CAIRO – Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr says “it is too early” to discuss his future after his side’s loss to Algeria in the semifinal of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday.
The 66-year-old who still has a year left on his contract was appointed Nigeria’s coach in August 2016 and has taken charge of 34 official games with a record of nineteen wins, five draws and ten losses.
His time in charge has however been marked by sustained criticisms over playing style which many feel to be overly cautious and playing personnel which in the opinion of pundits and fans is often not representative of the country’s best legs.
Calls for Rohr’s departure have never been beneath the surface – despite the Franco-German having led Nigeria to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and overseeing a return to the Nations Cup after Nigeria failed to qualify for the last two editions – and following Sunday’s loss to Algeria, those calls have become even more stringent and louder.
Rohr however, feels the national team has improved under his tutelage and says he is in no rush to decide his future and will wait until after Wednesday’s third-place match with Tunisia to give clarity about his future as coach of Nigeria’s national team.
He also indicated that Wednesday’s third-place match against Tunisia could see the duo of goalkeeper Francis Uzoho and striker Victor Osimhen who are the only players yet to play in the tournament, take to field.
“The team is already on a good level, already we are in the semifinal and the team is playing on a good level,” Rohr told budybuddiesng.com.
“We will make a final statement after the tournament, it is too early; we want to finish third now but I also want to see the players who could not participate for the moment, and then it would be very interesting to have a team where everybody played and it could be seen what they are doing.
“It’s only two players who didn’t play yet so we will try to see that and then after all, we will think about (my future).”