Former Nigeria international Jonathan Akpoborie has attributed Nigeria’s downward trend in the FIFA rankings to coach Gernot Rohr’s ineffectiveness in turning the star-studded Super Eagles into a winning team.
The latest FIFA ranking released on Thursday shows that Nigeria is still Africa’s fourth-best team, but is down three places since October.
The trio of Turkey, Slovakia and Nigeria outperformed during the 30 days under review.
The Super Eagles’ qualification was not helped by the team’s two disastrous draws against Sierra Leone on matchdays three and four of the Afcon 2021 qualifying series.
Gernot Rohr’s men gave up a four-goal lead to draw 4-4 at Benin City on November 13, only to score another stale draw in Freetown four days later.
Those draws left the Super Eagles without a win in 2020, and former Stuttgart striker Akpoborie insists that Rohr should be responsible for the team’s downfall of fortunes.
“It doesn’t surprise me too much that the Super Eagles fell into the latest FIFA rankings due to their poor and dismal performance against Sierra Leone in the 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifier,” Akpoborie told The Pledge.
“The first leg at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium really exposed the manager’s tactical know-how after the team blew a four-goal lead to tie it 4-4.
What is the best way to explain your technical knowledge of the game? I really want to blame him for the latest team ranking. “
Despite numerous calls for his dismissal, Rohr continues to enjoy the seemingly unconditional support of the Nigerian Football Federation, which granted the German strategist a two-year contract extension earlier this year.