Sunday, 14 April, 2024

NFF sacks Gernot Rohr, appoints Eguavoen as interim Super Eagles coach

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have announced the sacking of Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr.

The German has been terminated from his role after five years in charge and has been replaced by Austin Eguavoen on an interim basis. 

Following a virtual meeting of the NFF Executive Committee on Sunday, it was decided that Eguavoen 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).

It was learnt that former Nigerian team captains: Augustine ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and Garba Lawal had also been appointed to provide technical and ambassadorial support for the crew.

Eguavoen coached the squad when it finished in third place at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt in 2006.

He is a former captain of the Super Eagles and was on-field captain when the Super Eagles lifted the Africa Cup in Tunisia 27 years ago.

He will now take charge of the team as it begins preparations for the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations taking place in Cameroon 9th January – 6th February 2022, and until the appointment of a substantive head coach.

Speaking to the media, NFF General Secretary 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.”

Gernot Rohr was in charge of the Super Eagles for five years, making him Nigeria’s longest-serving manager. 

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