Amokachi: Vogts Best Eagles Foreign Coach In Last 15 Years

Amokachi: Vogts Best Eagles Foreign Coach In Last 15 Years

Former Nigeria international Daniel Amokachi has described legendary German defender Berti Vogts as the best Super Eagles foreign coach in the last 15 year.

Amokachi made the claim during his radio programme titled ‘Bull’s Pit’ on Brila FM on Friday.


Vogts was appointed Eagles head coach on January 2007 and signed a four year contract.

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However, following the Eagles’ poor showing at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana where the team lost 2-1 to the host in the quarter finals, Vogts resigned from his position in February the same year.

After his departure the Nigeria Football Federation  (NFF) has gone on to appoint two foreign coaches.

Lars Lagerbäck of Sweden was appointed before the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, where they crashed at the group stage while current coach Gernot Rohr for the job in 2016.

Despite his short spell with the Eagles, Amokachi rated Vogts the best among the foreign coaches in the last few years.

“For me the best foreign coach that has handled the Super Eagles in the last 15 years is Berti Vogts,” the 1994 AFCON winner said.

“He was a World Cup winner with Germany so for me he was the best foreign coach we’ve had this few years.”

Vogts was a member of the West German team that won the 1974 FIFA World Cup on home soil.

Prior to the World Cup win, he helped West Germany win the 1972 European Championship.

After taking over succeeding Franz Beckenbauer as Germany’s head coach In 1990, he led the team to a runners up spot at the 1992 Euros, where they were shocked 2-0 By Denmark in the final.

At the 1994 World Cup in the United States, Vogts German side lost their title as world champions, following their 2-1 defeat to minnows Bulgaria.

Vogts eventually won his first title as Germany’s head coach as they were crowned European champions at the 1996 edition hosted in England.

His last assignment with the team was at the 1998 World Cup in France where they got eliminated in the quarter-final, no thanks to a 3-0 defeat to debutant Croatia.

Other teams he handled include Bayer Leverkusen, Scotland and Azerbaijan.

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  • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

    This mad guy is here again with another junk talk highlighting his low sense of judgement, no wonder he failed as a coach. Amokachi go back to your sleep.

    • Hahaha lolx funny maybe na coronavirus day worry the Bul,

    • A.K 247 2 years ago

      He must have meant to say the coach with the highest profile. That is why he only mentioned his achievements prior to his appointment as the coach of the SE. He failed as the coach of the SE

  • Adeniyi 2 years ago

    What did I just read? What’s Amokachi smoking pls? In terms of win ratio? Achievement or what? Someone that couldn’t even meet our traditional semifinal slot at AfCON 08?

  • Actually, Amokachi is right: Berti Vogts is the best foreign coach the Super Eagles have had in the last 15 years.

    From the angle in which the 1996 Olympics Gold medallist was looking at it, his point is unputdownable.

    Like I said in another post, although football has taken a back seat due to the novel corona virus pandemic, something else has to be scoring the goals to make headlines hence these bombastic claims and revelations that are surfacing in recent weeks are surely hitting the back of the net.

    Having won 7 and drawn 5 out of his 15 games for the Super Eagles, Berti Vogts’ reign wasn’t bad all!

    And you’d be mad to even compare Vogts with Rohr, Berti Vogts was much, much better!

    Just think about it: playing and then managing a powerhouse like Germany is overly eye-watering. Germany were, are and will continue to be one of the best football teams on the planet. As a player, Berti Vogts is a FIFA World cup and UEFA European Championship winner with Germany while winning the latter with his country as coach.

    His win ratio for Germany as coach is 65% having won 66 out of 102 games. He would go on to coach in high profile capacity for Bayern Munich and Scotland before coming to Nigeria.

    Now, would you want to compare his portfolio with that of Rohr? The highest profile country Rohr managed before coming to Nigeria is Burkina Faso. I am unsure whether he ever represented his country in his playing days and his credentials in club management doesn’t jump out as being highly exceptional.

    So, Amokachi knows what he is talking about.

    Now, when the NFF employed Berti Vogts in January 15 2007, fans Super Eagles fans would have been forgiven for thinking that winning the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations was a foregone conclusion, after all, Berti Vogts has a proven track record of mammoth achievements both as a player and a coach.

    But I have to tell you, for anyone who watched the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, the Super Eagles were underwhelming! Berti Vogts might have won the world cup with Germany, he was going nowhere with Nigeria.

    2006 under Eguavoen and 2004 under Christian Chukwu saw Nigeria play more purposeful football and go much farther in the tournament than under Superman – Vogts. Neither of these has won the World Cup! In fact, Eguavoen’s impetuous tackle helped knock us out of a world cup!

    Although, in Amokachi’s words, Berti Vogts is the best foreign coach Nigeria have had in the past 15 years (in terms of pedigree and his resume) the German was undoubtedly one of the worst when it comes to Super Eagles achievements and the way the team played. Under him in 2008, Nigeria had the most awful African Cup of Nations outing since 1982!

    For those of us wanting Gernot Rohr to give way to a dynamic, mesmeric ex-world cup winning coach, just remember that there are still very many Berti Vogts out there!

    What Berti Vogts achieved with Germany is not my business (I am not German); but how far we have come under Gernot Rohr is an object of happiness, joy and passion to me as a Nigerian.

    • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

      Hehehehehe…that is to say we may easily hire the much clamoured for World class coach tomorrow such as Didier Deschamps (Who like Vogts followed up a Euro Silver medal performance with a major cup itself) and get dumped out of 2021 AFCON R16 or sacrifice merits, experience and competence on the alter of nepotism and get another African Guardiola that will fail to qualify us outright for 2021 AFCON.

      When Morrocco hired world class 2-time AFCON winner, Herve Renhard, it was a given that they would better their No 7th placing in Gabon 2017 (their best since 2004 when the lost to Tunisia in the final). Fast forward to 2019 in Egypt, they were dumped out by who….Benin Republic….in the R16 finishing in 9th position overall.

      Simply put….be careful what you wish for..!

      My fear has neither been whether Rohr goes or stays (He must surely go someday), my greatest fear has always been whom the perpetually backward propelled NFF (with the selfish and parochial interests) will engage as his replacement….and how much have they not disappointed with the clandestine appointment of someone who isn’t even a Coach as the Asst Manager of the national team.

  • Ayphillydegreat 2 years ago

    “For those of us wanting Gernot Rohr to give way to a dynamic, mesmeric ex-world cup winning coach, just remember that there are still very many Berti Vogts out there!” LMAO!!!

  • It will not be out of place to now believe that Amo d bull has been doing loads of pass pass give these days. Most probably now relocated to Kalakuta Republic..

  • Tunde Banks Dehinbo 2 years ago

    @Deo, you are vey Champion for the day…..Big ups to you my man 
    Surely Amokachi has been smoking a lot of Marijuana ever since they announced him to be Ambassador of football, really not surprised judging by his coaching flops with SE.
    His sense of judgement leaves a lot to be desired not only in his football analysis but also in his life in general…………marriage to a Tunisian model at such young age, buying a private jet, a flop at Everton etc.

  • A.K 247 2 years ago

    He must have meant to say the coach with the highest profile. That is why he only mentioned his achievements prior to his appointment as the coach of the SE. He failed as the coach of the SE