NFF Debunks Gernot Rohr’s Sack Report

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), yesterday debunked the reports that Super Eagles Manager Gernot Rohr would be sacked saying there is no truth in the report.

The name of the Franco-German coach has played widely in both local and international media yesterday, with most platforms stating authoritatively that the 68-year old has been given the boot by the federation.

However, President of the NFF, Mr. Amaju Pinnick, said that no such decision has been taken.

“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. 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 make decisions. Any decision we take must be what will be acceptable to Nigerians from far and near,” Amaju stated.

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

However, the performance of the national team since the third placed finish at the last AFCON 2019 in Egypt has dwindled with most pundits casting doubt on the ability of the coach to take the national team to the agreed bench-mark at the next African Cup of Nations in January next year and the coming World Cup qualifying play-off next year March.

However, newsmen checks on the contract agreement with the coach revealed that the Glasshouse cannot afford to sack the Franco/German tactician because he has not defaulted on his contract which stated that he must take the nation to the AFCON final and qualify the country to the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar.

NFF would be forced to pay a hefty severance sum should it decide to go by the popular opinion to sack him now.