The Nigeria Football Federation on Sunday fired Gernot Rohr, and appointed Augustine Eguavoen, to take charge as the team’s Technical Adviser, the NFF said in a statement signed by its spokesman, Ademola Olajire.
“This is with immediate effect, and follows the termination of the relationship with Franco-German Gernot Rohr, who has been in charge of the three-time African champions for the past 64 months, and is Nigeria’s longest-serving manager,” the statement said.
General Secretary of the NFF, Dr Mohammed Sanusi said, “The relationship between the Nigeria Football Federation and Mr Rohr has come to an end. We thank him for his services to the Super Eagles and Nigeria.
“We also want to thank the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports for their collaboration and guidance all through.”
The federation added that following a virtual meeting of the NFF Executive Committee on Sunday, it was decided that Eguavoen would work with Salisu Yusuf (Chief Coach), Paul Aigbogun (Assistant Coach), Joseph Yobo (Assistant Coach), Dr Terry Eguaoje (Assistant Coach) and Aloysius Agu (Goalkeeper Trainer). Former Nigeria captains Austin Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and Garba Lawal were also appointed to provide technical and ambassadorial support for the crew.
Eguavoen will now take charge of the team as they begin preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6, 2022, and until the appointment of a substantive head coach.
This was contrary to Victor Ikpeba’s stance, a member of the Nigeria Football Federation Technical Committee, who advised in November that Gernot Rohr should not be sacked in less than 48 days to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nation.
Ikpeba who posited that sacking Rohr will spell disaster for the Super Eagles at the tournament, therefore, enjoined NFF to be patient with the Franco-German till the end of the AFCON before taking a decision on his future.
Rohr has been under pressure since Super Eagles’ poor performance in 1-1 draw with Cape Verde at the Teslim Balogun stadium, in Lagos.