Gernot Rohr has expressed his desire to stay on as Super Eagles head coach despite failing to guide the team past the knockout stage at the ongoing FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.
Rohr and his players were eliminated on Tuesday night following a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Argentina.
Chelsea star Victor Moses was on target for Rohr’s team from the spot but goals from Lionel Messi and Marcos Rojo meant that it was not enough for the three-time African champions who needed a draw to book a spot in the knockout stage.
Speaking in his post-match press conference via Goal, former Bayern Munich defender Rohr said: “It’s a big disappointment, my team did the best, played a very good second half and are missing a few minutes to have qualified.”
“I am proud of my players. We played well in the second half, we are missing a bit of experience, we have a young team and I think these kind of matches are building the character of the team and in four years they will be very strong.” He added.
On his future, the former Gabon and Burkina Faso head coach said: “I would like to continue because I have a good feeling with this team.
“We lost the first game, worked very hard to be better in the second and they did so well that we hoped to come through against Argentina.
“Like you see, we miss a bit of experience in the last minutes, but this is building the character and we will learn and be better in the next cup – the Afcon – and I hope we will do well in this competition.” He concluded.