Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has shut down reports claiming he told Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to abandon their pursuit of Ebere Eze in favour Ovie Ejaria.
It should be recalled that the NFF president, Amaju Pinnick met with Eze in a bid to convince him to switch his international allegiance to Nigeria.
But according to a report from Punch, the former Bordeaux manager wants the NFF to go for the Reading midfielder instead of the QPR star.
However, in a series of tweets from Super Eagles Twitter, Rohr denied those claims, saying he never told the NFF to stop their pursuit of Eze in favour of Ejaria.
Coach Gernot Rohr: "My attention has been drawn to some statements online that I have described Reading FC player Ovie Ejaria as a better player than Queens Park Rangers' Ebere Eze and so the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) should get him in the team immediately. #Thread
— 🇳🇬 Super Eagles (@NGSuperEagles) December 10, 2019
“My attention has been drawn to some statements online that I have described Reading FC player Ovie Ejaria as a better player than Queens Park Rangers’ Ebere Eze and so the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) should get him in the team immediately
This is totally false and very disrespectful to both players. I never compare players and I have not asked the NFF to make any approach for the player in question.”
“I will never ask the NFF publicly to approach any player for our team. We have our processes and it certainly doesn’t include sharing such information publicly.
The former Burkina Faso manager also berated the press for making wrong claims about him, saying he will not want the good relationship he has with the Nigerian press turn sour.