Gernot Rohr: Former Super Eagles Coach Signs Three Year Deal With Benin

Gernot Rohr: Former Super Eagles Coach Signs Three Year Deal With Benin

Ibitoye Shittu
February 28, 2023 at 10:38 AM
  • Gernot Rohr has been appointed as the new coach of Benin's national team
  • The ex-Super Eagles coach said he is ready to 'change the face of football'
  • Rohr spent five years in charge of the Nigerian team before he was sacked

Former Super Eagles gaffer, Gernot Rohr has signed a three-year deal with the Benin Football Association as the new coach of their national team, ahead of the next Africa Cup of Nations.

Following the sacking of Michel Dussuyer, who failed to see the country through in qualification for AFCON 2021, Moussa Latoundji was hired in an interim capacity as the team's caretaker manager.

Rohr was with the Super Eagles from 2016 to 2021 before he was sacked by the former Nigerian football board led by Amaju Pinnick.

Gernot Rohr, Super Eagles, Benin, AFCON
Ex-Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has signed a three-year deal with Benin. Photo by Lars Baron.
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The German tactician was told to leave by the NFF chiefs with just days to the kickoff of AFCON 2021 with Austin Eguavoen was hired to lead the team.

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The former Nigerian international and his wards crashed out in the knockout stages, losing against Tunisia before Jose Peseiro was appointed as the new manager.

According to the report by Punch, Rohr explained he wants to rebuild the Benin national team and 'change the face' of the country's football.

Rohr on his 'interesting mission'

“I signed a three-year contract with the Beninese Football Association. It’s an interesting mission to rebuild a team [the Squirrels] with younger players.”

Meanwhile, Benin will face Rwanda in their next game which will be Rohr's first test in charge of the team.

Rohr laments Nigeria’s Portugal loss

Sports Brief previously reported on former Super Eagles coach, Rohr reacting to Nigeria’s 4-0 loss to Portugal in a friendly shortly before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The Franco-German tactician expressed disappointment in the team, saying he 'failed to recognise' some of his boys during what was something of a let-down.

The Nigerians were hammered 4-0 at the Jose Alvalade Stadium in Lisbon, with the World Cup-bound Selecao dominating the West African side from start to finish.

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