Following a 1-1 draw with Ghana in Abuja in the second leg of their play-off on Tuesday, the Eagles were eliminated on the away goals rule.
The 68-year-old, who was fired by the NFF in contentious circumstances in December after a record-breaking five years, four months, and ten days in command of the three-time African champions, also questioned why he was fired.
Austin Eguavoen took over as coach and won four games (against Coton Sports Garoua, Egypt, Sudan, and Guinea Bissau), drew two games (against Ghana in the World Cup playoff), and lost one game (against Tunisia in the 2021 AFCON round of 16).
“It was a tremendous disappointment that the team (Eagles) did not qualify,” Rohr stated.
“Nigeria had the best players, but they didn’t work together as a team, thus they didn’t qualify.” Those in charge of the team should be questioned about this disappointment, as well as why I was fired, because I could have done better.
“My heart breaks for the players, the staff, and all of the ardent fans.” Since the last World Cup in Russia, Qatar 2022 has been our goal. For the majority of them, the World Cup in Qatar was their final opportunity to compete.
“At the very least, reach the World Cup quarter-finals and give Nigerian football a positive image, as we have in the last five years,” he stated.
Meanwhile, NFF General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi stated that the federation could only be held liable if it can be proven that they failed in their duty to equip the squad with the necessary enabling atmosphere and logistics to succeed.
“There was nothing the team needed that was missing,” he stated. The government supplied required assistance, and the NFF organized the logistics. We didn’t leave anything to chance, to tell you the truth. It’s a pity that things ended up the way they did. It’s all about winning and losing in sports. Nobody wants to lose, but it does happen from time to time. We are disappointed that, despite a draw in Kumasi, the Eagles were unable to win in Abuja.”