A reputable Nigerian media platform has reported that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have finally announced the dismissal of Gernot Rohr as Super Eagles coach.
Former International Full back Austin Eguavoen will take temporary charge of the team.
This official announcement brings to an end several weeks of speculations and subplots regarding the future of the controversial German coach as Super Eagles manager.
Rohr, whose initial engagement with the NFF commenced in 2016, had a contract until the end of 2022 following the unadvisable renewal of his contract in 2020.
Following that renewal, Rohr failed to defeat strong African teams like Algeria, Senegal and Cameroon before limping to the final line of the 2022 world cup second round qualifiers with a depressing brand of football.
General Secretary of the NFF, Mohammed Sanusi, reportedly 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.” Eguavoen previously had a stint as Super Eagles coach was coach when his ward finished in third place at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt in 2006.
He was the on-field captain when the Super Eagles lifted the Africa Cup for the first time on away ground, in Tunisia 27 years ago.
He is also best infamously remembered for his rash tackle that led to the penalty that kicked Nigeria out of the 1994 World Cup against Italy in the second round.
The 56 year old Sapele born coach 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.
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); 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.
Retention of the bulk of Rohr's Nigerian backroom staff with the injection of legendary Ex-internationals is expected to provide continuity and inspiration to the Super Eagles for the Africa Cup of Nations.
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