Since Gernot Rohr took over as coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria the team have been accused of not playing the entertaining brand of football that made them famous in the past.
The appointment of Rohr as coach of the Super Eagles has coincided with some of the best results for the Nigerian team after their failure to qualify for the last two Africa Cup of Nations.
Rohr’s team is viewed by many as a team which is set up to win games without any clear cut pattern or style of play and such talks was the peak of discussion when Nigeria’s failure to qualify from their group in the 2018 World Cup comes up.
With the team through to next year Africa Cup of Nations following their 1-1 draw against South Africa in their penultimate qualifying match, Rohr was drilled by journalist on the style of play of his team and the coach responded and even added what he think is missing in the attack of the team.
“We play collective football. The World Cup taught us that possession does not win matches. We want to go straight to goal, with vertical passes, quickly and we want to give our strikers a lot of time to be creative in their approach.
“When we lose the ball, everybody has to fight to get it back through pressing. We have quick players and we have this fast kind of play. We have scored a lot of goals, even though not lately. That is why we need quality players. The strikers can dribble and also play for the team”, the Franco-German coach remarked.