FOOTBALL: Nigerian Coach Gernot Rohr may be sacked

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has hinted that Super Eagles Head Coach, Gernot Rohr, may be sacked. He, however said no such decision has been taken.

Mr Amaju Pinnick, Nigerian Football Federation President

Pinnick said, “The Board of the NFF is studying the report of the Technical Committee, which it submitted after the match against Cape Verde in Lagos on Tuesday 16 Nov 2021. There are a number of possibilities but we have not taken a decision to sack Gernot Rohr. I want to assure that whatever decision is eventually taken will be one that will please the generality of Nigerians.

“Mr Rohr has a contract with the NFF and there is a procedure for disengagement. If we get to that bridge, both parties will look at the contract and see what has to be done both ways. The Super Eagles’ squad is a national asset and we are just fortunate to be in that space to take decisions. Any decision we take must be what will be acceptable to Nigerians from far and near.

Also, Mr Sunday Akin Dare, Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports Development, says Gernot Rohr’s fate as Super Eagles head coach would be decided next week, when the report by the NFF on Rohr’s performances in recent matches is ready.

Mr Sunday Dare, Nigeria’s Minister of Youth & Sports Development

Rohr, a former Germany international defender, has led the Super Eagles in 54 international matches over the course of 5 years and 3 months, winning 28 of those matches.

Mr Gernot Rohr, Head Coah of the Nigerian Super Eagles

Following the “lacklustre” 1-1 result against Cape Verde in Lagos on Tuesday 16 Nov 2021, there has been an outcry by many Nigerians for the Head Coach to be sacked.

Coach Rohr with Super Eagles players on Tuesday 16 Nov 2021

His new deal with the Super Eagles will expire after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, and it has now been revealed that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will pay him more than ₦600 million in compensation, if they finally decide to dismiss him.

Rohr currently earns $45,000 or 18.5 million per month as salary, and still has one and half years to go on his contract.


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