Happy Birthday, Coach Gernot Rohr and Leon Balogun
Although life at the ongoing World Cup competition is over for Nigeria’s Super Eagles, “life goes on”. There is no reason why members of the team and their teeming supporters should cease to exist.
In this regard, we wish Coach Gernot Rohr and defender Leon Balogun God’s abundant love, as they celebrate the attainment of new ages in life. Rohr was born on June 28 1953 in Mannheim, Germany while Balogun was born on June 28 1988 to a Nigerian father and German mother. Thus, they have attained 65 and 30 years, respectively.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) tweeted this on Rohr’s birthday: “Happy birthday to @NGSuperEagles Coach Gernot Rohr. The staff at the Essentuki Base Camp offered him a cake and bouquet of flowers to celebrate his day.”
Also, the NFF tweeted this on Balogun’s birthday: “Happy birthday @NGSuperEagles defender @LeonBalogun”.
Rohr was appointed to serve as Head Coach of the Super Eagles in August 2016. Thereafter, he led the team to qualify for the World Cup in Russia.
As usual in times of failure, some fans of the Super Eagles are questioning Coach Rohr’s line up in last Tuesday’s match against Argentina.
For instance, he is being questioned for his choice of Bryan Idowu instead of Tyronne Ebuehi in Nigeria’s left full back position in that match that ended 2-1 in favour of Argentina. In his response to that query, Coach Rohr has stated that he fielded Idowu in order to shut out Lionel Messi, Argentina’s lethal attacker.
Speaking in a post-match press conference that was aired on Channels Television this morning, Rohr said Messi is good with his left foot and needed to be marked by a defender who is good with his right foot. According to him, Ebuehi is good with his left foot, while Idowu is good with his right one. He also said Ebuehi who is “very young and has the time to learn”, caused a penalty in Nigeria’s previous match against Iceland.
Coach Rohr further stated that Ebuehi is better offensively than defensively. He submitted that “Bryan Idowu is a much better defender and he did well, especially against Messi.”
Coach Rohr’s contract with The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) expires in 2020. This means that his future with the Super Eagles is intact, despite the team’s early exit from the 2018 World Cup. His next major assignment is to qualify Nigeria for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations competition.
On his part, Leon Balogun won his first cap for Nigeria in March 2014, in a friendly match against Mexico. His full name is Leon-Aderemi Balogun. So far, he has starred 22 times for the Super Eagles and has served as a worthy replacement for Joseph Yobo at the heart of Nigeria’s defense where he combines effectively with William Troost Ekong, another half caste member of the Super Eagles’ squad.
Happy birthday, Coach Rohr! Happy birthday, Leon Balogun!
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