Coach Gernot Rohr is ready to make Nigeria champions again in the fourth Africa Cup of Nations triumph. He said that he made sacrifices in the new contract.
Gernot Rohr, a German manager and former footballer, has extended his stay in Nigeria by two years. This was after he agreed to a pay cut. The 66 years old coach will reside in Nigeria.
Rohr’s journey to greatness.
Rohr, the German-born coach, will now be earning $49,000 instead of $55,000 he used to make. Germon will also spend most of his time in Nigeria, at least ten months a year. This is entirely his journey to make Nigeria champions.
“This is a special job because this is my team, I built it with my staff,” the former Niger and Gabon coach said Monday on local television.
“It’s a very young team, but the mission is not finished yet, so we want to continue.”
“We all have to make sacrifices, and I will be the first.”
The Super Eagles, Nigeria National football team, have won the African Cup of Nation in 1980,1994, and 2013 making the total wins to be three. Gernot Rohr, his target is to make the Super Eagles champions again.
He was very strategic in his speech. He said that the focus is to first qualify for the Nations Cup and the winning it. Gernot noted that the team had made steps since he started managing the team in 2016. To confirm that, the team is number three in Africa as opposed to number 13 back in 2016. Rohr went further to verify that the team is good enough to win.
“We have worked together for the past four years, and I hope we can progress.”
Gernot led the Super Eagles to the third position last year’s Africa Cup held in Egypt. They lost 2-1 to Algeria in the semi-finals.
The Big Win
The Super Eagles topped their group for the 2021 Nation Cup. This was after winning their first games played against Benin and Lesotho.
The top two teams in the group will have the privilege to advance to the final tournament.
Rohr has faced criticism for overlooking Nigerian players for the past four years he has been coaching Super Eagles.
Rohr has insisted that only the best will make his squad despite being told by his employer’s orders to select players from the domestic league. He said that he wouldn’t do it alone but with the help of other professionals, but what sticks is to pick the best players no matter where they come from.