The Super Eagles of Nigeria failed to secure a fourth title at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt and the job of the German tactician in charge of Nigeria has been put under the microscope.
Gernot Rohr was appointed by the Nigerian Football Federation in 2016 after the Super Eagles failed to secure qualification for two editions of the Africa Cup of Nations.
The German employed different methods as he began a project of rebuilding a Super Eagles’ squad strong enough to compete at the highest level. Rohr employed scouts such as Victor Agali to identify foreign-born players who are eligible and willing to play for Nigeria.
Rohr has also shown special concern to the overall career of the Nigerian players as he advised the stars to join club sides where they would get playing time in the best leagues in the world.
His methods have seen the average age of the Super Eagles squad drop because youngsters such as Henry Onyekuru, Victor Osimhen, and Samuel Chukwueze have been included in the senior squad which has not been the norm in Nigerian history.
However, while the rebuilding phase has been going on, Nigerians have not been particularly happy with the results on the pitch. Nigeria failed to make it past the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup although Rohr secured qualification with one game left to play.
The Super Eagles also made it to the AFCON Finals for the first time since 2013 but fell to a late defeat to the Desert Foxes of Algeria meant that the West-Africans would play the third-place match against Tunisia.
Should Rohr’s rebuilding process continue or should the German boss be sacked so that another coach can take up the project? Our analysts at Opera TV discuss the pros and cons of keeping Rohr as Nigeria plan to move on from the disappointment of AFCON 2019.
Join the conversation in the comment section and let us know if you think Gernot Rohr should be kept on as the boss of the Super Eagles or if he should be sacked.