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Rohr did not accuse journalists of corruption, says NFF

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) yesterday denied the report that Super Eagles’ Manager, Gernot Rohr accused Nigerian journalists of being corrupt, adding that the coach was quoted out of context of the interview he granted some journalists.

In a statement yesterday, the NFF said, “the Super Eagles handler told us categorically that he never said all journalists were corrupt. He sent us a transcript of the interview he granted and nowhere in it was the word ‘corrupt’ used. 

“He did admit to stating that people, who acted as agents put pressure on his crew on who to pick in the World Cup squad and also that the pages of the papers were awash with claims and counter claims but never did he state that the media had no right or that they were corrupt in their approach.”  

The NFF added that Rohr “is in the middle of preparing for a big assignment – negotiating the World Cup in Russia (otherwise he would have responded personally) – and all we can enjoin Nigerians to do is get behind him and our Super Eagles team in seeing that we reach appreciable heights in this forthcoming World Cup tournament.”  

The federation reminded Nigerians that for “almost two years now, Rohr has built a wonderful relationship with Nigeria – his players, his employers and we are sure that he is on amiable terms with the media.  

“We would like to encourage this camaraderie and try not to allow misquotes and wrongly perceived comments to derail what the federation is trying to achieve with him for our football. ” 

Also reacting to the story, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick said, “We believe in our media and we believe in the quality of what they do for our football.

And having personally spoken repeatedly to Gernot Rohr, he has convinced us that he is on the same page with us on this drive.”


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