Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has refuted claims that he told the Nigeria Football Federation to get Ovie Ejaria to play for the country ahead of Ebere Eze.
Reports circulated various media outlets on Monday that the German tactician has ordered the NFF to prioritise luring Ejiara to represent the country ahead of Eze, because he sees the Rangers man as a better player.
Ejaria and Eze were born in England to Nigerian parents and have played for England at U-20 level , but are still eligible to play for the Super Eagles.
Rohr has denied he compared both players and revealed he has not mandated the NFF to secure any of players ahead of the order.
“My attention has been drawn to some statements online that I have described Reading FC player Ovie Ejaria as a better player than Queens Park Rangers’ Ebere Eze and so the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) should get him in the team immediately,”reads a quote credited to Rohr on the official Twitter handle of the NFF on Wednesday.
“This is totally false and very disrespectful to both players. I never compare players and I have not asked the NFF to make any approach for the player in question.
“I will never ask the NFF publicly to approach any player for our team. We have our processes and it certainly doesn’t include sharing such information publicly.
“Furthermore I think there must be restraint in press statements purportedly quoting me and my person in terms of interviews.
“I share a very good relationship with the media in Nigeria but this must not be abused to the extent of misquoting me and making wrong claims about my person.”