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Nigeria Sack Gernot Rohr

Nigeria have sacked coach Gernot Rohr with thirteen months left to his contract with the Super Eagles.

The federation confirmed his sacking on Sunday, ending weeks of speculation over the fate of the Franco-German.

The Franco-German registered mixed results in the African’s World Cup qualifiers that forced the Nigerian Football Federation to lose confidence in him.

“The relationship between the Nigeria Football Federation and Mr Rohr has come to an end,” the Nigeria FA general secretary Mohammed Sanusi said.

“We thank him for his services to the Super Eagles and Nigeria.”

The NFF has immediately announced Augustine Eguavoen as the new technical director and he will work with Salisu Yusuf as Chief Coach.

Silisu will be assisted by  Paul Aigbogun, Joseph Yobo and Terry Eguaoje while Aloysius Agu become the new 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.

Rohr was appointed in 2016 to as a permanent replacement for Sunday Oliseh.

He won his first match as Eagles coach and has a record of 29 wins, 13 losses and 10 draws in 54 matches in charge of the Nigerian senior national team.

But Nigeria struggled in Africa’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers as they had to wait until match-day six in order to secure the lone ticket from Group C. They were held to 1-1 draw by Cape Verde, a result that left fans disappointed.

The new technical advisor, Eguavoen was coach of the Super Eagles 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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