Gernot Rohr has disclosed that coaching the Super Eagles of Nigeria is the most challenging job in his managerial career.
The Franco-German tactician who was appointed Nigeria's head coach in 2016, guided the Eagles to the 2018 Russia World Cup where they failed to qualify from the group stage and again on November 17, 2018, guided the team back to the African Nations Cup to be hosted by Cameroon in 2019.
Rohr was speaking during a live Sports Editors' Roundtable ‘Peak Breakfast with Rohr' on hotsportstv.com said having been a coach for clubs in Europe and some African countries, he has not been more under pressure than since he was appointed as the Nigeria senior team coach.
While feeding questions from selected Sports Editors cutting across print, broadcast and online media, Rohr said, “The pressure of qualifying the team to the World Cup was much and having accomplished that feat, came the African Nations Cup and Nigeria being a football-loving country has made the task more challenging.”
On the possibility of Nigeria soaring high in Cameroon come 2019 Rohr said the team has the quality to shine in next year's tournament with the current young squad who are showing hunger in each match and he also noted that with the experience they have gathered from the Russia World Cup they are in contention to win the title which they last won in 2013 in South Africa.
He cleared the air on Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi who is yet to play for the team after the Russia 2018 World Cup.
“Mikel told me he wanted to take a break after the World Cup and then injury came. So he was not fit yet before our last game. He promised to let me know when he is fully motivated to return to the team.”
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