NFF To Increase Gernot Rohr’s Salary

The Nigeria Football Federation has given Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr a pay rise in the new contract offer made to the coach who guided Nigeria through a seamless World Cup qualification campaign.

The German-born Rohr has already signed the contract that will see him in charge of the Super Eagles beyond 2019. “We offered him a new contract which he has accepted,” NFF president Amaju Pinnick said.

“They are going about the documentation now. His contract expires after the World Cup but we have offered him another two years with a slight pay increase. “He has radiated being that father figure for the team and has made the players understand that if “I lead well, you guys will follow well”.

The team spirit is what has been counting for us on the field and off the field. “He has been able to instil in the boys a sense of patriotism, a sense of discipline, and he’s been able to show them that if you are not disciplined then you cannot make an impact. “Gernot has been exceptional as a coach.”

Pinnick also paid tribute to Nigeria captain John Mikel Obi. “Mikel Obi has been super,” added Pinnick. “He has carried the team so well and they believe in him.” “We are very happy with what we have been able to mould together because it is very rare in Nigeria.

In the past, you’ve had several leaders in the Super Eagles but now we have just one Super Eagles. “The team spirit is what has been counting for us on the field and off the field.”

Rohr: First Game Vs Croatia Crucial; Eagles Will Make Nigerians Happy

Technical Adiviser of the Super Eagles Gernot Rohr has run the rule over Nigeria’s Group D opponents at next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia and revealed that the team will have a good start to the competition if they get a favourable result against Croatia in the opening match on June 16, 2018.

Speaking moments after the draw were conducted at the Kremlin Palace here in Moscow on Friday, Rohr also said he is wary of ‘dark-horses’ Iceland and South American powerhouse Argentina but will pay special attention to the Europeans.

“The first game (against Croatia) is the most important because you need to start well for your confidence,” Rohr said.
“Croatia are better ranked than us by FIFA so we are supposed to be the weakest team in the group. If we win the first game, it will help us against Iceland in the second game because we will not be under pressure.”

The German also called for quick and efficient planning and preparation as the Super Eagles will be playing their three games in different parts of the Russian Federation which are very far from each other.

He said: “Our first game is in Kaliningrad which is in the western part of the country. Then we travel to Volgograd in Central Russia to face Iceland before goint to St Petersburg for the final game against Argentina. All of these require planning and preparations.”

Rorh was also full of praises for his young team which he said was getting better with each passing game.

“We have a young team. We are getting better so we will be humble and continue to work hard in other to bring happiness to the Nigerian people,” he added.

Why We Extended Rohr’s Contract – Pinnick

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Pinnick, has explained that the NFF offered Gernot Rohr a fresh two years contract to ensure there are no distraction around Nigeria’s 2018 FIFA World Cup preparation and participation.

Rohr, the Super Eagles Franco-German tactician, signed by the NFF in August 2016 has met the first milestone of his contract, which is qualifying the Super Eagles for a sixth FIFA World Cup finals.

He said, “We have decided to confront head-on any possible area of conflict or controversy, and fully resolve each and every possible friction point well ahead of the competition.

“After signing the agreement on payment to the team from expected FIFA income, the next stage was to take care of the Technical Adviser. He has done very well and does not need to go into the World Cup uncertain of his future,” stated Pinnick.

The 64 –year old Rohr, a former Germany defender, flaunts a sterling record with the Super Eagles, winning seven of 12 matches and drawing four in his 15 months in charge so far. His only loss was the 0-2 reverse to South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in a 2019 AFCON qualifier in Uyo in June 2017.

Under him, the Eagles have beaten Tanzania, Zambia (twice), Algeria, Togo, Cameroon and two –time world champions Argentina, and drawn with Senegal, Corsica, Cameroon and Algeria.

Following the 1-0 defeat of Zambia in Uyo on 7th October that guaranteed Nigeria’s place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, Rohr, whose qualifying squad has been declared the youngest of all 32 finalists, told “I love working with this group. I am delighted being at the head of such a wonderful, level-headed and ambitious squad.”

Oshoala, Rohr, Super Eagles Shortlisted For CAF Awards

Super Falcons striker, Asisat Oshoala has for the third year in a row been nominated for the CAF women’s player of the year award.

Oshoala who won the award in 2014 and 2016 will battle it out with South Africa’s Chrestina Kgatlana, Cameroon Gabrielle Aboudi, Rutendo Makore from Zimbabwe and Malawi’s Tabitha Chawinga.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria are in contention for the national team of the year, Technical Adviser Gernot Rorh has also been nominated for coach of the year, while the Super Falconets were nominated for the women’s national team of the year.

