NFF, Gernot Rohr set to sign new deal
Nigeria men’s national team coach, Gernot Rohr, is close to signing a new contract with the Nigeria Football Federation [NFF].
According to local news, the deal has been agreed and Rohr will sign on the dotted lines in the coming weeks.
The NFF has been negotiating with the German over the last couple of months in a bid to reach an agreement before the expiration of his current deal which ends in June.
New deal, new terms.
Several talks have been held between Gernot Rohr and Executives of the Nigeria Football Federation, it seems like both sides have finally reached a compromise after months of negotiations.
However, the terms of this new is quite different from the current one. Recent news say that the condition and clauses contained in the new deal will mandate Rohr to watch the Nigeria Professional League and spend more time in the country.
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The NFF hired Rohr as manager of the Super Eagles in 2016, since then, he has led Nigeria to the FIFA World [Russia 2018] and the 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations [AFCON].
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Before Gernot Rohr arrived, the team had failed to qualify for back-to-back Africa Nations cup tournament.
Rohr’s acheivement thus far
Nigeria failed to qualify for the second round of the 2018 FIFA World cup despite only needing a draw in the last group stage match against Argentina.
The Super Eagles held their own for a long period in the match but capitulated later on as Argentina went on to win 2-1.
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In the African Nations cup, Nigeria lost to eventual Champions, Algeria via a late Rihad Mahrez, the Super Eagles went on to claim the ‘golden’ bronze [Third place] like we call it in Nigeria.
The jury is out
Under Gernot Rohr, we have seen some young exciting players like Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze, Ola Aina and Semi Ajayi break into the national team which could be tagged as a form of progression.
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But opinions within the country are divided right through the middle about Rohr’s position as manager of the men’s national team, and news of his contract renewal will certainly highlight the division of thoughts even further.