Rohr deserves continuity - Former Super Eagles striker

Rohr deserves continuity - Former Super Eagles striker

Former Super Eagles striker Benedict Akwuegbu has backed coach Gernot Rohr to continue when his current contract expires.

Rohr's contract runs out in June, with the Nigeria Football Federation unsure whether to extend the deal or not.

Rohr got Nigeria off to a bright start in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, beating Benin and Lesotho in his first two matches and topping Group L.

While the future of the Franco/German gaffer continues to dominate media speculation, Akwuegbu is backing Rohr to get contract extension, saying the coach has a rich scorecard so far. Reward for a good job, according to him, is more responsible.

“If you ask me, Rohr has done well so far and deserves to get his contract extended,” Akwuegbu told from his base in London, on Thursday.

“He’s brought young players to the national team. He selects players purely on merit and is not sentimental in his invitation of players to the Super Eagles.

“Besides, he’s brought flair and balance to the team within his short tenure so far. He’s a typical German trainer, direct on his job.

“He’s just three years on the job and you can see how the Eagles play. They may not have won the Nations Cup, but he has laid a foundation for bigger positive results. Yes, this team of young players has the potential to win the AFCON anytime soon.

“Egypt 2019 was his first AFCON and he won bronze, same way Westerhof won silver in his first Nations Cup in Algeria 1990.

Akwuegbu added: “I played under a German coach, Klaus Augenthler, in my days at Stum Graz, Austria. He was a member of the German Machines that won the World Cup in Italy, 1990.

“I also played in Germany, so I know the German mentality. That’s what Rohr has put on the table in the Super Eagles.

“He deserves more time to see through his program with these young Super Eagles players and Nigeria will be better for it.”