The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick, have publicly shed light by soundly rejecting the hearsay that the NFF is trying to manipulate the German tactician out with T & C of his new contract. Pinnick blamed the media of undoubtedly causing frictions between the footballing body and the German tacticians even when calls were made for his sack after the 2019 AFCON as reported by Channels Television.
“He has a contract and the contract says he has the right to first refusal. Now we are sending the contract to him and the contract definitely we have maybe one or two provisions but not radically different from what he has and that is the truth.”
“So the truth is when people talk about Gernot Rohr, I know a lot of people that were antagonistic when we brought him in the first time. They said he coached Niger he coached so and so that he is not fit to coach Nigeria.”
“After the World Cup he was accused of not introducing a change if not we would have beaten Argentina, that he is not wanted and that when we lost to South Africa it was the same thing.”
“But the NFF has always been steadfast because we don’t take individual decision, we take collective decision and sometimes we engage the Ministry and get their opinion.”
“Whatever we are doing is in the best interest of the country. Like I said his contract is not radically different from what he use to have.”
While speaking on the possible fallout between himself and Rohr, Amaju said “We’ve always had very wonderful relationship with him,… Like yesterday we were on the phone for like 45 minutes, we talk everyday, I don’t have any issues with him, I don’t have anything against him.”
The football big wig, also cleared the air about the controversy surrounding the payment of Rohr in Naira as well as that of the Super Eagles players.
Pinnick said “When they play in Nigeria, their bonus has been in Naira. Then when they play abroad then we pay them in dollars. But that can even change because like I said we are going to take so many difficult decisions that will go across board because we need to promote our fiscal policy.
“If the government is saying we need to strengthen our Naira we shouldn’t be paying in dollars, we are an integral part of the government and we must support anything the government is doing and that is the truth.”
While speaking on the process of the delayed contract, he said “The process is ongoing. Two days ago it (contract) was sent to our external solicitor, then it will come back to the NFF before we send it to him. So I believe within that 10 days, this is the seventh day, he will get it and he will respond.”