Nigeria hires German coach for Super Eagles

Nigeria Football Federation has signed on German national Gernot Rohr for a two-year contract as technical adviser of Super Eagles, the senior male national football team.

Rohr, 63, had previously coached three other African national teams – Gabon, Niger and Burkina Faso. He has also coached top French club Girondins Bordeaux and elite Tunisian side Etoile du Sahel.

The signing took place in Abuja with NFF President Amaju Pinnick and General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi initialling the contract on behalf of the federation.

Pinnick said that, under the agreement, the technical adviser has been handed a target of qualifying Super Eagles for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.

“We are happy that this [deal] has been sealed and we can now focus on other arrangements for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers starting in October,” he added.

On his part, Rohr said: “I am enthusiastic to get to work. This is a big challenge because Nigeria has big players everywhere and has the ability to do well internationally. I have a German heart, the heart of a winner. I have confidence that with the right atmosphere and the right support, the Super Eagles have the capacity not only to qualify for the FIFA World Cup, but get to the latter stages of the competition.”

Rohr will step out with the Super Eagles for the first time when Nigeria hosts Tanzania in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Port Harcourt in a few weeks.

Although the match is a dead rubber as both teams are out of the running for the tournament, it serves as a test game for the Eagles ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier away to Zambia on 3 October. Nigeria will also play Cameroon and Algeria in the qualifying race.