Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has denied report suggesting he compared Queens Park Rangers midfielder Eberechi Eze and Liverpool player Ovie Ejaria.
The report said Rohr would prefer to have in his team, Ejaria rather than Eze.
The Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick has met with Eze and his father in an attempt to convince the player to pledge his international allegiance to the Super Eagles.
“My attention has been drawn to some statements online that I have described Reading FC player Ovie Ejaria as a better player than Queens Park Rangers’ Ebere Eze and so the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) should get him in the team immediately,” reads a quote credited to Rohr on the official Twitter handle of the Super Eagles on Tuesday.
“This is totally false and very disrespectful to both players. I never compare players and I have not asked the NFF to make any approach for the player in question.
“I will never ask the NFF publicly to approach any player for our team. We have our processes and it certainly doesn’t include sharing such information publicly.
“Furthermore I think there must be restraint in press statements purportedly quoting me and my person in terms of interviews.
“I share a very good relationship with the media in Nigeria but this must not be abused to the extent of misquoting me and making wrong claims about my person.”
Like Eze, Ejaria, who is on loan to Reading, was born in England to Nigerian parents and has represented England at U21 level.
Coach Gernot Rohr: "My attention has been drawn to some statements online that I have described Reading FC player Ovie Ejaria as a better player than Queens Park Rangers' Ebere Eze and so the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) should get him in the team immediately. #Thread— 🇳🇬 Super Eagles (@NGSuperEagles) December 10, 2019
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