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‘I Have An Unfinished Mission With The Super Eagles’ – Rohr

Gernot Rohr

Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr, has extended his contract with Nigeria till 2022 after he agreed to a pay cut and to reside in the country.

Rohr while speaking on his decision noted that he agreed to the deal to help guide the country to a fourth Africa Cup of Nations victory.

The German-born coach is expected to earn $49,000 a month instead of the $55,000 stipulated in his previous contract and he will live in Nigeria for at least 10 months a year.

“This is a special job because this is my team, I built it with my staff,” Rohr said on Monday.

“It’s a very young team, but the mission is not finished yet, so we want to continue.”

“We all have to make sacrifices and I will be the first.”

Rohr further stated that his target with the Super Eagles is to make the country Africa champions again.

The Super Eagles have won the Africa Cup of Nations three times in 1980, 1994 and 2013.

“Let’s qualify for (the Nations Cup) and then we want to win it,” he said.

“We have a good team, we’re now number three in Africa. When I arrived (in 2016), we were number 13.”

“We have worked together for the past four years and I hope we can progress.”

Rohr led Nigeria to third place at last year’s Africa Cup in Egypt, where they lost 2-1 to eventual champions Algeria in the semi-finals after conceding a stoppage-time goal.

Even though Rohr had transformed the Super Eagles, he was criticised for overlooking players based in Nigeria for those in Europe.

He has been ordered by the NFF to select players from the domestic league, but Rohr has insisted only the best will make his squad.

“I pick the best players and I don’t do it alone,” he said.

“We have to take the best players no matter where they are coming from.”

“We have very good young players, so it’s difficult for the local players to break into the team.”

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