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World Cup playoffs: Rohr leads race for Black Stars job – report

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Published 29 January 2022

Just over a month after he was sacked by the Nigeria Football Federation, former Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has been linked with the coaching job of Ghana’s national team ahead of their Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying play-offs against Nigeria in March.

The Black Stars are in search of a new coach following the recent sacking of Serbian Milovan Rajevac due to their disastrous outing at the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Ghana finished bottom of their Group F with just one point and exited the 33rd edition of the AFCON without a win.

The Ghana Football Association announced on Wednesday it had parted ways with Rajevac.

Following the exit of Rajevac, the GFA is now in search of a replacement and Rohr, who until December 12, 2021 was in charge of the Eagles, is believed to have the capacity to turn around the fortunes of the Black Stars.

According to reports in Ghana, the Franco-German is leading the race for the position of the Black Stars head coach job following the departure of Rajevac.

According to ghanaweb.com, a close source of the 68-year-old gaffer revealed that Rohr was leading the race to be appointed head coach of Ghana’s national team.

“Gernot (Rohr) is very much open to the Ghana job,” a source close to the coach told ghanaweb.com.

“Ghana football has great potential and his experience of the African game will help him steer the team in the right direction.

“His knowledge of African football is deep especially with West African teams. Besides Nigeria, he also handled Burkina Faso and Niger. Rohr also had a stint with Gabon in 2017. He has the quality to handle the Black Stars,” the source added.

“Gernot achieved FIFA World Cup qualification with Nigeria in 2018 and is keen on guiding Ghana to the 2022 edition. Ghana has big name players like Andre Ayew, Thomas Partey, Daniel Amartey amongst others who are hungry to play at the World Cup and Gernot can help turn that dream into a reality.”

The Black Stars and the Eagles will battle for a slot at the Qatar 2022 World Cup in March after they were drawn together at a ceremony in Yaounde, Cameroon last week.

Meanwhile, former Black Stars midfielder Otto Addo, has been linked with the position. Another name making rounds is Ibrahim Tanko, who won the UEFA Champions League with Borussia Dortmund in 1997.

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