The Nigerian senior team for men, dubbed the Super Eagles, represents Nigeria in men’s international football and it is managed by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF).
The Super Eagles have lifted the African Cup of Nations three times; the most recent being when they grabbed the coveted title in 2013, after beating Burkina Faso in the final match.
The Super Eagles have qualified to play in more than 5 FIFA-organized World Cup competitions, although they could not take part in the 2006 edition.
Premium Times report that the President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has formally established that an agreement has been struck with Gernot Rohr to continue as tactician of the Nigerian Super Eagles.
While making the development public via his official Twitter handle on Wednesday, the Nigeria Football Federation President also added that qualifying to play in the 2022 World Cup and winning the next edition of the African Cup of Nations were two definite targets Nigeria expects Rohr to help them achieve.
Amaju said he felt satisfied that the NFF and Coach Rohr have concluded all agreements regarding the contract and that Rohr would be extending his stay as coach of one of Africa’s most celebrated teams.
In another development, the Daily Mail reports that the news of the extension of the German tactician’s contract as henchman of the Super Eagles ends every rumor that Harry Redknapp was to launch a surprise return to national team football with Nigeria.
Redknapp who was former manager with Portsmouth and Tottenham football club in the English Premier League had been associated with the Super Eagles job after being touted as a suitable replacement for Rohr.
The BBC also reports that Rohr’s deal with the NFF was expected to end in June 2019, although Nigeria’s football house had not been swift about mentioning the details of any contract renewal since then.
In a statement last week, the football federation said the executive committee had assigned the responsibility of liaising with the Super Eagles coach to the general secretary with the expectation that he would help settle all issues regarding Rohr’s contract.
The BBC asserts the Nigerian Football Association denies making any previous link to the experienced Redknapp, who had previously managed the Jordanian national team in 2016.
The Guardian Newspaper reports that Rohr was first appointed coach in August 2016 and awarded a three-year contract after former national team player, Sunday Oliseh exit as the Super Eagles’ team coach.
Many Nigerians have beefed Rohr for not looking in the direction of soccer players from the Nigerian domestic football league. Football watchers suggest that Rohr should be made to sign an agreement to always invite a good number of players in the domestic league to feature in national team matches.
As persuasive as the stance seems, Amaju says he has no doubt about Rohr’s potential to deliver a great success in the Qatar 2022 World Cup and the next edition of the Nations’ Cup.
Also, the head of Nigeria’s football-governing authority said he has a strong persuasion Rohr would help Nigeria get greater success.