The winners will be decided by votes from the members of the CAF Technical and Development Committee, CAF media experts panel and independent media and TV consultants.

The Awards Gala will take place on Thursday, 4 January 2018 in Accra, Ghana.

‘I Wont Forget Players Who Won World Cup Ticket’ – Rohr

The Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has indicated on building a squad for next year’s World Cup, he will give priority to players who won the group B qualification ticket.

However, the German-born coach stated that he wouldn’t also ignore Nigerian players who are doing well with their clubs and could fit in into areas of the team that need fortification. “The players who qualified us for the World Cup, I don’t forget them,

” Rohr said. “Maintaining exactly the same team (for the World Cup) will be difficult as the team will keep changing because of injuries and some of the players not playing regularly at their clubs.

“We will continue to follow these players, but perhaps we will need in one, two positions better players, possibly a better team.”

Some of the players who featured prominently in the highly successful qualification campaign include John Obi Mikel, Odion Ighalo, Victor Moses, Moses Simon, Ogenyi Onazi, Wilfred Ndidi, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Shehu Abdullahi. Youngsters like Henry Onyekuru have proved to be too hot to ignore, even as Rohr is under pressure to recall senior players like Vincent Enyeama and Obafemi Martins.

Revealed – Hierarchy, Names Of Rohr’s Six Assistants Including Brazilian Tactician

Players of the Super Eagles of Nigeria are presently been handled by six coaches lead by Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr who also doubles as the senior coach among the six.

Rohr also brought three assistants who are to assist him in various capacity while the Nigeria Football Federation ( NFF) employed three others as part of the technical crew of the team.

Frenchman Luc Royer who has worked with Rohr in several places is the first assistant while Brazilian tactician Everson Ferreira acts as the second technical assistant to Rohr.

Salisu Yusuf lead the coaches appointed by the NFF, and he is saddled with the responsibility of monitoring Nigeria Professional Football League players and also the B team of the Super Eagles.

Name                        Position

Gernot Rohr ‎               Technical Adviser

Salisu Yusuf                 Head Coach

Jean Luc Royer             Technical Assistant

Everson Ferreira           Technical Assistant II

Nabil Trabelsi                Video Analyst

Imama Amapakabo       Assistant Coach

Alloysius Agu               Goalkeeper Trainer



Source: Own Goal Nigeria

Gernot Expresses Pleasure Working With Eagles

Gernot Rohr, a Franco-German tactician, has expressed pleasure working with the Super Eagles, following the three-time African champions qualification for Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup on Saturday.

Nigeria became the first African country to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after defeating Chipolopolo of Zambia on Saturday in Uyo.

Super Eagles re-enacted the feat of the Super Eagles’ class of 1997 that qualified for the France’98 World Cup with a match to spare.

Rohr, in a statement by Ademola Olajire, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)’s spokesman on Tuesday, said that he was happy working with the team.

Rohr said, “I am very excited to be working with this team, a blend of the experienced and the young and ambitious ones.

“They are a delight to be with at all times, and I believe we are on to great things.

“At the beginning of the qualifying series, many people said we were going to be chased out.

“We sat down together and we promised ourselves that we would go all out and get the ticket.”

The 64-year-old coach, who has employed 15 months ago, led the team to a 1- 0 defeat of Tanzania in Uyo in September 2016; 2-1 defeat of Zambia in Ndola in October 2016.

Also, at the start of the 2018 World Cup race, the coach led the team to a 3-1 defeat of Algeria in Uyo in November 2016; a 3-0 defeat of Togo in a friendly match in Paris in June 2017.

His victories also include a 4-0 bashing of Cameroon in Uyo in September 2017 and a 1- 0 defeat of Zambia in Uyo in October 2017, which guaranteed the World Cup ticket.

The only loss was against the South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in Uyo, at the start of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in June 2017.

Rohr said, “The match was a big wake-up call for us. Now that we have the World Cup ticket, we will go all out for the AFCON ticket and get it.

“When you have a team that has so much self-belief, a lot of things are possible.

“Age is, but a number. I feel young and able and willing to go on working with this group.’’

Enyeama Ready For Eagles Return – Rohr

Former Super Eagles captain, Vincent Enyeama, is ready to return to the national team, Coach Gernot Rohr said on Wednesday.

Rohr stated this at a pre-match news conference ahead of Friday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.

The match will be played at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom.

