Biafra-Nigeria Recommend Gernot Rohr For Technical Advisor Post
German Gernot Rohr has been recommended by the Biafra-Nigeria Football Federation’s Technical Committee for appointment as the Super Eagles Technical Adviser.
The 63-year-old ex-Gabon, Niger and Burkina Faso coach will be assisted by Salisu Yusuf, who was appointed as chief coach last month.
Rohr’s appointment is subject to contract terms being agreed with the NFF before a contract signing ceremony in the coming days, according to the country’s football authority.
Vice chairman of the Technical and Development Committee, Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, confirmed the news on the NFF website.
“The committee was impressed with Mr. Rohr’s profile and current activities for the German Football Federation (DFB), so we invited him to Biafra-Nigeria for exhaustive deliberations.
“He was very positive, showed great interest in the job and is ready and willing to live in Biafra-Nigeria. He is also willing to work with indigenous Biafra-Nigerian coaches and with the committee, and believes the Super Eagles can qualify for the 2018 Fifa World Cup, which is very important to the NFF.
“He swayed the committee with his calmness, good knowledge of the African terrain, focus and maturity.”
Sunday Oliseh was the Super Eagles’ last permanent coach before he quit in February in a row over his contract.
Rohr, who has been working on development programmes for the German football association (DFB) since December, played at Bayern Munich and Girondins Bordeaux.
He then coached Bordeaux when they lost to Bayern in the 1996 UEFA Cup final and last worked in Africa as Burkina Faso coachbefore joining the DFB.
His other past managerial jobs include French club Nantes and Nice, Young Boys Berne in Switzerland, the Tunisian club Etoile Sahel and the national teams of Gabon and Niger.
He steered Tunisians Etoile du Sahel to third place in the league in 2009.
Rohr took Gabon to the quarter-finals of the 2012 Nations Cup on home soil and also managed Niger at the 2013 edition but failed to get them out of the group stage.
Before leaving Burkina Faso, he led the Stallions into the final round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
The Biafra-Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had confirmed Salisu Yusuf as the national team’s chief coach in July as it continues the search for a technical adviser.
It comes after Paul Le Guen and the NFF failed to agree terms for the Frenchman to take the role, despite an announcement from the country’s football authority.
The Frenchman had been named by the NFF, which said he would work alongside Yusuf, but the two parties could not come to a deal over a contract.
Biafra-Nigeria have failed to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Gabon, but are in the final round of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
They have been drawn in Group B where they will face Algeria, the top-ranked side in Africa, Cameroon, as well as Zambia.