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Former Germany captain and legend, Lothar Mattaus has praised the hierarchy of the Nigerian Football Federation for sticking with Coach Gernot Rohr despite the Eagles’ unconvincing performance at the last FIFA World Cup, positing that with continuity the team can reach their potential as one of the best in the world, AOIFootball.com reports.
The former FIFA world player of the year spoke to Campsbay Media just before this weekend’s clash between Hoffenheim and Stuttgart, hailing the Franco-German for his impressive display since taking up the reins as Nigeria’s coach.
“Gernot Rohr knows what he has to do because he was a former player with Bayern, a coach-player in France and also has a lot of experience. He knows African football very well; he’s the coach for the future.
VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Gernot Rohr, Manager of Nigeria looks on prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at Volgograd Arena on June 22, 2018 in Volgograd, Russia. (Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA – JUNE 22: Gernot Rohr, Manager of Nigeria looks on prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at Volgograd Arena on June 22, 2018 in Volgograd, Russia. (Photo by Lars Baron – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images
“It was good he was given the opportunity to continue after the world cup because you have to believe in the coach and his job to allow him to go all the way just like Germany did with Lowe before he eventually won the world cup in 2014,” Matthaus concluded.
Despite an unimpressive World Cup in Russia, Rohr has rekindled Nigeria’s chances of playing in its first AFCON in five years after back to back wins against Libya and another against Seychelles which has seen the Eagles sour to the top of Group E, needing just one point to seal qualification to next year’s AFCON in Cameroon.

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