Nigeria coach Rohr owed eight months’ wages

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The Nigeria Football Federation owes Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr eight months’ salary.

The Franco-German, who guided Nigeria to qualification for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, was last paid in February by his employers.

Reports are that Rohr’s backroom staff who include the team’s video analyst, chief scout as well as fitness and goalkeeper trainers are also owed.

NFF president Amaju Pinnick has previously blamed the coronavirus pandemic and the financial challenges the public health crises brought on the national team’s sponsors for the body’s failure to pay the salaries of the Super Eagles’ technical team.

“With the pandemic and challenges facing oil companies, things have been tough for our sponsors Aiteo, who are responsible for the payment of coaches,” Pinnick told BBC a few months ago.

He said there were circumstances beyond their control. “It is not a good thing to owe, and we don’t like the image it creates. We are looking at every means not to owe. The toxic atmosphere has really affected our sponsorship drive, but we can’t give excuses.

“We are working religiously and assiduously to resolve this as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile, Rohr held his first training session with the Eagles ahead of Thursday’s Qatar 2022 World Cup against Central African Republic at the Teslim Balogun stadium.

The reverse fixture is billed for Douala, Cameroon three days later. Rohr took over from Sunday Oliseh as Nigeria coach in August 2016, and since then he has led the Eagles to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where the team failed to reach the second round and to win the bronze medal at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

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By FARPost Reporter