Nigeria face Sierra Leone today (Tuesday) November 17 in a match day four of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier game at the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown and it could be Gernot Rohr’s last game in charge of the Super Eagles.
Rohr’s men surprisingly blew a four-goal lead at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin, Edo State last Friday to play a 4-4 draw against the Leone Stars.
Immediately after the game, angry fans were left furious at the team’s inability to win in their last three games and slammed the German tactician and his men for their lethargic performance with some calling for the sack of the 61-year-old.
Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, while expressing his disappointment at the team’s poor display said a decision will be made on Rohr’s future after the game in Freetown.
“I have expressed my disappointment to the team and the Nigeria Football Federation. Like most Nigerians, only a convincing win in Freetown can assuage our feelings and bruised egos. Only a win will be acceptable in Freetown.
“The task at the moment is to get the team firmly back on track towards picking one of the group’s two tickets on offer for the 2022 AFCON.
“A win in Freetown will seal The Eagles 19th participation in the AFCON.
“After this, we can now debate Rohr’s suitability as we seek to return Nigeria to the pedestal of African football and one of the beautiful game’s powerhouses in world football. We will reappraise Rohr’s performance since he was named the Super Eagles manager and see if he is the right man to fulfil our expectations.”
President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, also admitted that last Friday’s result in Benin was the worst since he became president of the federation.
“I will say the way the thing is in my heart and the heart of so many Nigerians. The truth is that we can’t be leading 4-0 to Sierra Leone and concede four goals for no reason, there is no reason. Since I became the president of NFF, this is the worst result I have seen in my life, in these few days, I wonder how I’m going to sleep.”
The Eagles knows that only a convincing win against Sierra Leone later today will help them to redeem their image because anything short of that could mean the end of the road for Rohr.