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Pinnick lauds “father figure” Rohr following contract extension

Pinnick lauds “father figure” Rohr following contract extension

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has been described as a “father figure” by Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick.

His comments come as Rohr finalises signing a new two-year deal that will see him continue beyond the World Cup.

The German is rewarded for negotiating a tough World Cup qualifying group that included African champions Cameroon, Algeria, and Zambia.

“We offered him a new contract which he has accepted,” Pinnick told BBC Sport.

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“They are going about the documentation now. His contract expires after the World Cup but we have offered him another two years with a slight pay increase.

“He has radiated being that father figure for the team and has made the players understand that if “I lead well, you guys will follow well”.

“He has been able to instill in the boys a sense of patriotism, a sense of discipline, and he’s been able to show them that if you are not disciplined then you cannot make an impact.

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“Gernot has been exceptional as a coach.”

Since Gernot Rohr took charge of the Super Eagles 16 months ago, he has qualified Nigeria for World Cup, won seven of his 12 matches played, drawing 4 with his only defeat being a 2-0 loss to South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in a 2019 AFCON qualifier in Uyo in June 2017.

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