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Nigerian Coach Rohr Blames Poor Pitches At 2017 Afcon

Head coach of Nigeria Gernot Rohr has said standards at the on-going 2017 Total Africa Cup of Nations Afcon are being affected by the poor playing surfaces.
Franceville Stadium hosting the Group B matches.

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Head coach of Nigeria Gernot Rohr has said standards at the on-going 2017 Total Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) are being affected by the poor playing surfaces.

“It is difficult to play good football on the poor pitches because the players cannot express themselves freely,” Rohr who is working as a pundit for a French television channel told The Associated Press during an interview in Libreville on Friday.

There has been a lot of complain that some of the injuries sustained by players have been as a result of the poor pitches. Rohr gave an example of Stade de L'amitie which he describes as good when viewed from the tribune and the terraces but very hard on the surface. “Players and coaches are not satisfied with the playing surface,” he added.

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Already players like Ahmed El Shennary (Egypt), Baba Rahman (Ghana), Mario Lamina (Gabon), Knowledge Musoma (Zimbabwe), Jonathan Zongo and Jonathan Pitroipa (Burkina Faso) have all picked bad injuries on the playing surfaces.

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan also blamed the Port Gentil Stadium playing surface after his team defeated Uganda 1-0 in a Group D match played on Tuesday. “This pitch is not very good as there is a lot of sand which makes it hard,” Gyan who was brought down in the box for Ghana to score a penalty through Andrew Ayew told URN.

Uganda Cranes defender Hassan Wasswa Mawanda also complained that the playing surface in Port Gentil is very hard. “The playing field was very hard, but I guess we shall get used to it in our second game against Egypt on Saturday,” said Mawanda

Former Senegal international Khalilou Fadiga who is now a member of one of the technical and development committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said at the Radison Blue Hotel on Friday that the pitches should not be blamed for the performances. “I think the pitches are good and playable. Let the players not expect the pitches in Africa to be like those in Europe,” added the former Club Brugge and Auxerre midfielder.

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