Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Chief Sunday Dare has given approval to Nigeria Football Federation to dispense with the services of Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, and has urged the nation’s football ruling body to look inwards for a replacement, Completesports.com reports
An impeccable source in the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development revealed to Completesports.com that Chief Dare, after carefully going through the technical report from the NFF and the reasons why the football authority wants him fired, gave the go-ahead for Rohr to be disengaged.
“The minister has given approval to NFF’s decision to sack the Super Eagles coach for poor performance, loss of control on the team and players’ restiveness, but the minister also advised the NFF to hire an indigenous coach in the interim to take charge of the Super Eagles,” our source divulged.
“There was no way Rohr would continue to handle the Super Eagles following series of indictments contained in the technical report and the reasons why the NFF wanted the Franco/German fired after the nerve wracking World Cup qualifying game against Cape Verde
“But the minister also advised the NFF to look inwards in the appointment of Rohr’s replacement to save the country several millions of money and also encouraging our local coaches who have been waiting for the opportunity to grow and achieve. The minister believes there are quite a few Nigerian coaches who are experienced as players and now coaches.”
Our source also revealed: “The NFF also explained how it intends to pay off the contractual agreement they had with Rohr and the minister is satisfied with the payment schedule”.
It would be recalled that the NFF Executive Committee met after the Super Eagles’ nerve-racking 1-1 draw with Cape Verde in Lagos, a match that almost threw Nigeria’s quest to be at next year’s World Cup overboard, and decided it was time to send Rohr packing
Unconfirmed reports in the media had it that president of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Piñnick has already made contacts with some foreign coaches with the intent to appoint one to guide the Super Eagles at AFCON 2021 in Cameroon and the 2022 World Cup qualifiers final play-off round.
Will the Pinnick-led NFF heed the Minister’s advise and appoint an indigenous coach?, will be the big question on the lips of the Nigerian football faithful.
By Richard Jideaka, Abuja