Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President Amaju Pinnick has stated that winning the next Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament is a sacrosanct clause in the new contract agreed with Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr.
While announcing that the Federation and the Franco-German have found an agreement for a new deal on his official Twitter page on Wednesday, Pinnick stated unequivocally that the Federation and Nigeria’s Sports Ministry are uncompromising towards achieving that goal.
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Pinnick’s announcement puts an end to months of media war between both parties as regards what would be the terms and clauses embedded in a new contract for Rohr whose existing deal with the West African giants ends on June 30.
“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,” wrote Pinnick.
In the past days, it has been reported in some quarters that the Sports Ministry, headed by Sunday Dare was looking to higher former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, suggesting a discordant tune between the Federation and the Ministry.
Pinnick however laid to rest such insinuations, insisting that the Federation and their superior governmental body are in “total agreement” regarding the extension of Rohr’s deal and the task ahead for the former Gabon national team head coach.
Pinnick added; “We can now focus on qualifying for the World Cup and winning the Nations Cup. In truth, these are sacrosanct and Coach Rohr is aware of these conditions.
“Like the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development has rightly noted; we are uncompromising in these goals. The board of the Federation & I are totally in agreement with the minister on the goals for the team and it is unwavering.”
Rohr is expected to sign a new two and half years deal which would see him till the end of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, should he fulfil the demands of all finely poised clauses in the new contract.
Nigeria currently lead Group L of the AFCON qualifying race with maximum points having won their opening two games against Benin Republic and Lesotho respectively.