“Yobo has not called me”- Rohr puzzled by aloof Yobo

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has expressed surprise at the failure of newly appointed assistant coach Joseph Yobo to reach out to him following his appointment.

The former Everton defender replaced Imama Amakapabo, who was sacked by the NFF after a series of poor results from both the home-based Eagles and the Dream Team VII. Those teams failed to qualify for the African Nations Championship and Tokyo 2020 respectively.

Gernot Rohr, who has previously implied he was not consulted on the idea of Yobo as assistant coach, had a couple of things to say.

“Joseph Yobo has not called me. I don’t have his number. I expect to meet him when I return to Nigeria next week, to prepare for the AFCON qualifier against Sierra Leone,” Rohr said to BBC journalist Osasu Obayiuwana.

“When I meet him, I will give him traditional missions normally assigned to an assistant coach. Amapakabo did the real work of a coach on the pitch.”

When queried on the appointment of Joseph Yobo despite his lack of experience, and on his own contract which is due to expire in three months, he stated “Under the terms of my  contract, (the) Nigerian Federation have the right to do what they have done.

“I will meet with Amaju Pinnick next week, before our camping and we shall see. Meanwhile, I will keep doing my job,”

“We hope that things will be better in the future. We shall see what happens with the Super Eagles.”

Nigeria face Sierra Leone over two legs in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and victory in bogh fixtures would guarantee a place in next year’s showpiece.

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