Nigeria World Cup Qualifiers (2026)

2026 World Cup Qualifiers: Gernot Rohr suffers major blow ahead of Super Eagles’ revenge mission

Nigeria World Cup Qualifiers: Gernot Rohr’s revenge mission ahead of Benin Republic’s clash against the Super Eagles of Nigeria appears to be facing significant setbacks, reports.

There is a schedule that the Benin Republic will face the Nigerian national team. This will happen at the Felix Houphouet Stadium in Abidjan on June 10th as part of the ongoing 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

The German tactician, who led the Super Eagles for over five years, has emphasized the importance of his current team securing a victory against their West African neighbors.

However, his quest for a win against Finidi George’s squad faces a significant blow. This is due to an injury to their in-form forward, Andreas Hountondji.

Rohr’s Revenge Mission Against Nigeria

Rohr did not leave his role as the Super Eagles coach on a good note. This is because he was sacked by the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick.

According to Pinnick, Rohr’s dismissal happened because of the lack of discipline within the team. Augustine Eguavoen was appointed as interim coach to restore order.

“We did everything that we could, but one major factor was that discipline in the team was lost practically. In the dressing room, discipline in the team was at its lowest ebb and once you remove discipline, that foundation in the team has cracked,” Pinnick stated, as quoted by Punch.

After he departed from the Super Eagles, Rohr was appointed by Benin Republic. He has been on a mission to retaliate for his disappointing exit.

Rohr Dealt Major Blow

The injury to Andreas Hountondji, a prolific goalscorer this season, could have a major impact on Coach Rohr’s objectives.

Hountondji sustained a hamstring injury during the second half of the Ligue. 1/Ligue 2 playoff between Rodez and Saint-Étienne on May 24.

According to a report from the Fédération Béninoise de Football, medical examinations revealed a hamstring injury. This is making Hountondji doubtful for Benin’s upcoming games against Rwanda and the Super Eagles. Hountondji has been pivotal for Rodez, contributing to 21 goals in 39 appearances.

Under Gernot Rohr’s leadership, Benin has managed only one win, five draws, and four losses. This makes the next two matches crucial for the Cheetahs’ hopes in the qualifiers.

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