Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr has been invited to participate in an online video conference this week involving coaches of men’s national teams of the FIFA member federations.
The meetings which will be presided over by Arsene Wenger, who is the world football ruling body’s Chief of Global Football Development, will hold on Tuesday, October 19 2021 and Thursday, October 21 2021.
The former Arsenal Manager is charged with the responsibility of overseeing a consultation touching on a potential new football calendar from 2024 – international windows, the FIFA World Cup every two years, as well as about players’ health, and other pertinent matters concerning men’s national football teams.
The biennial FIFA World Cup proposal is expected to be a hotly debated topic during the men’s national team coaches’ online consultation with Wenger.
And while the idea of hosting the World Cup biennially is being fully backed by Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), it’s unclear if Rohr will is on the same page as his employer and speak in favour of it during the online meetings.
It would be recalled that a vast majority of African players and coaches have spoken nicely about the proposed change, but it remains to be seen if the idea would receive FIFA’s approval.
“As a coach of the men`s national teams, their input is essential. Opportunities for us to come together are few and far between, but we must embrace these occasions as such dialogue helps us all to protect the unique place that football has in the world and to make it truly global,” Wenger said in a Press Release put out by FIFA on Monday.
The statement added: “Consultations with all stakeholders are continuing and FIFA reminds fans from around the world they can send their ideas and feedback on the new football calendar.
“Two-time FIFA Women`s World Cup winning coach Jill Ellis is leading the Technical Advisory Group for women’s football.”