Sacked coach of the senior national team of Nigeria, Gernot Rohr, has admitted he will miss the Super Eagles players he had worked with over the last five years.
The German tactician also said he had built a good team that had chances of doing well in the future.
He, however, stated that it was better he parted ways with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
Rohr was fired by the Nigerian football governing agency, NFF, on Saturday, despite qualifying Nigeria for the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament slated to hold in Cameroon next year.
The NFF also confirmed that Austine Eguavoen would lead the team to the AFCON in interim capacity, pending the appointment of a substantive coach for the team.
Reacting to the decision of the NFF to terminate his deal, Rohr who had been at the helm of the senior national team of Nigeria since 2016 said he had no hard feelings over his departure from the team.
He noted that he wished the team well, while maintaining that his exit from the team might be good for them as they headed for the AFCON.
“We leave a team with good chances for the future. I will miss the players and the staff but it’s perhaps better like that,” he told Owngoalnigeria.com.
“It’s a huge frustration, but I don’t want to argue; it’s not my style,” Rohr told AFP.
“(I’m) convinced that they will have a very good CAN because the team is in place, and this very united group is ready for the challenges that await it.
“I’m going to have a hard time doing without these great players and this very united staff, but the environment is not always favourable; we cannot control everything.”
Rohr had handled the national teams of Gabon, Niger, and Burkina Faso before he was appointed the Super Eagles coach 64 months ago.
SaharaReporters, New York