The Nigeria Football Federation has selected a German, Gernot Rohr, to manage the Super Eagles. The NFF President Amaju Pinnick confirmed the development to Saturday PUNCH.
The NFF boss confirmed that the German, who is currently working on development programmes for the German Football Federation, is expected to arrive in Nigeria on Saturday (today). He is also expected to be in Lagos on Sunday where he would be at the stands to watch the league match between Ikorodu United and Sunshine Stars.
Pinnick said, “We are just finalising the little details left. The work started quite a while ago but there was the need to wait until everything confirmed before making it public.”
It was also confirmed that he would be introduced to Nigerians in Abuja on Monday.
“The man is coming to live in Nigeria and work with our vision to develop Nigerian football. Qualifying for tournaments don’t really translate to proper development and so he is coming to stay here with his family and work with the federation and Nigerians,” Pinnick said.
The German coached Bordeaux to the UEFA Cup final in 1996, where they lost to Bayern Munich over two legs. Bordeaux’s run to the final included a famous 3-0 win over AC Milan in the quarter-finals, his records sourced by our correspondent showed. The German was also the Sports Director of Eintracht Frankfurt from October 1998 until April 1999.
Rohr has also worked with Étoile Sportive du Sahel and FC Nantes. He replaced French coach Alain Giresse as the coach of Gabon. He managed Niger from September 2012 to 2014 before taking up a job with Burkina Faso but was sacked by the West African country later. He was short-listed for the Guinea national team job in July 2016 before the Nigerian offer came up.