NFF reveals decision on Rohr’s future after AFCON disappointment

The Nigerian Football Federation has reached a decision on the future of Super Eagles boss, Gernot Rohr following the disappointing defeat at the hands of the Desert Foxes of Algeria at the semi-final of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt.

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The German tactician, Gernot Rohr will remain on as Nigeria head coach, despite the country’s Africa Cup of Nations disappointment in Egypt. The Super Eagles failed in their bid to win a fourth African title after defeat to Algeria, but the NFF has decided to stick by the manager.

The Super Eagles’ hopes of a fourth AFCON title faded into thin air following a devastating last-minute free-kick from Manchester City winger, Mahrez in the semi-final. Defeat to Djamel Belmadi’s men prompted much criticism over Rohr’s tenure in Nigeria and led to calls for the sack of the German boss.

However, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has dismissed rumours suggesting the German will be sacked, insisting he will stay at the helm, having met their 2019 Afcon target. However, he will be sent on a training session with German giants Bayern Munich, with a view of upgrading his technical ability. NFF boss Amaju Pinnick informed journalist Osasu Obayiuwana on this development.

#AFCON2019 exclusive: “Gernot Rohr will not be sacked as @NGSuperEagles coach. He will remain in the job. I have complete confidence in him,” @thenff President @PinnickAmaju told @osasuo on Monday night. “Gernot has taken us to the semi-final, the target we set for him… pic.twitter.com/y43HjjpHqP
— Osasu Obayiuwana (@osasuo) July 16, 2019

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“Gernot Rohr will not be sacked as Super Eagles coach. He will remain in the job. I have complete confidence in him,” Pinnick revealed. “Gernot has taken us to the semi-final, the target we set for him. Right now, we have a third-place match to play for and we intend to have our team leave Egypt with honours.

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“There are some people that have been calling on me and the federation to sack Gernot. But I am not going to do that. In fact, Gernot is going on a refresher training period with Bayern Munich after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. We have a long-term plan with him.
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“We have had rocky and difficult moments in our relationship, but this is normal in any relationship between two people, Pinnick said. “He is a good coach and we want him to remain with us. That said, we will work together on what needs to be improved upon.”

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Rohr was appointed as Super Eagles boss in 2016, qualified and led Nigeria to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, where they were knocked out at the group stage following an injury-time winner for Argentina.

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