The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has revealed that it has not thought of sacking Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr contrary to reports that the Franco/German might be sent packing following the team’s 1-2 defeat by Algeria in the semifinal of the on-going African Cup of Nations.
Shortly after the match, which took place at the Cairo International Stadium on Sunday night, news filtered out from the team’s camp that NFF had concluded plans to relieve Rohr of his appointment as head coach of the Super Eagles. But NFF President, Amaju Pinnick dismissed such claims yesterday, describing it as a baseless and mere wish of some individuals, who don’t want Nigerian football to progress.
“We don’t have such plans to sack Rohr, Pinnick told The Guardian in a telephone chat yesterday. “Anybody saying so does not have the support of the NFF.”
There were insinuations here that a decision to sack Rohr was reached immediately after the Super Eagles were eliminated by Algeria in the semifinal match on Sunday. The NFF was said to have expressed disappointment with Rohr’s substitutions, which many have claimed killed the rhythm of the team and rendered the Eagles ineffective after Villarreal FC striker, Samuel Chukwueze was removed for Henry Onyekuru.
Another reason why the NFF was angry with Rohr, according to an online report, was a Facebook post that got to the attention of the NFF on the eve of the match with Algeria, where a lady believed to have very close ties with Rohr, posted pictures of their emerging romance and went on to appeal to the NFF to pay her hubby his outstanding four months salary. The report stated that the NFF has cleared Rohr’s outstanding salary till June 2019.