GERNOT ROHR: NFF DEBUNKS RUMOURED SACK
Just yesterday, the media was awash with the news that Gernot Rohr; the coach of the male senior football team of Nigeria, the Super Eagles, has been relieved of his duties. This was coming on the heels of the disappointing result of the fixture between Nigeria and Cape Verde in Lagos over the weekend.
However, the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has debunked such rumours, this was contained in a statement released to the media by the NFF boss, Amaju Pinnik.
Pinnik noted that the NFF board is still studying the report of the technical committee, which was submitted after the match against Cape Verde on Tuesday. He further clarifies that the board has not arrived at any decision to sack Rohr but hinted that there were a number of possibilities.
He however gave the assurance that whatever decision that is eventually taken will be one that will please the generality of all Nigerians.
The Franco-german and former Coach of Burkina Faso has been in charge of the super Eagles since 2016 and has led them to two major tournaments; the AFCON and the World Cup.
But considering the average performance of the squad in recent games, Nigerian football lovers and pundits are already calling for his dismissal.
Although the Super Eagles already qualified for the CAF 2022 World cup qualifier playoffs and African cup of Nations (AFCON). Nigerians seem not to be satisfied with disappointing results, like a demeaning loss to Central Africa Republic in Lagos and a shocking draw to Cape Verde, also on the home soil.
The widespread opinion is that the squad had lost focus under his leadership; as they tend to play out of sync and without a pattern. However, should the NFF decide to show Rohr the exit door now, they will have to pay him compensation, as he is yet to exhaust the terms of the contract extension he signed last year, and they should also be ready to settle his arrears.