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Finally, NFF sacks Rohr, appoints Eguavoen interim Super Eagles’ boss

The Nigeria Football Federation has sacked German coach, Gernot Rohr with immediate effect and has appointed Mr Augustine Eguavoen, currently its Technical Director, as the Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles on an interim basis

Rohr 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.”

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.

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In May 2020, Rohr signed a contract extension to keep him in charge of the Super Eagles until after the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar with the hefty payout clause.

The coach, who earns around $55,000 monthly, is paid partly by some of the NFF’s sponsors including Aieto Insurance and other prominent companies.

The sponsors are said to have grown frustrated by the team’s poor displays in recent times and have been pushing for Rohr’s dismissal.

Last month, the Central African Republic defeated the Super Eagles in Lagos during the recently concluded FIFA World Cup qualifiers, drawing criticisms from a large section of football fans across Nigeria.

The climax of that anger against Rohr and the poor displays of the team came in the last two matches of the qualifiers against Liberia and Cape Verde where the Eagles struggled to grind out the needed result to qualify for the play-offs.

Rohr was appointed head coach of the Super Eagles in August 2016 and led the team to a third-place finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

He had previously coached Burkina Faso and Tunisia before his appointment by Nigeria.

He took over from former Super Eagles midfielder, Sunday Oliseh, who left the job months after his appointment following a disagreement with the NFF.

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