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NFF In Dilemma On Contract Extension For Rohr

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are stalling on talks to give Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr a new contract.

Rohr’s current contract runs out in June 2020 but the NFF are yet to resume talks over a new deal.

Earlier in September, Rohr said it was strange that his contract was ending right in the middle of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.

“It’s a bit strange that I have a contract ending while I have to qualify for the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon,” Rohr told ace British-Nigerian journalists Osasu Obayiuwana.

The 66-year-old in recent months have not seen eye to eye with the top brass of the NFF. He has complained about several issues including delays in payment of his salaries and wages and choice of friendly games.

It seems Rohr himself has been quietly preparing to part ways with the Super Eagles when his current deal expires as he reportedly held talks with DR Congo and Cameroon for a role as coach of their national teams.

Rohr took over the Super Eagles in August 2016 on a two-year contract which was renewed for another two years in January 2018.

The German coach has managed 37 games in charge of the Super Eagles with 20 wins, seven draws and 10 losses.

He however still divides opinions among Nigerian football enthusiasts. While a school of thought believes he has done a good job and needs to continue with the project, the other believes that he lacks the tactical abilities to take the Super Eagles to the next level.

Rohr has been on record saying he wants to continue with the Super Eagles project having seen through the emergence of a host of young players like Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze, Joe Aribo etc.

“I have a lot I want to achieve. Big things with Nigeria. I can see what the future can produce,” he also told Obayiuwana.

“I hope I can work with President Amaju Pinnick to achieve those things. But I don’t know my situation after June 2020. We have to see what happens,” he further said.

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The AFCON qualifier games between Nigeria and the Republic of Benin and Lesotho in 2021 on Wednesday, November 13 and Sunday, November 17 respectively could be Rohr’s last matches in charge of the Super Eagles.

Written by Efe Bridget

Efe Bridget Ehigbai is a writer at GoalBall. She is a graduate of Mass Communication with 12 years of experience working with reputable publications.

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