2021 AFCON Win, Qatar 2022 Qualification Main Targets For Rohr – Pinnick
Amaju Pinnick, President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has confirmed that Gernot Rohr will remain as coach of the Super Eagles, but will have to achieve what has been described as “uncompromising” targets.
Pinnick confirmed the renewal of Rohr’s deal in a statement published on Twitter on Wednesday.
Although the contract of the Franco-German tactician was to elapse in June 2020, negotiations for this new deal commenced in 2019 and was said to be protracted, according to sources.
The NFF President said Rohr has, among other things, targets to win the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, as well qualify the team for the 2022 FIFA World Cup taking place in Qatar.
He insisted that the federation has always believed in the competence of Rohr and charged the German trainer to achieve the targets.
The statement read: “I’m happy to announce that the @thenff and Coach Gernot Rohr have concluded all contractual discussions and he will stay on as Coach of the Super Eagles. We have always had confidence in his abilities and we are confident that the national team can only go higher from here.
“We can now focus on qualifying for the World Cup and winning the Nations Cup. In truth, these are sacrosanct and Coach Rohr is aware of these conditions. Like the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development (Sunday Dare) has rightly noted; we are uncompromising in these goals.”
Pinnick stated that both the NFF and Sunday Dare, Minister of Sports, are “totally in agreement” with the targets set for Rohr to achieve.
“With the distraction of the contract talks out of the way now, we can now face our football on the pitch, totally. Again, I never lost confidence in Gernot Rohr’s ability to take our football forward and I’m convinced our football will only get better from here on,” Pinnick added.
Rohr qualified the Super Eagles for the 2018 FIFA World cup with a game to spare. However, the team was eliminated in the first round of the tournament in Russia.
The German coach, however, led Nigeria to clinch the third position at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations held in Egypt.