Gernot Rohr has spoken about his worst moment during his five-year stint as the head coach of the Nigeria national team.
The 68-year-old took the role on August 9, 2016, and went ahead to oversee 64 matches, where he managed 35 wins, 13 draws, and suffered 16 defeats.
However, on December 12, 2021, he was sacked by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) despite qualifying the team for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, and the final round of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup.
“Yes, the worst day was when we were supposed to celebrate that we had qualified for the play-offs and we were called to say that we are sacked, unfair and painful,” Rohr told Punch when asked about his worst moment with the Super Eagles.
Asked how he felt when Nigeria exited the World Cup in Russia at the group stage, Rohr said: “I was disappointed, but it was the youngest team of the World Cup.
“We all must accept this lack of experience in the last minutes of games and also, there were regrets because of the penalty, there was a clear handball for us and unfortunately, no second penalty [was given to us].
“After our last World Cup game against Argentina, we got many congratulations for the performances of our team, the youngest in the competition.”