The newest story coming from the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) entails that the Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, has just put pen to paper to a new two-year deal. Should Gernot Rohr see the end of this new contract extension as the Nigerian national team head coach, he will be the longest-serving head coach in the history of the Super Eagles.
This important announcement was made official a few hours ago by Amaju Pinnick, the president of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF). Amaju Pinnick on Twitter said: “I’m happy to announce that the @thenff and Coach Gernot Rohr have concluded all contractual discussions and he will stay on as Coach of the Super Eagles. We have always had confidence in his abilities and we are confident that the national team can only go higher from here.”
Gernot Rohr has been in the dugout as the head coach for the Nigerian national team side since August 2016. He has been given a brief of guiding the Super Eagles to qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and pursuing a fourth Africa Cup of Nations title win in 2021.
Rohr has given more attention to young players since he was first appointed and he has contributed one way or the other in convincing players born abroad to switch their international allegiance to Nigeria.
The new deal offered to Gernot Rohr contains that the Super Eagles head coach agreed to collect a pay cut and be paid in local currency. Also, part of the agreement is that the German must reside in Nigeria.
Rohr shed more light on this a few days ago when he was interviewed by ESPN: “I never talk about my contact in public, as you know. But I heard like everybody what was said by president (Amaju) Pinnick, that I have to accept to be paid in naira, and I have to be resident in Nigeria. I agree with these two things, and even I agree to have a lower salary. I am not doing my job for money. I am doing my job because I like it. Because we have built a team as you know, and money is not the most important. But I also have to look after my assistants. I accept because I think my mission in Nigeria is not finished yet, and I know very well my players. I know very well the officials. We are now just like a family, and I think it is good to continue especially in this period now where it is difficult to change, to travel, to see new people.”