The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Sunday finally shoved off the Franco-German Super Eagles Head Coach, 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.
The NFF promptly appointed for Super Eagles handler, Augustine Eguavoen, currently its Technical Director, as the Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles on an interim basis.
This is with immediate effect, and follows the termination of the relationship with 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.”
Eguavoen, a former Nigeria captain, was coach of the squad when it finished in third place at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt in 2006.
He was on-field captain when the Super Eagles lifted the Africa Cup for the first time on away ground, 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.
There had been an uncertainty surrounding the continued handling of the Super Eagles job for Gernot Rohr who was accused of absolutely low performance against lowly rated CAR and Cape Verde teams which almost pumped up the high blood pressure of top stake holders of Nigerian football.
Eguavoen an Edo man is expected to hit the ground moving especially that the Super Eagles will trade tackles with arch rival Egypt in the opener of the African Cup of Nations in Cameroun in less than three weeks now.
- Eniola Olatunji with further report from Blueprint.