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NFF sacks Rohr, appoints Eguavoen as interim Super Eagles coach

GERNOT Rohr has been officially sacked as Super Eagles head coach, the Nigeria Football Federation has announced.

The German was formally relieved of his duties on Sunday after five years in charge.
In Rohr’s place, former Super Eagles captain and head coach Austin Eguavoen will step in as the interim boss.

“The Nigeria Football Federation has appointed Mr Augustine Eguavoen, currently its Technical Director, as the Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles on an interim basis,” the NFF said on Sunday night in a press release made available to Naija Times.

“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 the decision to finally fire Rohr was made at a virtual meeting of the NFF Executive Committee on Sunday, when it was also 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 also been appointed to provide technical and ambassadorial support for the crew.

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.”

Eguavoen, who won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations as the Super Eagles vice-captain, was the team’s head coach at the 2006 AFCON in Egypt when they finished third.

He also worked with the Nigeria U-23s but they failed to qualify for the 2012 Olympics under his guidance.

The NFF says Eguavoen will take charge of the Super Eagles as they begin preparations for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon in January and until the appointment of a substantive head coach.

Rohr’s termination was held up by the financial package to pay him off, which has now apparently been sorted out.

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