The Nigeria Football Federation has handed Mr. Gernot Rohr a two-year contract as Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles. The simple ceremony at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja saw NFF President Amaju Pinnick and General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi signing on behalf of the Nigeria federation, in-between Mr. Rohr’s own signature. Pinnick said the former Gabon, Niger and Burkina Faso coach has been handed a target of qualifying the Super Eagles for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia. “We are happy that this has been sealed and we can now focus on other arrangements for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers starting in October,” said Pinnick. Rohr, clad in a simple shirt and jean trouser and wearing a smile, said: “I am enthusiastic to get to work. This is a big challenge because Nigeria has big players everywhere and has the ability to do well internationally.
“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.” Rohr, 63, will step out with the Super Eagles for the first time when Nigeria host Tanzania in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Port Harcourt in a few weeks. Although the match is a dead rubber as both teams are out of the running for the tournament, it serves as a test game for the Eagles ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier away to Zambia on 3rd October. Nigeria will also play Cameroon and Algeria in the qualifying race. Officials confirmed that Rohr is scheduled to embark on VIP scouting immediately, which includes flying to Spain to watch the NPFL All-Stars play against Atletico Madrid and Malaga in Cadiz on Friday, in the Trofoe Carranza tournament.
The German coached Bordeaux to the UEFA Cup final in 1996, where they lost to Bayern Munich over two legs. Bordeaux’s run to the final included a famous 3-0 win over AC Milan in the quarter-finals. Rohr was also the Sports Director of Eintracht Frankfurt from October 1998 until April 1999. Rohr has also worked with Étoile Sportive du Sahel and FC Nantes. He replaced French coach Alain Giresse as the coach of Gabon. He managed Niger from September 2012 to 2014 before taking up a job with Burkina Faso but was sacked by the West African country later. He was short-listed for the Guinea national team job in July 2016 before the Nigerian offer came up.