Nigeria Senior national soccer team (Super Eagles) coach, Gernot Rohr said he has been told by the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, that his contract has been extended by two years, and that it will be officially signed before the Eagles campaign at next years FIFA World Cup in Russia.
“The (NFF) president has already told me that my contract will be extended for another two years,’ Gernot Rohr told L’Equipe.
Gernot Rohr, however played down the tag given to him as saviour of Nigerian football, insisting that the quality of the players at his disposal helped him to achieve with ease qualification for the World Cup in Russia.
“I do not know if I’m considered the saviour, but as a coach who had the chance to qualify for the World Cup and did what it took to get there. I arrived at a time when everyone was wondering how to get out of the shadows, after two consecutive non-qualification for the AFCON. They were really at the bottom of the hole. We could only go back up.”
Gernot Rohr’s two year contract extension as coach of the Super Eagles follows qualification for the World Cup 2018 in Russia.
Rohr’s contract carries a clause that triggers a two year extension if he qualifies Nigeria for the World Cup, a feat that was achieved following their 1-0 win over Zambia in Uyo.
Nigeria got off to a bright start in their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign on October 9 last year when they defeated Zambia 2-1 to pick up their first ever away win against the Chipolopolo stars in a competitive game.
The Super Eagles thereafter went on to maintain their unbeaten run in the qualifying series but faced a tough test today against the Zambians who are just three points behind them in Group B. Nigeria defeated Zambia 1-0 to qualify.
Nigeria are on a run of 35 FIFA World Cup qualifiers without defeat, having not been beaten since losing to Angola in 2004 – with Germany 2006 the only finals they have missed in over two decades.
Nigeria have appeared in the finals of the FIFA World Cup on five occasions, the first being in 1994 where they reached the second round. They made their fifth appearance at the finals in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Meanwhile, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has revealed that his team is aiming to reach the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup.
Having already qualified for Russia 2018 with a game to spare earlier this month, the Super Eagles have already started looking ahead to the global tournament.
Nigeria have advanced into the last 16 of the World Cup three times, including in 2014 when they were beaten 2-0 by France.
“They [Nigeria] are already out of the group stage to go to the round of 16, especially in 2014 when they faced the French team,” Rohr told L’Equipe.
“We will try to do as well. Unfortunately, here, the ambitions are a little more excessive: the team must reach at least the semifinals.
“We have the ambition of the leaders to manage, even if I get along very well with the president [Amaju Pinnick], who came to get me.
“There are many people at the Federation (NFF). As in all African countries, it’s never easy. But for now, it’s going very well.”
Nigeria will wrap up their qualification campaign with a match away to Algeria on November 10, before facing Argentina in a friendly four days later.