President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has revealed that some desperate coaches, who want to take over the Super Eagles’ job, are those engineering some Nigerians to call for the sack of coach Gernot Rohr, said the Guardian.
The campaign for the sack of the coach by some Nigerians to NFF had begun just before the super Eagles beat Tunisia for the bronze medal.
In an interview with the Guardian, Pinnick admitted that “no amount of campaign and blackmail against Rohr” would cause the NFF to change its support to the German coach.
Pinnick further added that there is no good or clear reason to sack Rohr. The NFF boss said coaches who are desperate for the position are those pushing for the sack of the coach. Pinnick maintained that despite their effort, the NFF would not be pressured to appointing new coaches, as in time past those appointed have failed woefully.
The Guardian cited Pinnick saying: “Rohr still has existing contract with the NFF and we believe in him. We appointed him in 2016 with the mandate to qualify Nigeria to Russia 2018 World Cup, and he did it. The Super Eagles finished unbeaten from a tough Group B that had Zambia, Cameroun and Algeria. We later extended his contract to 2020 after he qualified the team for the Nations Cup. The fact that the Super Eagles couldn’t win the AFCON title in Egypt is not enough for people to clamour for his sack. So many countries are looking for him (Rohr) as we speak. We should be thinking on how to build the team for future challenges and not how to look for money to pay off the coach and his assistance, and then begin the search for new ones. No, that is not in our agenda.
“I want Nigerians to remember where we are coming from. Before Rohr took over, we could not qualify for two editions of the Nations Cup. He qualified us to Russia 2018 with a game in hand and also booked the ticket to Egypt 2019 with a game in hand. And in Egypt, Rohr qualified us to the round of 16 with a game in hand. So, why should we sack him?,” Pinnick queried.