With Nigeria's World Cup campaigns over, the Super Eagles are to resume their battle for a ticket to the next African Cup of Nations football competition. They are to face Libya on October 10. This will be after their match against Seychelles on September 7. On October 15, they will hopefully host the Libyan team.
The three-time AFCON winners who have missed out on the last two editions of the competition lost 2-0 against South Africa in their first game in the qualifiers.
Gernot Rohr's men will face Libya on October 10 at home will the reverse fixture to hold five days later in Tripoli.
The match against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa is scheduled for November 16. The Super Eagles will round off their qualifying campaign with a home fixture against Seychelles on March 22, 2019.
But some Nigerians are already calling for the sack of the coach. A fan who called himself Bombom, in an online post said “Mr. Rohr was a very confident man during the World Cup qualifiers. He believed we could beat any African team and that mindset was translated to the players. But in the World Cup, it was a different story.
“Like most Germans, he felt Nigeria was not good enough for the world stage. You could read this from his body language and his own words testified to this. This negative mindset was communicated also to the players and the rest is history.
“I want him sacked, not because I dislike him, but because I believe he does not possess the mentality to take us to the next level in our game. Like a commentator has said in this forum, you cannot give what you don't have.
It's time to look for a younger and more ambitious coach. NFF, please do something!
The Argentine team we lost to is the worst to have represented that country for years. We had no business losing to them. They beat us because they had more self belief and footballing pride. They felt it was a taboo losing to Nigeria. If our coach had instilled a similar belief into our boys, the result would have been different.
No other coach since the Westerhof days has received this much support from the NFF like Mr. Rohr received. That is why I am so disappointed.
Another football fan, Mykel had this to say: “You are very much on point. I am not happy that I have not heard about his sack up till now. He has lost the confidence of most Nigerians. He spent all the time in Russia, praising Croatia and the rest players in the group. Russia that defeated Spain today did so due to their self belief. I saw how they were jubilating before the penalty kicks.
“Mbape was in the news today for donating his match bonus to charity, saying that he doesn't represent the national team for money. The same cannot be said of our boys that earn thousands of pounds weekly, yet they are willing to abandon or refuse to train when they are owed as little as 5k dollars match bonus. Before the nations cup qualifier which I don't value (the world cup is valuable for me), the issue of using money to pamper these average players should be addressed. Clueless Rohr must be made to be watching our local league and stop going round Europe begging players like Idowu to come and play for Nigeria, a wing back that made zero pullout all through the 7/8 matches that he played. Do I need to remind them that it's finished for old and tired legs like Ighalo, Onazi, Joel Obi and Echejile? Players that are below par should be dropped too.