Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said he is confident in the talents in his current squad and he’s optimistic the team will challenge for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
The German tactician put pen to paper for a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Nigeria Football Federation on Wednesday and has been mandated to win the 2021 African cup of Nations for the country.
Rohr said he is happy with the pressure of working in Nigeria, but admitted that failure to deliver any of the targets could get sacked from his position.
“My contract all the time is a risk because it is finished when we are eliminated from a competition – whether the Afcon or World Cup,” he said.
“I took the risk already when I arrived, and it is still the same. But I am very optimistic because now we have a team which is playing good football and I have confidence in my players.”
The former Burkina Faso boss also added that his team will surely go all out and try to win fourth Afcon crown for the country, but maintained the Super Eagles is not the best-ranked team on the continent.
“We finished third in the last one, and everybody wants to progress. But we know also that it is very difficult to win this tournament because we are not number one in Africa.
“But it is good to have these milestones and ambition,” he told BBC.
Rohr who took over the Super Eagles in 2016 is is on course to be the longest-serving coach in the history of Nigerian football, after his recent deal.
The former Bordeaux boss led Nigeria to a third-place finish in 2019 African cup of Nations in Egypt and qualify the Super Eagles for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia but they failed to progress past the group stage.
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