Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has said the reports that his captain, John Mikel Obi and vice-captain, Onazi Ogenyi are at loggerheads “is far from the truth”.
Speaking to the official website of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Rohr also addressed some other speculations that have been carried by the media.
“I have the utmost respect for Nigerian journalists, with whom I have had a warm relationship over the past two years that I have been in charge of this wonderful team (Super Eagles).
“Over the course of the past two years, I have met so many brilliant Nigerians including journalists who have offered great ideas and suggestions, but as in every profession, there are a number of bad eggs.
“For instance, someone reported that my captain, John Mikel Obi and his deputy, Ogenyi Onazi are at war, creating factions in camp. This is far from the truth.
“The other day, another person reported that I took money to include some players in the team. We are here preparing to do the country proud and someone come up with these lies. As the head of this team, I have a responsibility to protect the players and keep the family together and maintain the unity and solidarity,” the German said.
Rohr and his team are expected to arrive in Russia on Monday, ahead of their World Cup opener against Croatia on June 16.