Sources close to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have dispelled widespread rumours about the imminent resignation of Franco-German tactician Gernot Rohr as Super Eagles head coach.
Earlier reports had claimed Rohr would resign from his position next week following a meeting with NFF chiefs in Morocco. Those reports added that the former Bayern Munich defender has grown frustrated with the criticisms he has received since the shocking 2-0 home loss to South Africa in a 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier especially from the Technical Department.
Speaking on the matter, another source revealed that: “There was a showdown meeting between Rohr and the Technical Committee after the South Africa loss, after which the Committee recommended certain things including vetting the list of players invited, and injecting new Technical staff into the team, which the coach frowned upon.”
Gernot Rohr is said to be unhappy that the NFF’s Technical Department has concluded plans to meddle in coaching matters like team list vetting, injection of technical staff etc. If the alleged interference is true, then Technical Department members have obviously displayed a high level of incompetence by carrying out their tasks in a wrong way.
The Technical Department of any football body including the NFF has two major roles. Those include opposition team scouting and making recommendations for the executive committee (which may or may not be utilised). To this effect, the department would do well by focusing on their real job instead of chasing shadows.
In addition to debunking the aforementioned rumours, close NFF sources also disclosed that the NFF President and Confederation of African Football (CAF) Executive Committee member Amaju Pinnink left Los Angeles yesterday to link up with Gernot Rohr in London for a strategy meeting scheduled for today.