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BY: OLATOYE OLAWALE

Former Nigeria goalkeeper, Abiodun Baruwa (M.O.N)

Former Nigeria goalkeeper, Abiodun Baruwa (M.O.N) has labelled the Nigeria Football Federation's (NFF) expectations from Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr as good pressure.

The 66-year-old recently signed a new two-year contract extension with the NFF after his satisfactory performances since he took charge of the West Africans.


The Franco-German qualified the Super Eagles for the 2018 World Cup in Russia with a game to spare, before leading the side to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, having missed the previous two editions in 2015 and 2017.

The former Bordeaux manager, who paraded one of the youngest teams in the tournament, guided the West Africans to finish third in the competition.

Rohr's employer has, however, mandated him to win the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon and lead the side to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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Former Nigeria international Baruwa dismissed suggestions that the targets would put the German under pressure which could have an adverse effect on the Super Eagles.

" I don't think the Nations Cup target will put Rohr under unnecessary pressure as some people have said," Baruwa said, as per the Guardian.

" The federation left homegrown coaches to hire and pay him an attractive salary because they expect him to win laurels for the country.

" It is a good pressure on the coach and players to win AFCON and excel at the World Cup because the NFF wants the team to succeed.

" The Super Eagles players also need this type of motivation because they have won trophies with their clubs and their next target should be to win laurels for the country."

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