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Nigeria Sack Coach After Securing WCQ Play-Off Spot

Nigeria have sacked head coach Gernot Rohr despite qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-offs.

The Super Eagles secured their place in the third round of the African World Cup qualifiers this week after a 1-1 draw against Cape Verde but it wasn’t enough to appease the Nigeria Football Federation.

Rohr, who was in charge of the Super Eagles for five years has been heavily criticised by fans and media for his conservative approach and tactics.

The tactician who led Nigeria to third place at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations was reportedly not paid by the NFF on several occasions has now officially been relieved of his duties.

“The Nigeria Football Federation has appointed Mr Augustine Eguavoen, currently its Technical Director, as the Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles on an interim basis,” the NFF said in a statement.

“This is with immediate effect, and follows the termination of the relationship with Franco-German Gernot Rohr, who has been in charge of the three –time African champions for the past 64 months, and is Nigeria’s longest –serving manager.

“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). Former Nigeria captains Augustine ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and Garba Lawal have been appointed to provide technical and ambassadorial support for the crew.”

General Secretary of the NFF, 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.”

In his 57 games in charge, Rohr secured 31 wins, 12 draws and lost 14 games – scoring 83 goals while conceding 53.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.