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‘I feel Nigerians’ love everywhere,’ says Gernot Rohr

The Franco-German has says he feels loved by Nigerians, citing it as a major reason he’s attached to his job as the Super Eagles’ coach.

Whilst stating most Nigerians love him, Gernot Rohr claimed a section of the country didn’t like him.

On the cusp of a third-place finish at the 2019 AFCON, a section of the country – mostly the media called for the 66-year-old to resign.

Meanwhile, an undeterred Rohr has said he still had the armoury in his arsenal to continue as the coach of the Nigerian national team.

“We have difference between Francophone countries and Anglophone countries but I didn’t have any problem adapting (in Nigeria) because I was welcomed by everybody, not only in the team but the staff, and also from Nigerians,” the former Gabon coach, as quoted by Punch:

“When I go out, I feel this love, I feel it everywhere.

“The only people I don’t feel this love from, there is only one category especially after the AFCON, and you know who it is.

“But everywhere, if it is here or in other places, I feel this love, this is a reason for me, which makes it very hard to leave because there is human relationship which is important also.

“This is the most passionate(job) because the passion around me is giving me also the passion, enthusiasm, and desire to do well.

“This job here is very different because we speak English, which I did not speak for a long time, since my school time.

“But I have learnt back quickly; the mentality is also different.”

Many have questioned Rohr’s tactical acumen, while others’ grievances towards the coach, as being the limited opportunity given to the home-based professional.

But Amaju Pinnick the Nigeria Football Federations’s President, on his part, had called for support for the coach, and also said that the Federation would not be pushed around again on issues concerning the appointment of coaches.

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