Gernot Rohr denies forcing Super Eagles players to sign contracts with a particular agency in exchange for the 2018 World Cup spots.
Allnigeriasoccer.com on April 11 stated that “There are rumors that Rohr has joined forces with DW Sports Management to force Super Eagles players to sign representative agreements with the France-based agency or be omitted from the roster for the World Cup.”
But the 65-year-old German manager warned that such a report could land those behind it in trouble.
“It’s a big joker. I was laughing so much if I had to start these things now at 65. So, let’s laugh. When I returned from the seminar in Russia & made a stop in Moscow to see Ahmed Musa, it was to see him & it was a coincidence that we played there,” Rohr stated on Monday Night Football on SuperSport.
“Our players are free to meet the agents they want, & I’m not interested in other things than being the coach of the Eagles. I never did it. I’m 45 years now in professional football, why should I start it now? These people must be very careful, saying such bad things about our players, especially about Moses Simon; about his private life, very bad allegations. They have to be careful because one day a lawyer will come & they will finish in prison.”
The Super Eagles coach also revealed that his provisional 35-man World Cup list would be out on May 14, adding that though the players who played the qualifiers are top on his priority list, the local league players had “a little chance” of making the squad to Russia.
“Yes, it’s (the list) exactly one month before the World Cup & we will be ready & we will speak about it next week, the most important thing is to have a good structure for preparations,” he said.
“The surprises can only come if some players are doing so well & we have to take them, it will be wonderful to see some surprises. But the players who brought us to the World Cup without any defeat are the first choice now.
“The (home-based) boys have a little chance if they play very well for their clubs, you know we have to take the fittest also. In the first 35-man list, they have a chance.”
The coach backed young Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, who has been his preferred choice over Ikechukwu Ezenwa & Daniel Akpeyi in the Eagles’ last two games.
He said, “Our goalkeeping coach is working with him, he will do another 10 days work with him. The staff of La Coruna, & (Clarence) Seedorf allowed us to work with him. He already has three very good games with us. He kept a clean sheet against Argentina, against Pol& you saw what he did against (Robert) Lew&owski but he’s very young. I’m not afraid to have confidence in young players.”
Though Rohr Denies Forcing Super Eagles Players to sign contracts, he is pleased with the club form of his attackers, he, however, spotted the Eagles’ defense as the problematic area of the team “at the moment.”