Gernot Rohr: I rejected offers from Mali, Congo before signing new Super Eagles deal

Gernot Rohr: I rejected offers from Mali, Congo before signing new Super Eagles deal

- Gernot Rohr says he was approached by Congo and Mali before signing new Super Eagles deal

- The 67-year-old tactician's deal was due to expire this month

- Rohr and the NFF, however, reached an agreement to remain as the national team coach until after 2022 World Cup

Nigeria's technical adviser Gernot Rohr has revealed that he turned down exciting offers from Africa countries to remain Super Eagles coach.

The German-born tactician has extended his reign with the three-time African champions until after the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Rohr led the country's senior national team to a third-place finish at the last edition of the Africa Cup of Nations championship staged in Egypt last year.

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And the triumph appears to have boosted his CV on the continent, and he has revealed that Mali and Congo approached him before he extended his stay with the Eagles.

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Gernot Rohr with Ighalo after winning bronze medal at AFCON 2019 tourney - credit: Getty Images
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Having previously coached senior national teams of Gabon, Burkina Faso, and the Niger Republic, the 67-year-old won his first silverware three years into his reign as Nigeria's coach.

No, but they were a bit slow. President Pinnick and I wanted to meet in January, but I couldn’t,” Rohr told morgenweb.de.

Then came the coronavirus and lockdown. Actually, we agreed, it was only about details. Finally, the sports minister also interfered. “I had requests from Congo and Mali, which I refused.”

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Should he see out his contract, Rohr would have become the longest-serving coach in the history of the Super Eagles having being hired by the Nigeria Football Federation in August 2016.

Meanwhile, the NFF has told their employee that he will have to stay in Nigeria during this new deal, while he gets paid in naira after taking a pay cut.

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Legit.ng earlier reported that Gernot Rohr has explained why he has refused to make use of home-based stars in his Super Eagles squad.

Only Heartland shot-stopper Ikechukwu Ezenwa has been able to break into the German tactician's squad in the past five years since he became the coach of the national team.

The Nigerian Football Federation and the sports ministry have raised eyebrows on Rohr's decision not to invite players plying their trade in the Nigerian Professional League.

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