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Qatari-based agent wanted to smuggle player into Eagles’ World Cup list, says Rohr

Qatari-based agent wanted to smuggle player into Eagles’ World Cup list, says Rohr
Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has raised alarm that an unnamed Nigerian agent representing a Qatari-based Nigerian player attempted to influence his World Cup selection, but such move failed woefully as he was determined to pick the best players for Nigeria since he also wants to succeed as a foreign coach. The German also alleged that some of the agents went out of their way to give presents to journalists so as to get rave reports in the media about their players for possible invitation to the national.
The German coach told a German newspaper Welt that he was recently at the Lagos airport, before the Eagles list of World Cup players was released and to his surprise, “I suddenly saw about 200 young people marched up, with giant posters which had my picture and the message there reads: “Gernot Rohr, We Love You” and my picture was huge,” Rohr said in an interview with German newspaper Welt.
”Initially I was impressed and marveled at such massive show of love. I was surprised how on earth the group knew I was traveling through that airport. They came close to me and took photograph with me, I later discovered the guys all wanted to recommend a player to me, who is playing in Qatar and still wants to go to the World Cup.
”Later I learned that the player’s advisor had staged the whole thing. There is often a lack of expertise in moves like this. In addition, players and their advisors like to give gifts to journalists to put pressure on the coaching team, for example, if they want to be called up to the squad. Nigeria has a lot of different media, but unfortunately some allowed their medium to be used for unserious and selfish reports.”
Despite losing three of their last four warm up games and drawing the other, Rohr is focusing on the World Cup.
“We lost again another match, everybody is angry about it and this anger is positive,” Rohr told BBC Sport. After we won against Argentina in a friendly [in November], everyone talked about us reaching the semi-final and now the results now has humbled those voices.
“Because we need humility, it is helping us. We also need solidarity and hard work. Everybody understands this after the defeat to Czech Republic.”
The three-time African champions looked lethargic during the opening half of their loss to the Czechs, but played with more intent after half-time in their final warm-up match.
Wednesday’s loss followed a 2-1 defeat on Saturday to hosts England at Wembley, before that the Super Eagles drew 1-1 with DR Congo and lost to Serbia 2-0.
The Super Eagles last win was in March as they beat Poland 1-0.

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