New Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has expressed his pleasure with the performance of the NPFL All Stars team in spite
of their 4-1 loss to Malaga on Saturday and the Trofeo Ramon De Carranza.
Rohr, who was appointed coach of the national only less than a week ago was in Cadiz to watch the game and said the loss
of the Enyimba players definitely affected their play.
“I’m aware that some players had to leave before the game and again the wind was strong so I wouldn’t really take much
away from them,’ Rohr said.
“It was a real difficult game for this young team and it could not have been easy against a Spanish side. I really hope
next time would be better,” he said.
The German added that the NPFL All Stars side was a good representation of the Nigerian league and he would be watching
league games from now on.
“It is a good representation of the Nigerian league and its good to have it in Spain for international exposure. I will
be coming to watch some Nigerian league games very soon too.”
Meanwhile coach of the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL All Star team, Salisu Yusus said the loss of his
players from Enyimba contributed to the 4-1 defeat they got in the hands of Malaga CF.
The game, second of the 62nd Trofeo Ramon De Carranza saw the NPFL All Stars start well, better than they did against
Valencia on Wednesday, only to cave in later in the game.
Salisu Yusuf said after the game that there was nothing they could do about losing the Enyimba players since they had a
crucial game in the CAF Champions League.
“I was asked this question before the game and the answer I gave was simply that it’s a lesson we have learned. Maybe
next time we will come with more players, or not bring players who will have important assignments with their clubs.
“Because of the shortage of players we had to play some out of position and we will do the same thing against Athletico
Madrid on Saturday,” Salisu said.
He however, added that he has learned some lessons as a coach in this Spanish adventure.
“I saw the free flowing football exhibited by Valencia, the speed of their passes and their ability to make quick
“Against Malaga I also learned a lot. It’s a good lesson for us. Remember this is the first time and we know the next
time out we will do better,” Salisu said.
The NPFL All Stars will next play Athletico Madrid in the third place match on Saturday.