Franco-German Gernot Rohr will be at the World Cup for the first time after he qualified Nigeria for the finals against the odds.
After coaching Niger, Gabon and Burkina Faso, Rohr took up a much more daunting job with the Super Eagles in August 2016.
This happened after the three-time African champions had failed to qualify for a second straight Africa Cup of Nations and had been drawn in a tough group along with reigning African champions Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia for a place in Russia. Rohr had promised Nigeria World Cup qualification after he signed a two-year contract.
“I am enthusiastic to get to work. This is a big challenge because Nigeria have big players everywhere and have the ability to do well internationally,” he declared.
A 2-1 win in Ndola, Zambia, in October 2016 set the tone for a successful qualifying campaign as the Eagles recorded crucial home wins over Algeria and Cameroon before wrapping up qualification with a late Alex Iwobi winner against the Zambians in front of a home crowd in October 2017.