Gernot Rohr was dismissed as coach of the Super Eagles by the NFF (Nigeria Football Federation) this week after a record-breaking five years, four months, and ten days in command.

Austin Eguavoen, a former Nigerian international, has been given the task of leading the team ahead of the AFCON 2021.

In an interview with ESPN’s Collin Udoh, the Franco-German claims that if he had been permitted to stay in command, he would have won the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, after finishing third in Egypt in 2019.

“Of course! Last time we made third. We had a good AFCON, we lost in the semifinal in the last second. This time, I’m sure it would have been better because the team has been growing together for five years and we had our different strategies, and the tactics were becoming more and more efficient.

” And I think even without me, they will do it, they can do it, because this team is young, is intelligent, and they can fight. They love their fatherland and they will be able to do very well at the next AFCON .”

The Super Eagles had failed to qualify for back to back editions of the AFCON (2015 & 2017) prior to the employment of Gernot Rohr.

He however believes that sacking him was an unnecessary call to make.

“It was not necessary to do this so close to AFCON. After what the team did, and after what the team had achieved with [reaching] the targets”