- Austin Okocha believes Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr is doing well as the national team coach
- Despite coming under huge criticisms, Jay Jay said that the team was worse before the German boss took over
- The ex-Paris Saint-Germain midfielder is also in support of Rohr being offered a new contract
Austin Okocha has scored under fire Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr high in his four-year spell with the national team.
The former Nigerian international claimed that he would score the Franco-German tactician seven out of ten despite his poor strings of results with the three-time African champions.
Rohr's side gave up a four-goal cushion against Sierra-leone in an AFCON 2021 qualifier and failed to win in the second leg at Freetown.
In a chat with former teammate Ifeanyi Udeze on No Hold Barred on Brila FM, the ex-Super Eagles captain said:
”For now I will score him seven out of 10 because when he came in things were not steady and he has steadied the ship now.
“He inherited an abandoned team and so for now he is following his own direction, he has created his own team. But we all know football is about results, of course if the results don’t go his way our people will criticise him, you know everybody in Nigeria is a coach. But if results go his way of course we will praise him. Even if you are the best coach if you don’t get result you will be under pressure.”
The former Bolton Wanderers captain was also asked about Rohr's contract extension, and he backed the Anaju Pinnick led NFF's decision.
“I’m in support of the contract extension because for every country to be successful you need continuity and you need direction.
“But if we keep hiring and firing we wouldn’t be able to build the team. So I believe it’s a good step it’s just for the results to improve.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Sierra Leone vs Nigeria ended in a scoreless draw and Super Eagles handler Gernot Rohr has attributed bad pitch and the style of play of the Leone Stars to the reason for his side's bad performance.
The three-time African champions were unable to settle into the game due to the poor pitch at the Siaka Stevens Stadium.
And the home side also used long balls to further frustrate the Nigerian team who threw away a 4-0 lead in the first leg at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin.
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