Rohr said he had spoken with Enyeama and the goalkeeper was ready to come back to the Super Eagles.

“The past is the past but now he is injured. He has to win the fight against injury,” Rohr said.

Enyeama quit the national team in 2015 following a disagreement with the former national team coach, Sunday Oliseh.

Rohr said he has a good team to face the Cameroonians but his challenge was with the goalkeeper’s position.

The Franco-German coach said Ikechukwu Ezenwa would be in goal on Friday due to an injury sustained by two other goalkeepers in the team.

He added: “The list of players makes the difference, not so young, more of experienced players. We already have six points. All the players are in high spirit.

“We know that we have a good team, we are ready to make the difference. We have all the confidence to beat the Indomitable Lions here in Uyo.”

Rohr Retains Akpeyi Because His Most Experienced

Super Eagles’ Manager, Gernot Rohr has stated that he is yet to decide who will start in goal against Cameroon after including Daniel Akpeyi in his squad, reports
The goalkeeper was heavily criticised by the Nigerian media and fans following the Super Eagles’ 0-2 defeat to South Africa in the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier in Uyo last June.

However, German tactician, Rohr has decided to retain Akpeyi, who plays for South African side Chippa United, in the Super Eagles squad.Rohr has stated that the 31-year-old is the most experienced shot-stopper in the current Nigeria set-up ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon.

“We have Akpeyi, we have (Ikechukwu) Ezenwa, we have (Dele) Alampasu, we will see,” Rohr told Own Goal Nigeria.“We have a local goalkeeper, we have a very young one and we have another one (Akpeyi), who is more experienced.

“He is playing in South Africa, and we will see with our goalkeeper coaches to determine who will start the game.”The Super Eagles will play host to Cameroun in Uyo on September 1 and the return leg game is scheduled to be played in Yaounde three days later.Nigeria’s England-based keeper, Carl Ikeme is currently battling cancer, while OSC Lille shot-stopper, Vincent Enyeama was not called up by Rohr.

Super Eagles Coach Exempt Player From African Cup Of Nations

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has invited 23 players for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South African on June 10 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo.

Zamalek midfielder Moruf Yousuf is the surprise inclusion in the team with Ogenyi Onazi, and Victor Osimhen also included.

There is no place for Odion Ighalo and Brown Ideye who are both based in China as captain Mikel Obi is out injured.

Victor Moses is missing from the team but Olanrewaju Kayode, Moses Simon and John Ogu have been considered despite missing the Paris camp.

Three goalkeepers, Daniel Akpeyi, Dele Alampasu and Ikechukwu Ezenwa headline the goalkeepers.

The Super Eagles will take on the Hawks of Togo in an international friendly in Paris on June 1 before making the trip down to Nigeria for the final leg of preparation for the clash against the Bafana Bafana

The team will on Thursday June 1, play the Hawks of Togo in an international friendly in Paris before making the trip down to Nigeria for the final leg of preparation for the game against South Africa.


Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Dele Alampasu (Cesarense FC, Portugal)

Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (Alanyaspor FC, Turkey); William Ekong (KAA Gent, Belgium); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands); Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal); Maroof Youssef (Zamalek FC, Egypt)

Midfielders: Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense, Portugal); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Setubal, Portugal); Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa Utd FC).

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Henry Onyekuru (KAS Eupen, Belgium); Victor Osimhen (Wolfsburg FC, Germany); Olanrewaju Kayode (FK Austria Wien, Austria)

Mikel Obi Would Be Keeping His Leadership – Rohr

Coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr won’t be stripping John Obi Mikel as captain of the team even if former captain Vincent Enyeama returns to the team.

Enyeama’s possible return to the team has been severally discussed due to doubts surrounding the fitness of first-choice goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, who could miss the rest of the season owing to an injury picked up three weeks ago. Speaking on the issue, Nigerian journalist Osasu

Speaking on the issue, Nigerian journalist Osasu Obayiuwana said Rohr told him, he has met with Enyeama and among other stuff discussed, he told the former captain who quit the team in controversial circumstances, that he has to respect the structure of the team the way it is now.

“So, do some people feel that Enyeama cannot come back and realised that things have changed?. Surely he would like

“So, do some people feel that Enyeama cannot come back and realised that things have changed?. Surely he would like to a fourth World Cup?, Rohr wants him back because he has told me that”, Osasu said.

“But on condition that he is ready to accept the place and role that he, Rohr, gives him. Enyeama still our best goalkeeper. I think that is not in doubt, right? “.