Nigeria coach Rohr agrees to pay cut


Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has agreed to take a three-month pay cut in a bit to help the country’s football mother body navigate the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The German reportedly takes home $US55,000 (R1 million) salary every month and a percentage of that sum is paid to his three assistants Tunde Adelakun, Nabil Trabelsi and also Jean Luc Royer.

“Of course, everybody in the moment has an obligation to understand that there are no matches,” the 66-year-old told ESPN.

“Clubs and federations have problems with money, even if they have assistance from FIFA or UEFA, but everybody has to be ready to make sacrifices.

“So I already told NFF that in the months from April to June, we are agreed to cut our salaries, which is also a sign of solidarity.”

Sources within the Nigerian Football Federation revealed that the gaffer gave up a percentage of his wages to ease pressure on his employer.

The former Burkina Faso manager took over from Sunday Oliseh in August 2016, and led the Super Eagles through a successful qualifying campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He signed a two-year-extension after the tournament.

He led the Super Eagles to third-place finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). There were widespread calls from Nigerian fans and ex-footballers to axe him after an underwhelming AFCON campaign.

However, it is thought that the NFF would have to part with over US$1 million (R18.7 million) to dismiss him. Rohr has the hefty payment clause in his deal with the federation.

NFF president Amaju Pinnick is on record as saying his administration has “a long-term plan” with the German.

The Super Eagles have played 49 games under his tutelage and have won 29 of those, drew 11 times and lost nine.

By Mthokozisi Dube

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