German coach Gernot Rohr is pained that national team players on international duty for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Match Day 2 tie against Lesotho in Maseru risk getting injured since the match will be on an artificial pitch.
The Eagles face the Crocodiles of Lesotho on November 17th three days after hosting Benin Republic at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo and Rohr is reportedly miffed with CAF based on the arrangement.
“I have spoken to @CAF_Online about these issues. But I am not getting any positive reply from them. It is not right. After the Benin game in Uyo, we travel to Lesotho and must be ready that Sunday. And we are playing on an artificial surface. This really does not help us,” Rohr was quoted as saying by London -based journalist Osasu Obayiuwana on his Twitter handle.
“I know there are many people that prefer that I don’t talk about this situation and just keep quiet. But the principles of football must be defended. Players like @Ndidi25 and @J_Aribo19 come from winter conditions. Without proper adaptation, they risk getting injured.”
The 66-year-old coach has threatened to take up the matter with the International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPro) to avoid future occurrence.
“They are being asked to play under impossible conditions by @CAFOnline. This AFCON schedule is putting them at risk of injury. I am taking this matter up with @FIFPro and Philippe Piat, its president.
They must be concerned about players being put in this situation,” Obayiuwana further stated on his Twitter handle.