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I Want To Continue As Super Eagles Coach - Gernot Rohr
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I Want To Continue As Super Eagles Coach - Gernot Rohr

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

The German tactician, Gernot Rohr, says he wants to continue in his position as Nigeria's head coach and hopes he can reach an agreement with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Rohr, who has been Super Eagles coach for over three years, is in the final six months of his contract with contract talks yet to begin officially.

Although there have been several reports of what the new contract the NFF is looking to table would look like, the coach has revealed he plans to meet with top officials of the country's federation next month (February).

According to reports, the NFF is ready to renew the contract of the former Bordeaux player and gaffer but this time he must be ready to live in Nigeria – Lagos or Abuja, although, he will be allowed to travel on vacation three times in a year.

His $55,000 per month deal will also not be improved on and he will now pay taxes from his income.

This week, Rohr visited Super Eagles forwards, Samuel Kalu and Josh Maja, at their base in Bordeaux and he also had a chat with French media outlet, Girondis33.com, where he spoke about his time as Nigeria's manager, the young crop of players coming through and his hopes for the future.

“We will see the leaders soon. The meeting is planned for the month of February and possibly before the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches in March. We can agree on the new contract,” Rohr said.

“I have been there for more than three years and it is long for Nigeria, because rarely can a coach be maintained as long. It was possible because the results were good, the team has evolved and that we accomplished the mission of rejuvenation.

“It was planned and we managed to do it with young players including two that you know, who play for Girondins Bordeaux (Samuel Kalu and Josh Maja), and we have others in England, in Spain, etc. We no longer have a big star, because John Obi Mikel has retired. Victor Moses also retired for family and age reasons. Our top scorer Odion Ighalo also retired after AFCON 2019 in Egypt.

“We managed to find a scorer in Victor Osimhen, and other playmakers; we have Samuel Chukwueze who plays at Villarreal, the little Samuel Kalu from Bordeaux who plays very very well with us – one of the best every time he plays with Nigeria. So we have a very, very young, promising team, and I would like to continue.”

The 66-year-old was appointed as Super Eagles head coach in August 2016 and has been in charge of the Super Eagles in 39 games, with 22 wins, seven draws and 10 losses.