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VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Gernot Rohr, Manager of Nigeria gives his team instructions during 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)

 

 

Super Eagles Coach Gernot has spoken about his time with the Nigerian national team as he enters his fourth year with the three-time African champions, AOIFootball.com reports.

 

The 67-year-old took over the reins of the 2013 African Champions in August of 2016 and it has been an interesting journey with plenty highs and lows but he remains determined to continue to do well and lead the Eagles back to glory days.

 

“Four very interesting years for me because my challenge was to build a new team with young players to qualify for the World Cup as that was the condition to continue my contract. I had to go to the World Cup and fortunately, we did it, so I could continue.

 

“The second challenge was to go to the AFCON which we haven’t qualified for twice before and it was important we did, and we did it also and we have a good team.

 

“I think in these four years, is a good, young football playing team with a good future. In these interesting four years, we built something, spirit. We built a team technically, tactically and also mentally and this is very important for the future,” Rohr told Daily Times.

 

The former Gabon head coach further downplayed his inability to win a trophy with the country stating that the team has achieved well in the Four years he has spent as the manager of the Super Eagles.

 

“We won the qualification in our group. We were first and it’s such a big victory to be first in such a group with Cameroon, Zambia, and Algeria who are the number 1 in Africa now. For the World Cup, we needed the experience to win it, it’s not easy to win. For the AFCON, we were very close, we were at the Semifinal, we conceded in the last minute.

 

“We were very close and we have the level now for us to want the next edition but everything needs time. We don’t play so much. We’ve not played since November so it’s difficult for the team to work and progress.

 

“Our target now is a qualification for the next AFCON and also for the next World Cup. When I see what’s happening with this team and how we are moving in the right direction, we can be very optimistic,” Rohr added.

 

Since taking over in August 2016, the German tactician has overseen 49 games, winning 29 and losing only 9.

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