Keshi loses out in race for Burkina Faso job

GERMAN trainer, Gernot Rohr, has been named coach of the Burkina Faso national football team, a report on the CAF website said on Wednesday.

Rohr replaces Belgian Paul Put, who parted ways with “Les Etalons’’ after the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) held in Equatorial Guinea in January.

At the competition, the Burkinabes who were losing finalists at the previous edition in South Africa crashed out at the group phase.

The report quoted a statement by the Federation Burkinabe de Football (FBF) released on Tuesday night as announcing the new appointment.

It said the federation settled on the 61-year old as the best option.

Before this, the FBF had named a three-man shortlist which had Rohr, Nigeria’s Stephen Keshi and Milovan Rajevac of Serbia from 38 applications received for the vacant post.

The federation said the German trainer would be unveiled to the press in the next few days after the finalisation of the terms of engagement between the two parties.

Rohr was previously in charge of Gabon and Niger, guiding the former to the quarter finals of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

He went on to crash out at the first round with Niger during the 2013 edition in South Africa.

A defender during his playing days, Rohr had also coached at French sides Bordeaux, Creteil, Nice, Ajaccio, Young Boys of Switzerland and Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel, among others.

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

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

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. 

His most recent posting was as coach of Niger between 2012 and 2014. 

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