The Nigeria Football Federation has announced the contract termination of Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr, https://www.aclsports.com reports.
News about the German’s departure had been circulating in the media for about a month following an underwhelming performance during the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Although Nigeria made it to the playoffs, this clearly did not sit well with the NFF and the hunt for a new coach had been on since then.
As contained in the official statement released by the football body, the decision was arrived at after a meeting was held by the Executive Committee on Sunday.
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NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi said: “The relationship between the Nigeria Football Federation and Mr. Rohr has come to an end. We thank him for his services to the Super Eagles and Nigeria. We also want to thank the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports for their collaboration and guidance all through.”
Rohr, who has been in the role since 2016, leaves Nigeria as her longest-serving manager, taking them to two Africa Cup of Nations (2019 and 2021) and the 2018 World Cup.
In a related development, NFF’s Technical Director Augustine Eguavoen has been appointed as the head coach of the Super Eagles on an interim basis. The former captain of the National team will work with Salisu Yusuf (Chief Coach); Paul Aigbogun (Assistant Coach); Joseph Yobo (Assistant Coach); Dr Terry Eguaoje (Assistant Coach) and Aloysius Agu (Goalkeeper Trainer).
Similarly, former Nigeria captains Augustine ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and Garba Lawal have also been appointed to provide technical and ambassadorial support for the crew.
Eguavoen is expected to lead the nation’s preparations ahead of the AFCON in Cameroon in January 2022, until the appointment of a permanent Head Coach is made.