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Exclusive: Ex-Super Eagles Internationals Divided Over Choice Of Bonfrere Jo As Rohr’s Likely Replacement 

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The continuous search for a possible replacement of Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr if he’s eventually sacked by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have seen some coaches in Europe, including Jo Bonfrere put in his application for the managerial job.
 
Recall that last week, it was confirmed by the Eagles’ former media officer, Colin Udoh that the Dutch tactician has formally submitted his application.
 
Udoh also claimed current handler, Gernot Rohr, is close to being fired by the NFF. Recall that the NFF are in the process of disengaging the German tactician as Eagles coach after complaints about his performance in the 2022 World Cup qualifying run, where the team struggled to seal qualification for the final play-off.
 
Since taking over the helm of affairs in 2016, former German International defender Rohr has overseen 55 matches with the Super Eagles winning 29, losing 14, and drawing 12 matches. He led the Super Eagles to a first round exit at the 2018 FIFA World Cup (Russia) and a third place finish at the 2019 AFCON (Egypt).
 
There is no doubt that Bonfrere is familiar with the Super Eagles, having served as the team’s coach on two occasions and as an assistant in another stint.
 
He served as Super Eagles assistant coach under Clemence Westerhof at the 1994 World Cup before leading the Dream Team to the gold medal in the football event of the Atlanta 1996 Olympics.
 
He left his role after the Olympics but returned in 1999 to lead Nigeria to a second-place finish at the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations after losing the final game to Cameroon via penalty shootout.
 
However, the Dutch tactician insisted he is ‘the right man’ to redeem the fortunes of the national team. He said he would restore the Super Eagles’ ‘free-flowing style’ of football that attracted world attention and adulation.
 
Bonfrere blasted the current Eagles coach for his ‘poor tactical decisions‘ that have severely limited team performances, despite boasting an array of young, technically gifted players.
 
“When I was the coach of the Nigeria Super Eagles, the organization, structure and pattern of the super eagles brought Nigeria national team to be 5th/6th in the worlds ranking. But the Nigeria super eagles of today lack pattern, organization and a structure. I follow all the players of the super eagles’ home and abroad. I know their abilities and how they all play in their various football clubs,” Bonfrere wrote.
 
“The problem the Super Eagles is facing today is lack of ideas from the coach. The history of the coach matters and the coach keep using failed patterns just like in Russia, Africa nation cup matches. I have watched coach Rohr in different matches and there is no single pattern he uses. No effective formation and the players don’t understand themselves, The players can’t hold the ball to themselves for up to 3secs. I’m not trying to castigate my colleague but his knowledge needs to be upgraded to the new modern football. At this Era the Nigeria super eagles has to have a PATTERN. When I coach it is guaranteed my players score a goal and more in respect to the kind o formation and pattern I use.”
 
Meanwhile, former Nigerian goalkeeper, Jonathan Akpoborie in a chat with Thepledge, kicked against the decision of the NFF to want to consider the appointment of Bonfrere as possible replacement for Rohr.
 
“It will be a disgrace to our football if the NFF decide to hire Bonfrere as Rohr’s replacement. How on earth can you convince me that Bonfrere is a good job for our football today.
 
“They are taking our football backward with their decision to even accept Bonfrere’s application. They have to be very careful.”
 
However, former, Nigerian goalkeeper, Andrew Aikhoumogbe in an interview with Thepledge from his Cairo base in Egypt, stated that NFF have the right to accept Bonfrere’s application for the Super Eagles job.
 
He noted that if Bonfrere has what it takes to manage the team then there is nothing wrong.
 
I really don’t see anything wrong if the NFF decide to accept the application of Jo Bonfrere for the managerial role of the Super Eagles. If he’s good enough for the job then it is left for the NFF to decide his fate. Like you know, he’s not the only one vying for the position.”
 
In the same vein, former Enyimba coach, Samson Unuanel has insisted that the NFF must distance themselves from signing Bonfrere due to his lack of tactical and technical know-how.
 
Unuanel stated that the NFF should focus on a new set of coaches that can add value to the growth of the Super Eagles.
 
“To be candid, it is a slap on our football that Bonfrere has tendered his application to coach the Super Eagles. Yes, he won the Atlanta Olympic gold for Nigeria in 1996 but football has moved on since then.
 
“If the Super Eagles must make a big difference in Africa and World Cup, then the NFF must get serious by thinking of a sound coach that will add value to the growth of our football.”
 
By and large, it is yet to be seen if the NFF will finally settle for Bonfrere as the Super Eagles with the AFCON just weeks to go. Only time will tell.
 

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I’m Not Desperate To Be President – Peter Obi

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Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, on Friday said he is not desperate to be President.

Mr Obi made the comment while appearing on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

According to Mr Obi, he left the Peoples Democratic Party for the Labour Party because the former did no longer align with his political values.

“I’m not desperate to be President or anything,” he said. “I’m desperate to see Nigeria work. Especially for the youths of this country.

“I’ve moved to where I think the process might allow me.

“I would rather lose doing the right thing than win doing the wrong thing. My politics have been consistent in character and integrity.”

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JUST IN: APC Postpones Presidential Primaries To June 6-7

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has postponed its presidential primary election to Friday, June 6 and Saturday, 7.

The APC announced the postponement after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday evening bowed to pressure by political parties to extend the dates for the conduct of primary elections.

INEC in a statement on Friday, extended the dates for primaries by six days.



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I’ll Have Up To 12 Wives Before 40, Singer, Portable Brags Amid Headies Saga

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Habeeb Okikiola, the fast-rising Nigerian singer better known as Portable, says he would have up to 12 wives before he clocks 40.

The 27-year-old controversial musician spoke in a video shared via his Instagram page on Friday.

In the video, Portable boasted that he currently has six wives even though he is still below 30.

“I never reach 30, I don get six wives and plenty children. Before I reach 40, my housewives would be up to a dozen (12). I am not 30 and I already have six. I just want to inform you so you would be aware,” he said in a mixture of English and Pidgin.

Portable came into the limelight towards the end of 2021 on the back of his hit track ‘Zazoo Zeh’ featuring Olamide, the rapper, and Poco Lee, the dancer.

He was recently nominated for the ‘Rookie of the Year’ and ‘Best Street-Hop Artiste’ categories at the 2022 edition of the Headies.

While the singer has continued to enjoy fame, he has also made headlines for controversial reasons.

On Wednesday, Portable claimed his co-nominees at The Headies are no match for him. He also threatened to kill anyone who wins any of the categories in his place.

In it’s reaction, organisers of the annual awards on Friday threatened to disqualify the singer if he fails to retract his statement and issue an apology on his social media pages.

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