The head coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Gernot Rohr, has triggered a two-year contract extension after qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Rohr signed a two-year contract in 2016 with the option of extending the deal, if Nigeria qualifies for the World Cup.
The German would have been fired, if he failed to lead the former African champions to the tournament, according to the terms of the contract.
Rohr will now be in charge of the team till the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, if there are no twists in the tale of his romance with the Nigerian Football Federation.
Speaking on the development, Rohr, 64, said he was glad Nigeria qualified for the World Cup as they were not given the chance to pick the ticket when the qualification series started with Cameroon and Algeria as bookmakers’ favourite to clinch the ticket.
“I believe Russia 2018 will be a good adventure for us all,” the German, who previously coached Burkina Faso said. Rohr thanked Nigerians for the feat saying it was a collective effort, “Thank you Nigerians, we won this World Cup ticket together.”
Since taking over as coach of the Super Eagles, Rohr has lost only one game – the 0-2 loss to South Africa in Uyo in the AFCON 2019 qualifiers. His overall record shows he has won has won five matches and drawn one.
NFF secretary-general, Mohammed Sanusi said the Super Eagles will have the best of preparations for the World Cup.
“We are excited and as this Board has continued to promise, it is not just about qualification. We will ensure the best preparation for the team to set a new record of performance for Nigeria at the FIFA World Cup when they go to Russia next year.”