Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr Confirms New 2-Year Deal
Gernot Rohr has confirmed reports swirling that he’s signed a two year contract extension as head coach of the Nigeria senior national team, Super Eagles, following qualification for the World Cup 2018 in Russia.
It is understood that the German’s contract carries a clause that triggers a two year extension if he qualifies Nigeria for the 2018 World Cup, and that has now come into force after the Eagles beat Zambia early this month to become the first African country to clinch a spot at the Mundial.
According to Vanguard, Rohr confirmed that he’d been told by the President of the Nigeria Football Federation ( NFF) Amaju Pinnick that his contract had been extended, with the signing ceremony slated for sometime before the World Cup.
“The (NFF) president has already told me that my contract will be extended for another two years,” the 64-year-old former Gabon and Burkina Faso coach told French newspaper L’Equipe.
He however played down the tag given to him as saviour of Nigerian football, insisting that the quality of the players at his disposal helped him to a smooth qualification campaign for the Russia Mundial.
“I do not know if I’m considered the saviour, but as a coach who had the chance to qualify for the World Cup and did what it took to get there. I arrived at a time when everyone was wondering how to get out of the shadows, after two consecutive non-qualification for the AFCON. They were really at the bottom of the hole. We could only go back up.”
Rohr’s men next travel to Algeria for a World Cup qualifier dead-rubber, before a glamour tie against two-time World Cup winners Argentina in Russia in preparation for next year’s World Cup finals.