Sunday, 21 February 2021 05:27

Nigerian footballers are respectful, says Rohr

Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, has praised Nigerian players as he salutes them for their respectfulness.

The 67-year-old Franco-German has coached the national team since 2016 and admitted that because of his age, he had earned a lot of respect from top Nigerian stars including Mikel Obi and Victor Moses.

“There are so many different footballers and people in Nigeria and they all have to form a team that is marching in the same direction. It’s a very interesting task. I still enjoy it,” Rohr said in the podcast “Leadertalk” with German television channel Sport1.

“You have to be ready to be inspired everywhere, to be able to adapt, not to be afraid of new things. It takes tolerance but also hard work.”

“In Nigeria, the players have a lot of respect for the personality of the coach. They are very obedient.

“The elderly enjoy a lot of respect here. They are not just deported to homes, they stay in the family and are always listened to. That’s wonderful.

“The older people get, the more respect they get. It’s nice to see how the players implement this, including the big stars like Obi Mikel, Victor Moses or Vincent Enyeama.”

Rohr will be eager to have his team qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations as he prepares for next month’s qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho.

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