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Pinnick confirms Gernot Rohr ‘s contract extension

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  • I never lost confidence in Gernot Rohr’s ability, says the Nigeria Football Federation President.
  • Says the targets for Franco-German is to win the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations and qualify Nigeria for Qatar 2022.

Amaju Pinnick has confirmed that Gernot Rohr would continue in his role as the head coach of the Super Eagles.

The Franco-German was appointed the Nigeria male national team head coach in 2016 – and since his appointment, he’s guided Nigeria to qualify for the FIFA World Cup and AFCON.

However, a third-place finish at the 2019 AFCON raised concerns in some quarters of the Nigerian football – with some calling for a local coach to replace the 66-year-old.

And ahead of Rohr’s contract, expect to expire next month, Pinnick, while not revealing the duration of the new contract, said the former Gabon and Burkina Faso coach would continue his four-year association with Nigeria.

“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,” the NFF president said in a series of tweets.

“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 debate on whether Rohr’s contract should be extended has been a rife one amidst ex-international – with many who have opposed his renewal holding the position on the premise that the coach doesn’t include enough local players.

But according to Nwankwo Kanu, Rohr should deserves to continue.

“I don’t think we should go for another coach,” Kanu said. “He is not doing badly.

“Yes, there is room for improvement but that doesn’t mean that he is a bad coach. If you bring a new coach now, definitely we have to start from the beginning, start changing program and tactics and all that.

“If we really wanted to do that, we could have done that since. But as it is now, the boys are gelling well and working very hard under him. We are not doing badly. All the friendly games have been okay, so why should we now change him?”

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