Gernot Rohr Threatens development of Football in Nigeria – Ipaye

Gernot Rohr Threatens development of Football in Nigeria – Ipaye



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Former Nigeria player, Wasiu Ipaye has expressed fears that the current scouting policy of the Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, poses a major threat to the growth of football in the grassroot.

The Super Eagles gaffer has insisted a major part of his rebuilding process will involve among other things, drafting in players of Nigerian origin, who are born abroad.


With the backing of the NFF, the Technical Adviser is pursuing an aggressive campaign to bring in players, who possess an appreciable level of the standard professional football knowledge and experience.


In recent times, Rohr has extended invitations to Dutch-born defender, Tyrone Ebuehi, German-born Noah Bazee.


He has also expressed interests in English U20 defender, Ola Aina, to shore up the current Eagles set up as he hopes to secure the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 Afcon tickets.


Speaking with , Ipaye , who represented Nigeria at the 1985 U20 World Cup, picked holes in the policy.


He argues that the new direction will not only alienate talents in the country but also ‘devalue their quality’.


Ipaye insists the FA was responsible for setting up structures to develop home grown players and make their selection for national team duties a priority.

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