verde game.

“Nobody had a party. Can you imagine having a party before the game? Maybe they were on PlayStation a little bit later than 11 p.m. together in another room with another player.

“But I can tell you that these players are 100% professional and they’re doing very well, and nobody did what this crazy social media sometimes can say and it is shameful to see something like that.”

The Franco-German also said he could have led Nigeria to the 2022 AFCON.

“Of course! Last time we made third. We had a good AFCON, we lost in the semifinal in the last second. This time, I’m sure it would have been better because the team has been growing together for five years and we had our different strategies, and the tactics were becoming more and more efficient.

“And I think even without me, they will do it, they can do it, because this team is young, is intelligent, and they can fight. They love their fatherland and they will be able to do very well at the next AFCON.

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