The Nigerian Football Federation handed the Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr a new two –year contract in Lagos on Wednesday.
Rohr took charge of the national team in 2016, failed in qualifying for the African Cup Of Nations, and has largely turned around the fortunes of the side.
The Eagles emerged as the first African team to qualify for the Russia 2018 World Cup under the German, with a game to spare, as well as recording a 4-2 victory over dreaded Argentine team in a friendly in Krasnodar in November.
“We gave Gernot Rohr an extension (of his contract) because we don’t want Germany to snatch him from us if he wins the World Cup. We believe in continuity and what he’s been able to achieve. He’s determined, resilient and dogged. We want to go to the World Cup to make sure everything is well,” NFF president Amaju Pinnick stated.
NFF 1st vice-president Seyi Akinwunmi said the federation gave the former Niger, Gabon and Burkina Faso coach an improved deal.
“It’s an enhanced contract because he (Rohr) did well. We sat down in Russia during the Argentina friendly and we agreed on various terms,” Akinwunmi said.
After reviving the dwindling fortunes of the Eagles, Rohr said he was excited to manage the team for another two years.
“I’m happy to work with this Nigerian team; it’s a family. We are the youngest team in the world, so the future will be bright,” Rohr stated.