Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr has appealed to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) not to sack him following the team’s exit from the 2018 World Cup.
Rohr’s men were eliminated following a 2-1 defeat to Argentina on Tuesday night.
The German, who has been in charge of the Super Eagles since 2016, said the team was moving in the right direction and that he wants to continue as coach with the 2019 African Cup of Nations as his immediate target.
“It’s a big disappointment, my team did the best, played a very good second half and are missing a few minutes to have qualified. I am proud of my players. We played well in the second half, we are missing a bit of experience, we have a young team and I think these kind of matches are building the character of the team and in four years they will be very strong.
“I would like to continue because I have a good feeling with this team. We have players who are very young doing well. It’s a good cocktail of youth, passion and discipline. We have never had any problems.
“We lost the first game, worked very hard to be better in the second and they did so well that we hoped to come through against Argentina.
“Like you see, we miss a bit of experience in the last minutes, but this is building the character and we will learn and be better in the next cup – the AFCON – and I hope we will do well in this competition,” he told reporters in St. Petersburg.