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“They’ve not progressed” – Gernot Rohr aims dig at Nigeria ahead of Benin clash



By: Monsurah Olatunji

Former Nigeria head coach, Gernot Rohr has aimed a dig at his former team, highlighting how stagnant Nigeria’s men’s national team have been since his dismissal.
The Franco-German was appointed as the Super Eagles’ head coach in 2016 and he held the role for five years until he was sacked on the eve of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Although Rohr’s best finish at the continental championships with Nigeria was in third place at the 2019 edition in Egypt, the duration of his tenure made him one of the longest-serving coaches in the team’s history.
However, the Benin Republic head coach is convinced that the Super Eagles have not made significant progress since he left the saddle as head coach.
“They haven’t really made the progress they thought they would when I was asked to leave,” Rohr said in comments relayed by Owngoal.
“It’s even more about the players I left behind and a style that wasn’t the best at the Africa Cup of Nations.”
Meanwhile, Rohr’s Benin and Nigeria are battling it out in Group C for the sole qualifying ticket to the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
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