Super Eagles’ coach Gernot Rohr on Sunday in Lagos expressed his preference for Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matches to be played on grass pitch stadiums as opposed to the synthetic pitches on display.
Rohr said this in a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after the NPFL Match Day 12 fixture between Lagos-based MFM FC and Heartland FC of Owerri at the Agege Stadium.
The coach said while he was impressed with the standard of the league he believed it would be better improved if games were played on grass as against synthetic pitches.
“I am here to see MFM FC play once again after the CAF Champions League fixture which they won. I am also here to see the other team, Heartland FC.
“What I also noticed is that the league is being played on synthetic pitches. That is old-fashioned because the sun is not favourable playing on such turf.
“Synthetic pitches are hot during the sun and it is not the best for the players,’’ he said.
Rohr also declared he would like to discover other players outside the ones he had shortlisted for the upcoming Super Eagles’ matches, so as to ascertain their level of commitment and play.
“I am not here to see those players on my list, but discover more players and to see the level of the league, which is better for me.
“I want to see those that are doing better and to discover other teams. This is where I can watch the team play because there are no NPFL clubs playing in Abuja.
“The level of the league is interesting and I must commend the teams for their good spirit, though none of the players are in my list,’’ he said.
The match ended with MFM FC defeating Heartland FC by 3-0, with goals from Stanley Okorom (8th minute), Chuka Uwaga (88th minute) and Tchato Giscard (92nd minute).