Gernot Rohr is eager to resume the qualifier for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019 and is in no danger of leaving his post as Nigeria’s coach.
Rohr’s future was in doubt after the Super Eagles disappointing World Cup, when they exited the tournament at the group stage after defeats to the Croatia and Argentina.
TheCable reports however that he is in no danger of being sacked and the only way there would be a change at the helm would be if Rohr resigned, which he isn’t expected to do. Rohr has the support of the president of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick.
He is said to be ‘full of energy” and ready for AFCON 2019 qualification, with the next generation of players expected to be involved.
Reports claim that the national team’s young stars will be featured in a way they weren’t prior to the World Cup and the team will be regenerated ahead of the 2019 AFCON tournament in Cameroon.
The coach will be asked by the NFF to oversee the regeneration of the Nigeria squad after the disappointment of the World Cup.
It’s also alleged that Rohr has turned down offers from elsewhere in recent months which would have paid far more than he receives from his current employer.
Rohr’s first few post-World Cup squads are expected to see a raft of new faces, including Samuel Chukwueze, Orji Okonkwo, Kelechi Nwakali, Musa Mohammed, Ibrahim Alhassan, Chidebere Nwakali, Usman Mohammed, and Azubuike Okechukwu.
Some established names, such as Leon Balogun, William Troost Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo, Ahmed Musa, and Shehu Abdullahi will also continue in the national team set-up, as will Victor Moses.
Mikel Obi’s future is largely in his own hands although the NFF want him to continue as they feel the Tianjin Teda star has more left to give.
Kelechi Iheanacho, Odion Ighalo, John Ogu, and Bryan Idowu will also continue to be involved but only if they perform well for their clubs.
Tyrone Ebuehi, Wilfred Ndidi, and Chidozie Awaziem who fall between the current generation and the next one will also have a presence.
Nigeria return to action in September with an AFCON qualifier against Seychelles.