Former Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has expressed sadness for Super Eagles players after three-time African Champions failed to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The 69-year-old German tactician had qualified Nigeria for the knockout rounds and final stage of the world’s biggest competitions in Qatar.

Rohr helped the Super Eagles qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations but the former Bayern Munich defender was sacked in December 2021, just a month before the continental tournament started in Cameroon.

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Nigeria Football Federation appoints ex-Super Eagles skipper Austin Eguavoen to replace Franco-German coach but Nigeria eventually knocked out of the 2021 Afcon at the Round of 16 by Tunisia.

Super Eagles played a 0-0 draw at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi, but the second leg ended 1-1 at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja and missed out on a World Cup ticket following elimination by bitter rivals Ghana.

Rohr has claimed that the Super Eagles would have won the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and qualified for the World Cup had he not been sacked.

He reportedly told Owngoal Nigeria per Sunnews. “We were still celebrating when the news came that I have been sacked as coach. They claimed it was an order from the top. I was in shock. This came at a time when I feel we are almost getting close to making out a project for the team work,”

“The aim was winning the AFCON and we had plans for a team that would have won it and also qualified for the World Cup. There was a plan to integrate new players using the AFCON and all the pre world cup friendly games. I can’t think of any player in the team now that we didn’t have in our plan or gave a call up. I’m sad for my players,” he was quoted as saying.

Rohr was in charge of the Super Eagles for five-and-a-half years, having joined in July 2016 and led them to the 2018 World Cup in Russia before a third-place finish at the 2019 Afcon in Egypt.

Nigeria have set up friendly matches against Algeria in Oran and Portugal in Lisbon in September and November, respectively.

 

 

 

 

 

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