NFF sacks Gernot Rohr

Gernot Rohr

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has sacked Gernot Rohr as coach of the Super Eagles.

“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,” a statement from NFF stated on Sunday.

The federation also appointed former international Augustine Eguavoen, currently its technical director, as the technical adviser of the Super Eagles on an interim basis.

The statement added, “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.”

NFF general secretary Mohammed Sanusi thanked the federal ministry of youth and sports for “collaboration and guidance”.

“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,” Sanusi added.

Eguavoen will be looking to guide the team to success at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon pending the appointment of a substantive head coach.

The ex-international was coach of the squad when it finished in third place at AFCON 2006 in Egypt. During his playing days, he was vice captain of the team that won an AFCON title in Tunisia 27 years ago.