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Burkina Faso Dump Keshi, Appoint German Coach

Burkina Faso Dump Keshi, Appoint German Coach

By Izuchukwu Okosi:

Super Eagles embattled coach Stephen Keshi has lost out of the race to be appointed the national team coach of Burkina Faso, Completesportsnigeria can report.


The Burkina Faso Football Association on Wednesday appointed Germany’s Gernot Rohr as their new coach after their disappointing 2015 Africa Cup of Nations campaign .

The 61-year-old replaces Belgian Paul Put who left by mutual agreement after their first-round elimination in Equatorial Guinea last month.

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Put led the side to the 2013 CAN final in South Africa where they were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Nigeria.

The news was broke by Burkina Faso’s popular website Koaci.com, who claimed to have learnt of the development from the Burkinabe Football Association.

The duration of Rohr’s contract was not revealed although it was confirmed he will also coach the Burkina Faso Olympic team.

He played for 17 seasons as a defender, including spells with Bayern Munich and Bordeaux, before moving into coaching in 1990.

Rohr led Bordeaux to the 1996 UEFA Cup final, where they were beaten by Bayern, and also coached at Nice, Young Boys, Ajaccio, Nantes and Tunisian side Etoile Sahel before his first national job at the helm of Gabon between 2010 and 2012.

Rohr’s most recent posting was as coach of Niger between 2012 and 2014.

Meanwhile in a live television programme monitored on Wednesday by Completesportsnigeria.com, member of the technical committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, Paul Bassey, confirmed that in the coming weeks, the new deal offered by the NFF to Keshi will be made official.

Bassey added that Keshi’s proposed new salary will not be #3m as reported by some sections of the sporting media but #5m.

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