The Nigerian national football team fell to a slender 1-0 loss to their arch-rivals on Friday night to the dismay of a sizeable section of the Nigerian Twitter-verse
Many Nigerian football lovers have blamed Gernot Rohr for the Super Eagles’ defeat to Cameroon in an international friendly match played at the Weiner Neustadt Stadium in Austria.
Rohr had his work cut out for him following the withdrawal of several of his star players due to injuries and club commitment.
Key starters Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, Joe Aribo, Samuel Chukwueze, and defenders Leon Balogun, Ola Aina, and Kevin Akpoguma all dropped out due to injuries.
At the same time, La Liga playoff commitments kept the duo of Kenneth Omeruo and Umar Sadiq back in Spain with their clubs.
Still, the Franco-German manager named Belgian league top scorer Paul Onuachu and FA Cup winners Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho in his starting eleven on Friday.
Many fans believed there was enough quality in that team to defeat an Indomitable Lions side that had lost five of their last six games to Nigeria in all competitions.
But Moses Simon, Iheanacho, and Onuachu all missed several chances to give the Eagles the lead in the opening half of the friendly clash against their West African neighbours.
And after midfielder Zambo Anguissa broke the deadlock with what proved to be the winning strike, the three Nigerian attackers still had chances to equalise for the Gernot Rohr-led side.
Cameroon ended with the bragging rights safely in the bag to the disappointment of several Nigerian football lovers.
They lashed at some players who performed poorly on the night, but it was the former Bordeaux manager who ultimately ended as the biggest villain on the night.
Here are excerpts of their tweets:
Rohr cannot take this team beyond this level, we need a better technical coach. The team is too rigid, no game pattern.#NGACMR— W.E.T (@offixial_tam) June 4, 2021
– The only positive would have been more minutes for the new players.— Tomiwa Ojo (@10Qmedia) June 4, 2021
– Shehu has no business in the Super Eagles.
– Iwobi CAN'T play on the wings for the Super Eagles.
– The midfield needs something different.
– Rohr has to be less rigid#NGACMR
Please why is it difficult to replace this clueless,no tactics rohr.🤦🏾♂️ Abi rohr na APC— Emperoh Jahzket 🤴 (@jazket01) June 5, 2021
The question Nigerians should be what pathern of football is gernot Rohr playing. This man doesn't have pathern of play.— [email protected] (@Frederickg311g1) June 5, 2021
Each time Nigeria has match he goes for already made players. This is shameful.
For Alex iwuobi is a misplaced priority is the coach fault.
The coach is weak.
Rohr is jst d problem of S/Eagles. 4 years,he hasn't been able get his 1st 11 but i don't blame him,he has surplus players at his disposal, that's why he is messing up, poor coach. A gud coach can get gud team dat can get 2 Semis of W/cup wit these present players.@BrilafmOnitsha— Freedom Is Never Cheap #EndNigeriaNow (@iknwoka) June 5, 2021
That peacock Gernot Rohr needs to get his ass sacked! I dislike coaches who aren't always hungry to win games— RUSSI ☥ (@IWUALAVALENTIN1) June 4, 2021
Nigeria and Cameroon face off again on Tuesday at the same venue as the two former continental champions speed up preparations ahead of the kick-off of their World Cup qualifying campaign later in September.