'The NFF is solidly behind Rohr' - Akinwunmi rubbishes query claims

The German tactician was rumoured to have been queried for his side’s unimpressive start, but the football official has dispelled such
Nigeria Football Federation 1st vice president Seyi Akinwunmi has rebuffed claims that Gernot Rohr was queried following his side's 2-0 defeat to Croatia in their 2018 World Cup opener.

The Super Eagles’ lacklustre performance against the Croats in Kalinigrad on Saturday fueled reports that the country's football body demanded answers from the German tactician.

But the NFF deputy boss denied such speculations, reiterating the body's confidence in Rohr’s ability to lead the team past Group D.

"On whether we [NFF] queried Rohr? Nobody has queried the coach,” Akinwunmi told media on Tuesday in Saint Petersburg.

“The Nigeria Football Federation are solidly behind the coach. We have full confidence in him and believe he will qualify us to the next round the same way he qualified us to get here in the first place.

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“People have forgotten the same coach who all of a sudden they think does not know anything brought us here. We are not saying everything is perfect and that's why there is team meetings and interphase.

“As per querying the coach, nothing of such happened and I don't believe it was an issue we should discuss. I am even informed that the players have agreed to discountenance such insinuation and focus completely on the job at hand.”

Nigeria will have to get favourable results in their remaining two group matches, starting against Iceland on Friday before taking on Argentina on June 26.