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Rohr: I shunned other countries to stay with Eagles

Nigeria’s German coach Gernot Rohr looks on during a training session at Essentuki Arena in Yessentuki, southern Russia, on June 18, 2018 during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. / AFP PHOTO 

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr said he had to shun offers from other countries, after guiding the national team to a successful World Cup qualifiers campaign, to continue with Nigeria.

Rohr, led the Eagles to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where generally the African teams failed to live up expectations.

However, the Nigeria Football Federation backed the 64-year-old, who had signed an extension prior to the quadrennial tournament, to carry on with the three-time African Champions.

“I got good offers from countries who were at the World Cup, but in the end, I decided I want to continue working here in Nigeria,” Rohr said.

“I like the team we have here and the NFF has made the environment very conducive for me, so I don’t see any reason why I should leave now.

“I hope this team will be better in future and it is important to continue the good work we started.”

Rohr’s next objective is to get the country to the 2019 African Cup of Nations billed for Cameroon after missing out on the two previous editions.

The Super Eagles started their qualifying campaign in underwhelming fashion after losing 2-0 to South Africa in the opening fixture.

And for the September 8 date away in Seychelles, Rohr has named a 24-man squad – with some surprise inclusions.


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