Rohr: Why I agreed to extend contract

Rohr: Why I agreed to extend contract by 2 and half years

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Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has extended his deal with the national team by two and a half years until the 2022 World Cup, the sportsbay.com reports.

Speaking on Radio France, the German tactician accepted a pay cut also agreed to stay in Nigeria as he continues to be in charge till 2022 as he is expected to sign the contract extension next week.

He also said that Super Eagles which is dominated by young but inexperience players is what motivated him to agree to pen the deal despite the stringent conditions that was included in the new contract.

According to reports, among other things, Rohr is expected to qualify and lead Nigeria to the African Nations Cup next year and the 2022 World Cup

Rohr’s appointment as coach of Nigeria in 2016 was met with doubts because his CV wasn’t that impressive. But the NFF, led by president Amaju Pinnick, stuck by its choice in the face of popular dissent.

His faith was quickly rewarded by the ease with which Rohr led Nigeria through a perilous 2018 World Cup qualifying group featuring Cameroon, the reigning African champions at the time, as well as Algeria and Zambia, which have both conquered the continent before.

The Super Eagles were the first African side to qualify for the World Cup, doing so with a game to spare and finishing so far ahead of second-place Zambia that even a points deduction – for fielding an ineligible player in the final qualifier – barely registered.

Having qualified the team for the World Cup in Russia, leading Super Eagles to the group stage outing, he led the three-time African champions to win the bronze at the 2019 African Nations Cup in Morocco.

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Meanwhile, a former Pharaohs of Egypt coach Hector Cuper is disappointed with the decision of the NFF to hand Rohr a new contract.

Cuper’s Egyptian-born assistant, Mahmoud Ahmed, told Premium Times that the Argentine was waiting to pounce on the Nigeria’s job should Rohr failed to agree a new deal with the NFF.

“Mr Cuper is ever ready to work in Africa with Nigeria and Ghana as countries of preference because of its abundant talents,” Mahmoud said.

“We had hoped to land Ghana job but GFA decided to close its door on foreign coaches and settled for Charles Akunor. Our attention was shifted to Nigeria and we felt salary problem between Rohr and Nigeria might be a problem.

“But its looks impossible now that Nigeria have decided to extend Rohr’s contract.”

Cuper is still without a job after he was sacked by the Uzbekistan FA in September 2019

About Olusola 'Jide

I'm an avid and seasoned sports/ multimedia journalist. I have a biased love for Real Madrid and passionate advocate for the overall growth of the Nigeria Sports Project. I can be reached on 09077894123 or/and 'info@thesportsbay.com'

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