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Rohr Deserves A Contract Extension - Ex-International, Benedict Akwuegbu
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Rohr Deserves A Contract Extension - Ex-International, Benedict Akwuegbu

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Former Nigerian international, Benedict Akwuegbu, believes the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has done enough to earn a contract renewal.

The German tactician's contract ends in June next year and negotiations to extend his time as Nigeria's national team coach is yet to commence.

Although the 66-year-old has played down the situation, many are calling on the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to act fast before January 1, when he would be free to engage elsewhere.

Nigeria's sports minister, Sunday Dare, met with Rohr this week but he was quick to clear the air that their meeting wasn't about the coach's contract which he said would be solely handled by the NFF.

Perhaps there are still one or two top officials who have doubts over the Franco/German gaffer's ability to lead the team forward. It is, however, a much different feeling for Akwuegbu who has backed Rohr to continue.

“If you ask me, Rohr has done well so far and deserves to get his contract extended, " the ex-Nigerian star told ‘Complete Sports’ in a chat on Thursday.

“He’s brought young players to the national team. He selects players purely on merit and is not sentimental in his invitation of players to the Super Eagles.

“Besides, he’s brought flair and balance to the team within his short tenure so far. He’s a typical German trainer, direct on his job.

“He’s just three years on the job and you can see how the Eagles play. They may not have won the Nations Cup, but he has laid a foundation for bigger positive results. Yes, this team of young players has the potential to win the AFCON anytime soon.

“Egypt 2019 was his first AFCON and he won bronze, same way Westerhof won silver in his first Nations Cup in Algeria 1990,” Akwuegbu stated.

Speaking further on the pedigree of the Nigerian coach, Akwuegbu added: “I played under a German coach, Klaus Augenthler, in my days at Stum Graz, Austria. He was a member of the German Machines that won the World Cup in Italy, 1990.

“I also played in Germany, so I know the German mentality. That’s what Rohr has put on the table in the Super Eagles.

“He deserves more time to see through his program with these young Super Eagles players and Nigeria will be better for it.”

Rohr was appointed by the Amaju Pinnick led NFF in 2016, replacing Sunday Oliseh who had quit the job after a short time in charge.

Before he was employed by Nigeria, Rohr managed the Gabon, Niger and Burkina Faso national teams after previously handling top teams in the French Ligue 1.