NFF: Gernot Rohr has our full support

Amaju Melvin Pinnick, president of the Nigerian Soccer Federation, has reaffirmed his support for embattled Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr despite growing calls for the German's immediate removal.

Amaju Melvin Pinnick, president of the Nigerian Soccer Federation, has reaffirmed his support for embattled Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr despite growing calls for the German’s immediate removal.

The 67-year-old forward faces intense criticism, especially after the Super Eagles’ performance during their double-headed qualifying for the 2022 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in which they failed to beat the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone, at home and away.

The Leone Stars forced the Nigerian men’s senior team to draw 4-4 at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium Benin City on Friday, November 13. The second leg at Siaka Stevens Stadium, Freetown on Tuesday, November 17, ended in a scoreless draw.

Immediately afterwards, Sunday Dare, Nigeria’s Sports and Youth Development Minister, directly criticized the results. He expressed it openly by insisting “that what is necessary will be done.”

In a recent tweet, the minister was candid about his feelings regarding the coach bank. “Nigerian football deserves better.” Former Nigerian international Yakubu Aiyegbeni even described Rohr as “the worst coach in Nigeria”.

However, for his part, Pinnick endorsed the former Gabon and Niger coach to continue in the role.

“Rohr has done well as our coach, qualifying for the World Cup and finishing third in the AFCON. He was the same coach who beat Argentina and tied with Brazil in friendlies ”, declared Pinnick in support while he was on the Sports Parliament program on national television.

“He has our full support.”

“Getting Rohr out is not as easy as Nigerians see it. The football federation would have to pay him, ”he explained.

The journalists concluded that such a reward is reportedly estimated at around $ 1.2 million.

Rohr, who was named Super Eagles manager in 2016, signed a new two-year contract, with a monthly payment of $ 45,000 (approximately N17m) in March of this year. Under his command, Nigeria has played 53 matches, of which they won 29, drew 14 and lost 10.

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