NFF sacks Super Eagles coach 26 days to Nations Cup


Rohr (file photo)

NFF appoints Eguavoen as Super Eagles’ interim manager

By Valentine Amanze

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has at last terminated the contract of Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr, following a virtual meeting of its Executive Committee on Sunday December 12, 2021.

Though no reason was immediately given for the sack of the Franco-German, who had been in charge of the three-time African champions [Nigeria] for the past 64 months, sources said it might not be unconnected with the Super Eagles’ current form.

Besides, the NFF did not disclose whether it had paid Rohr his outstanding wages/ salaries.

But, in the interim, it appointed ex-international, Augustine Eguavoen, currently its Technical Director, as the Technical Adviser, with immediate effect thus ending NFF’s

relationship Rohr, who has been in charge of the three-time African champions for the past 64 months and is Nigeria’s longest-serving manager.

It was also disclosed after the meeting 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).

Also former Super Eagles captains – Augustine ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu – and Garba Lawal have been appointed to provide technical and ambassadorial support for the crew.

Also, the NFF General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, confirmed Rohr’s sack yesterday.

He 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.”

Recall that 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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