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UPDATED: Eguavoen, Salisu to lead Super Eagles as NFF sacks Rohr

UPDATED: Eguavoen, Salisu to lead Super Eagles as NFF sacks Rohr

The Nigeria Football Federation has announced the termination of Gernot Rohr as Super Eagles coach.

This was announced in a statement by the Communications Department of the NFF on Sunday.

The NFF also announced the appointment of Austin Eguavoen as the Eagles interim Technical Adviser.

“The Nigeria Football Federation has appointed Mr 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 Franco-German 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 statement said in part.

The NFF also announced other coaches who will assist Eguavoen in leading the Super Eagles.

“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,” the statement further read.

Rohr was appointed as Eagles coach on August 5, 2016.

He led the team in 54 games, winning 28 out of those games.

Rohr’s single medal for the Eagles was the bronze medal won at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

He also qualified the Eagles for the 2018 World Cup, crashing out in the first round.

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.

While the NFF didn’t disclose if Eguavoen will lead the Eagles to the 2021 AFCON, the federation said, “He (Eguavoen) 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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