CAN 2021 – Nigeria: Sacked at the gates of the tournament, Rohr evokes « a lack of confidence »


Gernot Rohr was sacked in extremis at the head of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, just days before the start of the final stages of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations which he managed to clinch for the West African country. While he was blamed for a series of disappointing results, especially in the continental tournament qualifiers and the second round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, the German coach revealed what really happened, evoking « so many problems . And then there was a lack of confidence. »

As Nigeria prepares to challenge Sudan this Saturday afternoon for its second match at CAN 2021, its former coach sacked at the gates of the tournament spoke on Friday evening in a live television broadcast on the French international channel. Canal+. “There were more and more problems. There were so many problems that it became difficult. And then there was a lack of mutual trust. Rohr revealed.

“When there is more confidence, there is more pleasure, I think it is better to stop, and that is what happened. And there was also a vagueness, it is that, at the beginning we had to stop and then we wanted me to come back. It was not clear and I believe that things need to be clear, especially in football and in African football too. continued the 68-year-old who spent 5 years in Nigeria, more time spent with any other club or national team he has coached in his career.

The beginnings of the end of Rohr, the game against Sierra Leone

Arrived in Lagos in 2016, Rohr led Nigeria to CAN 2017 in Gabon, to that of 2019 in Egypt, then to the 2018 World Cup. His record is 23 wins, 8 draws and 11 defeats. However, the image of the Franco-German deteriorated in the minds of the Nigerians when the Super Eagles drew 4-4 with the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone in the AFCON 2021 qualifiers. the 3rd day of their Group L, they led the debates with 4 goals in advance after only 29 minutes before being caught.

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