NEW COACH OF SUPER EAGLES PROMISE 2018 WORLD CUP
The newly appointed coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Gernot Rohr says he would take the three time African champions to the World Cup despite the tight qualification rope and even excel at the tournament.
The German tactician was announced this week by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), after the coach agreed to a two year deal to lead the side.
Rohr has worked with African sides like Gabon, Niger and Burkina Faso. In a statement credited to him on the official website of the NFF, Rohr said: “I have a German heart – the heart of a winner. I have confidence that with the right atmosphere and the right support, the Super Eagles have the capacity not only to qualify for the FIFA World Cup, but get to the latter stages of the competition.”
The 2018 World Cup to be hosted in Russia is a must for Nigeria as the fans are displeased with the NFF, especially after failing to yet again made the African Football tournament games despite being a popular footballing nation and winning the 2013 edition. The countries that Nigeria would vie for qualification include Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia.
The NFF had announced a coach but he rejected the job as he did not want to be given targets, based on the words of Federation’s Assistant Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire. He added that Rohr was comfortable with the terms and conditions of the job. He said the coach even promised to ensure the African country is represented well at the event in Russia in two years time. The 63-year old signed the deal at Abuja with the president Amaju Pinnick and the General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi signing on behalf of the federation. The first game of the qualifiers would be against Zambia in October.