- Coach Gernot Rohr cannot be ranked among the best just yet
- The 67-year-old has qualified Nigeria for back-to-back AFCON championships
- Henry Nwosu urges the German boss to endeavour to win the continental title to be ranked among the best
Former Nigeria international Henry Nwosu believes Gernot Rohr cannot rank among the best coaches if he does not win the Africa Cup of Nations title.
The German-born tactician came close to winning the title two years ago but fell 2-1 to Algeria in the semifinals and eventually won bronze medal at the end of the competition.
However, he has qualified the Super Eagles for the next edition of the tourney staging in Cameroon but that appears not enough for the 57-year-old who says he can only rate him after such feat.
Although Nwosu believes the tactician has done well with the team so far, he insisted that Rohr must win the AFCON title during an interview with Goal.
“Rohr has done well but I will not see him as one of the best coaches in Africa just because he qualified Nigeria for Afcon. Let him go on and win the Africa Cup of Nations.
“After winning the Nations Cup that is when we can now rate him. The wish of every Nigerian is for Rohr to win the Nations Cup.
“I will want Nigeria to win the Africa Cup of Nations title and do well at the World Cup and even win it. That is the target for the coach in charge whether he is a Nigerian or not.”
Rohr's men went through the qualification process without losing a single defeat as they finished atop Group L with 14 points and this got Nwosu hailing the national team - urging them not to be complacent when the Africa Cup of Nations gets underway.
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“I am impressed with the performance of the Super Eagles in the Afcon qualifiers especially with the last two games they played.
“They have shown us they know what they want and they know what they are doing. That is good for us and I urge Nigerians to support the team.
“However, they must not be complacent for the Nations Cup. So far they have tried and they have shown the whole world and Africa in particular that they have come to stay.
Nigeria will be hailing for their fourth trophy in the history of the competition when it kicks off early next year.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Nigeria's Super Eagles wrapped up their Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on a high following their 3-0 triumph over Lesotho at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. PAY
A goal each from Victor Osimhen, Oghenekaro Etebo, and Paul Onuachu lifted coach Gernot Rohr's men above the visitors.
The three-time African champions however finished atop of Group L with 14 points after six games - meaning they went through the process without a defeat.