The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has queried Super Eagles technical head, Gernot Rohr for several breaches of the contract he signed with the football -ruling body.
Technical Director of the NFF, Bitrus Bewerang stated that Rohr must explain reasons for revealing information in his contract to the media.
Bewarang further hinted that Rohr’s recent action of disclosing issues beyond technical matters to the media is highly unprofessional and against the spirit and letter of his contractual relationship with the soccer house.
“In as much as we appreciate the work that Mr Rohr has been doing with the Super Eagles in the past 40 months, his recent penchant for breaching provisions of the contract he signed with the NFF and the Code of Conduct for coaches is not good for the relationship,” Bewerang told reporters in Abuja on Wednesday.
“The NFF wishes that Mr Rohr continues in the job because of the team he is building for Nigeria which looks promising and has earned some good results since he took charge, but he cannot continue to nonchalantly cause the NFF as a body, and Nigeria as a nation, reputational damage through his utterances and action.”
Bewarang regretted that Rohr has continually and flagrantly disrespected the provisions of his contract and the Code of Conduct for coaches, divulging information at every turn to generate negative reports about the NFF and Nigeria in the public space.
“As at today, the only money that the NFF is owing Mr Rohr is the differential in his new contract (about $30,000) which our financial advisors have to align and interface with AITEO before payment (as the improved contract came into effect in the last half of the year), and which process was concluded on Friday last week. He will soon be paid.
“Mr Rohr has talked about bonus from the 2019 AFCON, which is not contractual but discretionary on the part of the Federation.
“The present NFF started the policy of paying players a percentage of tournament bonus during the 2018 FIFA World Cup just to motivate them, outside their bonuses and allowances.
“We did not pay any bonus for the 2021 AFCON qualifying matches against Benin Republic and Lesotho because we are in the process of negotiating with the players on a new template of bonus payments based on performance after qualification for championships. This is still being discussed.
“The NFF is very much alive to its responsibilities but will not tolerate disrespect for the body and the country by anyone.
“NFF can never be happy owing coaches in its employ which is the reason why the present administration took the unprecedented step of putting in place a sponsor specifically to pay coaches’ salaries.
“Last week, we paid all the National Team coaches and we are putting in place mechanism to ensure we don’t owe them going forward.
“We commend AITEO for its belief in the NFF and for always making funds available to pay the coaches.”
The NFF Technical Director expressed deep appreciation to all the partners and sponsors of the football Federation for their commitment to the letter and spirit of their contracts with the football –governing body.
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