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RUSSIA 2018: Rohr earns contract extension following Eagles’ qualification

Gernot Rohr

Following Nigeria’s qualification for the 2018 World Cup, Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, will continue in his office beyond 2018 as he has earned a contract extension.

The German technician, who was hired by the Nigeria Football Federation in August last year, was handed a target of qualifying the Eagles for next year’s FIFA tournament in Russia and also the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

But the two-year contract was signed with the option of extending the deal if Nigeria qualifies for the World Cup.

Super Eagles media representative, Toyin Ibitoye, had tweeted sometime in March that “The mandate given Rohr by his employers is; Get the @NGSuperEagles to the 2018 World Cup in Russia or your contract won’t be extended.”

However, nothing has yet been said officially of this following Eagles’ victory over the Chipolopolo of Zambia at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo last Saturday.

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64-year-old Rohr said he was glad Nigeria qualified for the World Cup having been drawn in a ‘difficult’ group with Cameroon, Zambia and acclaimed favourites, Algeria.

“We have had a tough campaign and we’re relieved we have qualified from such a tough group,” he said after clinching the World Cup ticket.

“Beating Algeria and Cameroon and getting four wins and a draw from five matches in this group was not what I expected from the difficult group.

“It’s great to get the World Cup ticket but it’s not finished. We have to start preparing for the World Cup.”

The Eagles will however play their final Group B game away to Algeria next month, of course, for mere formality.

 

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