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Why we sacked Rohr as Super Eagles coach –Amaju Pinnick, NFF predident 

Anthony Iwuoma

The President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, as given reasons the soccer house kicked out Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily breakfast programme on Monday, Pinnick said the decision to give Rohr the boot was in order to avert a looming disaster in the country’s football.

According to him: “It wasn’t an individual decision; it was a collective decision from the committee. We didn’t want a disaster to happen before taking the decision.”

Pinnick also disclosed that the federation was indebted to the 68-year-old Franco-German coach but promised that the debts would be paid within a few months.

He said: “We are owing him a couple of monies and they will be cleared off (in) five months.”

Rohr’s sacking on Sunday had been lurking in the wings for some time due to poor runs of the national team that has put Nigeria’s qualification for the next World Cup at risk.

Gernot Rohr made history as the longest-serving coach the Super Eagle’s ever had, has been in the saddle a whopping 64 months and seven days.

Meanwhile, the NFF has appointed Austin Eguavoen, former captain and one-time coach of the Super Eagles to manage the team on an interim basis, pending the appointment of s substantive manager.

Eguavoen’s appointment is his second chance of handling the Super Eagles to the Africa Cup of Nations. All things being equal, he could be in charge of the team during the play-off for a place at the Qatar 2022 World Cup, which could stand him in good stead for a longer deal.

Eguavoen was a former Super Eagles’ fullback, who also assisted Coach Christian Chukwu in the qualifying series for the 2006 World Cup before eventually succeeding him.

The NFF had denied reports that Rohr was sacked.

The Nigerian Xpress reported that Gernot Rohr, Super Eagles manager, is still in the employ of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Gernot Rohr had been earlier rumoured to have been shown the exit door by his Nigerian employers, but the NFF says that was far from the truth.

The denial was made by NFF’s Assistant Director, Media, Ademola Olajire, who denied knowledge of the development.

Olajire said, in a statement, that removal of a coach takes processes and that had not been the case with the reports being circulated.