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We Have Not Sacked Gernot Rohr, Says NFF

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), dismissed rumours that the country had parted ways with Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, following what has been perceived as unimpressive display by the team in the race to the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

The name of the Franco-German played widely in both local and international media in the course of Thursday, with most platforms stating authoritatively that the 68-year old had been relieved of his duties by the NFF.

However, Nigeria’s football governing body President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, said that no such decision had been taken as there is no truth in the reports that it had sacked the Super Eagles Head Coach.

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr (C) with players after the Cape Verde World Cup qualifier

“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,” the NFF said in a statement. “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,” the statement concluded.

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.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria may face either Ghana, Egypt, Cameroon, Mali or DR Congo for a place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

 

Chidi Nwoke/NFF.

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