Rohr: FIFA mandates NFF to pay former Super Eagles coach $378,000

Rohr: FIFA mandates NFF to pay former Super Eagles coach $378,000

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has asked Amaju Pinnick’s board of directors to compensate German strategist Gernot Rohr for wrongful dismissal.

Rohr’s contract was terminated early, and the Nigeria Football Federation has been requested to pay him $380,000 in compensation.

After five years in charge, Rohr was fired, and Augustine Eguavoen was brought in as a temporary replacement.

Before his dismissal, the 68-year-old had come under fire from Nigerians as the Super Eagles battled; but eventually advanced to the second round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers from Group C.

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The Franco-German then appealed to Fifa to seek compensation for breach of contract.

“If full payment (including all applicable interest) is not made within 45 days of notification of this decision; the respondent [the NFF] shall be imposed a restriction on receiving a percentage of development funding, up until the due amounts are paid,” stated Fifa decision as reported by BBC Sport Africa.

The ruling also stated that the NFF would be sanctioned if the tactician was not paid in full within 45 days.

“This sum basically reflects whatever is left to pay him as previously agreed; until the end of December 2022,” a source from NFF told BBC Sport Africa.

“We can only wish Mr Rohr all the best.”

Rohr was named as permanent manager of the three-time African champions in August 2016; following the departure of the Nigerian great Sunday Oliseh.

He won his first game in charge of the Super Eagles – defeating Tanzania 1-0 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.

The German tactician led the country to the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia; as well as the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations – where Nigeria finished third after defeating Tunisia in the third-place match.

After the NFF evaluated his performance, he agreed to a two-and-a-half-year contract extension in May 2020.

In 54 matches with Nigeria, the former Bordeaux coach had a record of 28 wins; making him the most-capped coach in the country’s history.

Nigeria was also fined 63 million dollars ($154,086) by FIFA for crowd unrest during their 2022 World Cup play-off versus Ghana at the MKO Abiola Stadium.

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