Gernot Rohr is Nigeria's 3rd longest-serving coach after Westerhof, Jelisavcic

Gernot Rohr is Nigeria's 3rd longest-serving coach after Westerhof, Jelisavcic

- Gernot Rohr's job being saved by NFF President Amaju Pinnick makes him the longest-serving Super Eagles boss in recent times

- The 67-year-old has performed below par following his home and away results against Sierra leone at the 2022 AFCON qualifiers

- Clemens Westerhof and Tiko Jelisavcic are the two coaches that have stayed longer than the German tactician

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The Super Eagles are an attractive team to any coach to manage owing to the rich talents of footballers pulled from all parts of Nigeria.

The West African nation are one of the most successful teams on the continent at all levels, winning the AFCON trophy on three occasions and having the most runners-up medals.

At the international level, Nigeria's highest position at a World Cup tournament is reaching the second round stage on two back-to-back occasions at the 1994 and 1998 editions.

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Most of the achievements of the Super Eagles side have come from a foreign coach, but Stephen Keshi is the only indigenous coach that has won a trophy for the nation at senior level.

Here are the three longest-serving coaches in Nigeria's history

1. Clemens Westerhof (1989-1994)

The flying Dutchman remains the most successful coach in the country's footballing history after working with the team for five years.

The highlight of Westerhof's spell with the Super Eagles was winning the nation's second AFCON trophy in 1994, qualifying Nigeria to the World Cup and finishing at the round of 16 stages, all in the same year.

The Dutch coach also led Nigeria to a second-place finish and a bronze medal at the 1990 and 1992 Nations Cup tournaments in Algeria and Senegal respectively.

Gernot Rohr is Nigeria's 3rd longest-serving coach after Westerhof, Jelisavcic
Gernot Rohr is Nigeria's 3rd longest-serving coach after Westerhof, Jelisavcic. Photo by Visonhaus and Clive Brunskill
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2. Tiko Jelisavcic (1974-1978)

Nigeria was an emerging force in the African continent in the mid and late '70s and left a footprint at the biggest soccer fiesta in Africa.

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The former Yugoslavian boss got the name Tiko when he mentored the then Green Eagles as he led Nigeria to two third-place finishes at the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in 1976 and 1978.

3. Gernot Rohr (2016 till date)

After the failure of indigenous coaches including Augustine Eguavoen, Samson Siasia and Sunday Oliseh, Nigeria demanded an expatriate to handle the national team.

The German Francophone was brought in 2016 and the results so far have still not satisfied the Nigerian fans.

Booking a World Cup ticket in 2018 and a third-place finish at the 2019 AFCON tournament is still far from what other managers have achieved with the Super Eagles.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Sierra Leone vs Nigeria ended in a scoreless draw and Super Eagles handler Gernot Rohr has attributed bad pitch and the style of play of the Leone Stars as the reason for his side's bad performance.

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The three-time African champions were unable to settle into the game due to the poor pitch at the Siaka Stevens Stadium.

And the home side also used long balls to further frustrate the Nigerian team who threw away a 4-0 lead in the first leg at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin.

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