Rohr linked with vacant Algeria managerial role

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Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has reportedly been named as a target for the managerial role of Algeria’s national team.

According to Algerian outlet, Le Buteur, the Franco-German has been considered by the Algerian FA on the grounds of being “knowledgeable about Africa.” Another reason for looking in Rohr’s way is that he speaks French.

Rabah Madjer left the role just a week ago.

Now Rohr is said to be on the wishlist of the Algeria football federation president Kheireddine Zetchi who is keen to see the country’s national team get back on track following their recent disappointment in the 2018 World Cup qualification which Nigeria finished top of their group.

The 65-year-old coach is however contracted to Nigeria till 2020 having signed a new two-year contract in January this year.

But the Algerian federation could capitalize on the pressure mounting among dissenting voices in Nigeria on why Rohr should be cut loose including the west African nation’s sports minister Solomon Dalung who passed a damning verdict on the Super Eagles coaching staff.

“The players did their best in this game but the technical glitches cost us a second round ticket. How we couldn’t hold the ball for the last five mins is still a shock to us.

“I have interacted with Nigerians here in Russia and it appears the technical crew could not manage the 1-1 draw with just five minutes left.

“It is time to go back to the technical committee and technical department for future assignments. The Super Eagles technical crew cannot work independent of the Nigeria Football Federation’s technical committee and department,” said Dalung.

Nonetheless the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick said the team will now turn their focus on the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations which has its qualification ongoing.

“For the moment, we have to start preparations for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, which is only 12 months away,” Pinnick said.

Nigeria are in Group E of the AFCON qualifiers with Libya, South Africa and Seychelles. After starting off the qualifying with a 0-2 defeat at home to South Africa, the Super Eagles will face Seychelles this September.

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