Morocco is reportedly interested in hiring Super Eagles’ Coach, Gernot Rohr to replace Frenchman, Herve Renard who left as the coach of the Atlas Lions following their second-round exit at the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Rohr is now said to be at a dilemma whether to accept Morocco’s overtures or continue managing Nigeria’s young team ahead of the 2021 African Cup of Nations and the 2020 World Cup qualifiers, which begin later this month.
Renard’s resignation has forced the North African nation to begin a search for capable replacement.
The Guardian quoted a source to have said that Morocco has approached the Franco/German with a view to getting him to take over their national team.
According to the source, Rohr, who took the Super Eagles to a third-place finish in Egypt, is weighing his options and consulting with his friends before arriving at a decision.
“Don’t forget that he still has an existing contract with Nigeria, which he cannot break easily because of the financial implications.
“He has a close relationship with his players and top officials of the NFF hence his reluctance to quit Nigeria. But you can never say never.”
Renard, who won AFCON with Zambia (2012) and Cote d’Ivoire (2015), had been in charge since February 2016.
“It is time for me to close this long and beautiful chapter of my life,” said the Frenchman, 50.
In a statement on social media, Renard said he was “not without some emotion and sadness”, adding: “It is an inevitable decision taken well before AFCON 2019.
“I took this decision after having – of course – carefully considered [it]. It is therefore irreversible.”
Renard took Morocco from 81st in the Fifa world rankings to 47th.
He led them to two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, and to the World Cup in Russia in 2018 – the first time the Atlas Lions had played at the global event for 20 years.
His hopes of winning a third AFCON title were dashed in Egypt, and Renard admitted it was not the outcome he had expected.
“We had all hoped [for] better for the Afcon 2019 in Egypt. But this is football – it gives birth to the wildest hopes (after three wins in the first round [for the] first time in Afcon final tournament for Morocco), and brings us hard to the reality of a too-quick elimination on penalties.”