Gernot Rohr has received a vote of confidence from
former Nigeria international John Utaka to continue
coaching the senior national team amid speculation
surrounding his future.
The onetime Lens, Rennes and Montpellier striker
made his thoughts known during an interview with
French radio station ARL FM on Thursday.
”Gernot Rohr? I think he is a good coach and he has
proven it,” Utaka said on the radio programme Top
“Nigeria just had a good AFCON (3rd place) and there
are good results in friendly matches, like against
Brazil. He is a very good coach, I like him.”
Samuel Kalu is not a guaranteed starter at Bordeaux
in the 2019-2020 season, making just three starts in
the last ten games in the Ligue 1, but Utaka is backing
the winger to retain his place in the Super Eagles
“If Samuel Kalu can be regular under his (Rohr)
orders? In football, everything is possible, and it also
depends on what the coach puts in place . But with
work everything is possible and work is what pays in
the end,” he concluded.
Utaka earned 49 caps for the Super Eagles before
hanging up his boots and was part of the squad to the
2002 and 2010 World Cups.