The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has terminated Gernot Rohr’s contract as Super Eagles chief coach and appointed Mr Augustine Eguavoen as interim head coach with immediate effect.
Rohr has been in charge of the three –time African champions since 2016.
This was part of the decisions taken after the virtual meeting of the NFF Executive Committee on Sunday. The appointment would see the Eguavoen take charge of Super Eagles preparations for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) taking place in Cameroon January 9 to February 16, 2022, and until the appointment of a substantive head coach.
Eguavoen will work with Salisu Yusuf (Chief Coach); Paul Aigbogun (Assistant Coach); Joseph Yobo (Assistant Coach); Dr Terry Eguaoje (Assistant Coach) and Aloysius Agu (Goalkeeper Trainer). Former Nigeria captains Augustine ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and Garba Lawal have been appointed to provide technical and ambassadorial support for the crew.
General Secretary of the NFF, Dr Mohammed Sanusi said: “The relationship between the Nigeria Football Federation and Mr Rohr has come to an end. We thank him for his services to the Super Eagles and Nigeria.
“We also want to thank the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports for their collaboration and guidance all through.”
Eguavoen, a former Nigeria captain, was coach of the squad when it finished in third place at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt in 2006. He was on-field captain when the Super Eagles lifted the Africa Cup for the first time on away ground, in Tunisia 27 years ago.
He will now take charge of the team as it begins preparations for the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations taking place in Cameroon 9th January – 6th February 2022, and until the appointment of a substantive Head Coach.