Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has done a good job with the Super Eagles since his arrival in 2016 and as a result deserves a new contract when his current deal expires in June 2020, Benedict Akwuegbu, a former Nigeria international told Completesports.com in an exclusive chat.
Rohr’s future has been a subject of speculation since the 2019 African Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Egypt, where the Super Eagles won a bronze medal for the 8th time in the history of the tournament.
Though Rohr’s current will run out in June 2020, his future has become a subject of speculation with Nigeria Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, washing his hands off the matter which has been awash in the media.
The Minister, instead, pushed issues relating to Rohr’s future back to his direct employer, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
While the future of the Franco/German gaffer continues to dominate media speculation, Akwuegbu is backing Rohr to get a contract extension, saying the coach has a rich scorecard so far. The reward for a good job, according to him, is more responsibility.
“If you ask me, Rohr has done well so far and deserves to get his contract extended”, Akwuegbu told completesports.com from his base in London, on Thursday.
“He’s brought young players to the national team. He selects players purely on merit and is not sentimental in his invitation of players to the Super Eagles.
“Besides, he’s brought flair and balance to the team within his short tenure so far. He’s a typical German trainer, direct on his job.
“He’s just three years on the job and you can see how the Eagles play. They may not have won the Nations Cup, but he has laid a foundation for bigger positive results. Yes, this team of young players has the potential to win the AFCON anytime soon.
“Egypt 2019 was his first AFCON and he won bronze, same way Westerhof won silver in his first Nations Cup in Algeria 1990.
Akwuegbu added: “I played under a German coach, Klaus Augenthler, in my days at Stum Graz, Austria. He was a member of the German Machines that won the World Cup in Italy, 1990.
“I also played in Germany, so I know the German mentality. That’s what Rohr has put on the table in the Super Eagles.
“He deserves more time to see through his program with these young Super Eagles players and Nigeria will be better for it.”
Before he was appointed by NFF President, Amaju Melvin-Pinnick, in August 2016 as Super Eagles coach, replacing Sunday Oliseh, Rohr had managed some African countries’ national teams, including Gabon, Niger and Burkina Faso.
Rohr had managed Etoile Du Sahel, one of Tunisia’s top clubs.