Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, has revealed that he recommended Arsenal forward, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, to Bordeaux, while he was in charge of the Gabonese national team.
Rohr still has close links with Bordeaux, where he spent 21 years, first as a player, then a coach, from 1977-1998.
The Ligue 1 side having missed out on signing Aubameyang decided to sign another Gabon player, Andre Poko, recommended by Rohr.
Rohr while speaking with Gold FM’s Le Point G, said: “When I was the coach of Gabon, I recommended Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Bordeaux, but it did not happen.”
“On the other hand, there was one named André Poko, 18, who came for nothing and was sold expensive then.”
“He made a mistake at the end (his picture smoking shisha dressed in a jersey of Olympique de Marseille, Ed), yes, but he was not very mature unfortunately and he should not be remembered for that because he has also done good things.”
“In any case, I know a lot of quality players in Africa, so why not put it in the service of the Girondins. It would be with pleasure.”
Since Rohr’s appointment, Bordeaux has signed two Nigerian players: Samuel Kalu and Josh Maja.