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Gabon appoint Gernot Rohr as new coach

German coach Gernot Rohr
Gernot Rohr is the new coach of Gabon

2012 Africa Cup of Nations co-hosts Gabon have named German coach Gernot Rohr to take charge of the national team.

The 56-year-old signed a two-year contract to lead the Panthers to the tournament they will host with Equatorial Guinea.

He takes over from his former Bordeaux team-mate Alain Giresse, who was sacked at the end of last month's Africa Cup of Nations.

Rohr has never managed at international level after a coaching career that also included spells at Nice and Tunisian side Etoile du Sahel.

But the German says he will entice Europe-based footballers eligible to play for Gabon to join up with the side.

"We are going to try to convince players and their agents that it is sometimes worth more to be a first-team Gabonese international rather than play at amateur level in England or France," Rohr said.

There was widespread disappointment in Gabon when the national team was eliminated after the first round of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola last month.

As co-hosts with Equatorial Guinea, Gabon automatically qualify for the 2012 Nations Cup.



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Etoile du Sahel end Rohr contract
15 May 09 |  African
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