The Nigeria Football Federation has announced the dismissal of former Head coach, Gernot Rohr on Sunday after five years in charge, with Augustine Eguavoen set to replace him.
This development comes a few weeks prior to the commencement of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finals – where the country will square up against Egypt, Sudan and Guinea-Bissau in Group D.
Rohr’s replacement, Eguavoen had twice coached the Super Eagles in the past – in 2006 and 2012 and now will come in as Interim Manager.
Rohr was named as permanent manager of the three-time African champions in August 2016, following the departure of the Nigerian great Sunday Oliseh.
The German tactician led the country to the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia as well as the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations – where Nigeria finished third after defeating Tunisia in the third-place match.
In May 2020, he agreed on a two-and-a-half-year contract extension after the NFF reviewed his performances.
Before he was axed, the 68-year-old came under heavy criticism from Nigerians after the Super Eagles struggled but eventually advanced from Group C in the second round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.