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NIGERIA’S COACH, GERNOT ROHR CLOCKS 66 AT AFCON

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BY KUNLE SOLAJA.

It should be another celebration at the Nigerian camp in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations as the manager of the team; Gernot Rohr clocks 66 on Friday.

Earlier on Wednesday when Nigeria became the first team to advance to the next stage of the competition, it was the 70th anniversary of the Super Eagles as the first Nigeria national team was first composed on June 26, 1949.

Rohr, a former defender as a professional footballer was born in Mannheim, Germany. He took over as Nigeria’s coach in 2016 having previously handled Burkina Faso, Niger and Gabon apart from being a coach of clubs like Etoile Sahel of Tunisia, Bordeaux, Creteil, Nice and Ajaccio in France.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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