NFF Sacks Franco-German As Eagles Coach

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Eguavoen takes over as interim boss

The Nigeria Football Federation on Sunday terminated the contract of Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr, and appointed Augustine Eguavoen, to take charge as the team’s Technical Adviser 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 NFF said in a statement signed by its spokesman Ademola Olajire.

 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.

“We also want to thank the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports for their collaboration and guidance all through.”

The federation added that following a virtual meeting of the NFF Executive Committee on Sunday, it was decided that Eguavoen would 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 Austin Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and Garba Lawal were also appointed to provide technical and ambassadorial support for the crew.

Eguavoen, a former Eagles captain, was coach of the squad when they finished in third place at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt in 2006. He was on-field captain when the Super Eagles lifted the Africa Cup for the first time on away ground, in Tunisia 27 years ago.

He will now take charge of the team as they begin preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6, 2022, and until the appointment of a substantive head coach.

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