Earlier in the year, it was looking like the days of the Franco-German coach were numbered as the NFF delayed in extending his initial contract which would have expired in June. The delay sparked speculations that the Nigeria Football Federation was planning to get rid of him and bring in another coach.
Months ago, the news broke that the coach has begun to discuss his future with the football governing body in Nigeria. The discussions were said to be filled with misunderstandings which further delayed the extension of Rohr’s contract.
In a twist of events, the 66-year-old coach told The Cable that he and the NFF have reached an agreement to continue working on building a stronger Super Eagles team.
“Yes, I can confirm that we found an agreement with NFF to continue our collaboration for two and half years”, he said.
“I am proud of the confidence shown by NFF, it is rare to work in the same national team for more than six years. Our team has a good future, our players have discipline and the staff is working in the same spirit.
“I am happy to continue with the squad we built together for 4 years. Stability is important for progress and complicity.
“There is still big work to do. With the commitment of the players and the support of the fans, we will able to do great things.”
Gernot Rohr who has been the coach of the Super Eagles since 2016, has helped the team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup but didn’t go beyond the group stage. He also helped the country to qualify for Africa Nations Cup but only managed to win the 8th bronze for Nigeria.
During this his second phase of managing the Super Eagles, the expectations will be to qualify the country for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the next Africa Cup of Nations. Football fans in Nigeria who are very critical of him would want nothing less than a 4th Africa Cup of Nations trophy from him.
“Yes, we want to go to the next Afcon and do very well there. And we want to start the World Cup qualifiers well and participate in Qatar with good results there, ” Gernot Rohr affirmed.