‘NFF Should Re-examine Rohr’s Contract’
The recent poor performance by the Super Eagles against Sierra Leone is a source of worry to all Nigerians and the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) must be ready to take a bold decision on Gernot Rohr if the slide continues, a top official of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has said.
According to the source, who pleaded anonymity, “The two legged draw against Sierra Leone calls to question the technical competence and commitment of Rohr to the team. The Super Eagles is Nigeria’s biggest football brand, which cannot be toyed with. If Rohr fails to meet the expectations of millions of Nigerians, then we will have no choice but to do the needful.
“The NFF must be ready to take the bull by the horns instead of hastily defending Rohr. This poor result trend should not repeat itself, otherwise we shall review the entire team set up. The Super Eagles represent more than 200 million people; they wear our national colour and sing the national anthem. They don’t represent any individuals or federation, but the entire country. The aspirations of millions of Nigerians cannot be mortgaged by an individual or small group of people.”
He added: “The match against Sierra Leone is a wake up call to review the entire Eagles set up, the coach, players and even those who administer the game. The ministry has a responsibility to review what happened to avoid a repeat of such poor performance in the future.”
This is coming on the trail of NFF President, Amaju Pinnick defence of Rohr.
Amaju had told the BBC: “Nobody is happy about what happened against Sierra Leone in both matches. But it is not enough to sack the coach because his team is still top of the Nations Cup group after four matches.
“His statistics speaks volume for him, so on what indices do we want to sack him considering the contract recently signed by both parties.
“No matter how emotional and disappointed the fans are, there’s no basis to sack him now and he deserves to keep his job.”