The mother of Nigeria Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr was a special football mom. The German coach has described the late 97-year-old’s impact.
Rohr mom’s sadly left this world on Thursday, just three days before the 67-year-old German coach broke the silence over the loss.
Speaking to the media on Sunday, Rohr revealed his mom to be the football mother many fathers can only be inspired by.
“My Mum was really a football mum who encouraged me and my other four brothers in the art of playing football,” Rohr said via Brila.
“She was always in every game we played. Even when we played in the same team she was there to watch us and often quarreled with fans who insulted my brothers in matches.”
Rohr continued with a quick antidote that describes how his parents met, how she caught the football bug. The coach's memory also touches on the German war.
“She was a handball Champion while playing for Mannheim Handball team in Germany. She met my father who incidentally played for Mannheim Football team during a football match at the tunnel. From there their love story started and developed an interest in each other. After that six of us (children) were born. So it was the beginning of a nice history in a football family of Rohr added.
“I will surely miss her but she enjoyed a long healthy, good life. She and my late father raised us during the war where they had to hide in the forest in order to escape bullets and bombs. Then after the war, they lived a good life with all of us,” concluded Rohr.
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