Breaking: NFF Fires Rohr, Appoints Former Super Eagles Star As Interim Coach

Gernot Rohr

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed the sacking Gernot Rohr as Super Eagles technical adviser.

The NFF confirmed the development on its website on Sunday night.

Former Super Eagles’ player and coach Augustine Eguavoen was appointed as the interim coach of the three-time African champions.

Eguavoen’s appointment is with immediate effect, which brings to an end the NFF’s relationship with Franco-German Gernot Rohr.

Breaking: NFF Fires Rohr, Appoints Former Super Eagles Star As Interim Coach - Vantage News Nigeria
Austin Eguavoen

He has been in charge of the Eagles for the past five years and is Nigeria’s longest-serving manager.

After its virtual meeting on Sunday, the NFF Executive Committee 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.

“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,” NFF General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi said.

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

Eguavoen, a former Nigeria captain, was coach of the squad when it 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 it begins preparations for the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations taking place in Cameroon 9th January – 6th February 2022, and until the appointment of a substantive head coach.

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