Confirmed: Nigeria boss sacked

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Nigeria have parted ways with manager Gernot Rohr ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

With the German tactician having spent five years at the helm of the Super Eagles, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has now called time on his spell with the team and also named his replacement.

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"NFF appoints Augustine Eguavoen as interim Super Eagles’ boss as relationship with Rohr ends," a statement by the NFF read.

"The Nigeria Football Federation has appointed Mr. Augustine Eguavoen, currently its Technical Director, as the Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles on an interim basis.

"This is with immediate effect and follows the termination of the relationship with Franco-German Gernot Rohr, who has been in charge of the three-time African champions for the past 64 months, and is Nigeria's longest-serving manager. 

"Following a virtual meeting of the NFF Executive Committee on Sunday, it was decided that Eguavoen will work with Salisu Yusuf (Chief Coach); Paul Aigbogun (Assistant Coach); Joseph Yobo (Assistant Coach); Dr Terry Eguaoje (Assistant Coach) and Aloysius Agu (Goalkeeper Trainer). Former Nigeria captains Augustine 'Jay-Jay' Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and Garba Lawal have been appointed to provide technical and ambassadorial support for the crew."

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General Secretary of the NFF, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, said: "The relationship between the Nigeria Football Federation and Mr Rohr has come to an end. We thank him for his services to the Super Eagles and Nigeria."

The 68-year-old, who has a lot of pedigree on the African continent having previously managed the likes of Gabon, Niger, and Burkina Faso, took charge of 57 games as Nigeria boss, winning 31 times and losing 14 matches.

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