Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr is to stay on as Super Eagles coach, ending months of protracted contract negotiations.
Despite being offered a new contract in April 2020 – two months to the end of his current contract, there were doubts about his future owing to new demands made by the NFF.
All contractual discussions have now been concluded and Rohr who was first appointed in June 2016 will continue his work with the Super Eagles as confirmed by NFF president Amaju Pinnick in a series of tweets.
“I’m happy to announce that the NFF and coach Gernot Rohr have concluded all contractual discussions and he will stay on as coach of the Super Eagles,” Pinnick tweeted.
“We have always had confidence in his abilities and we are confident that the national team can only go higher from here.
“We can now focus on qualifying for the World Cup and winning the Nations Cup. In truth, these are sacrosanct and coach Rohr is aware of these conditions.
“Like the honourable minister of youth and sports development has rightly noted; we are uncompromising in these goals.”
“The board of the Federation & I are totally in agreement with the minister on the goals for the team and it is unwavering.”
“With the distraction of the contract talks out of the way now, we can now face our football on the pitch, totally. Again, I never lost confidence in Gernot Rohr’s ability to take our football forward and I’m convinced our football will only get better from here on,” the NFF boss also said.
Rohr was named Super Eagles’ permanent coach in 2016 following the unceremonious departure of Sunday Oliseh.
The 66-year-old has been since then secure the Super Eagles qualification for the 2018 World Cup and a third placed finish at AFCON 2019.