Gernot Rohr, who was sacked as Nigeria coach on Sunday, believes the Super Eagles can have a successful Africa Cup of Nations.
The 68-year-old was replaced by Augustine Eguavoen just four weeks before the delayed 2021 Nations Cup kicks off in Cameroon.
“It’s a huge frustration, but I don’t want to argue, it’s not my style,” Rohr told AFP.
“(I’m) convinced they will have a very good Nations Cup because the team is in place, and this very united group is ready for the challenges that await it.”
Rohr, who was Nigeria’s longest-serving manager after taking charge in August 2016, had led the Super Eagles team to both Africa’s 2022 World Cup play-offs and qualification for the Nations Cup.
However, he was criticised for poor results against lower-ranked opponents during the World Cup qualifying campaign, which included a 1-0 home defeat by Central African Republic.
“I’m going to have a hard time without these great players and this very united staff, but the environment is not always favourable, we cannot control everything,” Rohr said.
The Franco-German led Nigeria to the 2018 World Cup and guided the team to third place at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.