Gernot Rohr Accepts New NFF Contract Despite Salary Slash, Agrees To Stay In Nigeria

Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr has accepted the terms of the new contract offered to him by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) despite the stringent conditions and a salary slash caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Franco-German tactician said he wants to complete his “mission” in Nigeria while speaking to ESPN’s Collin Udoh on Tuesday.

“I never talk about my contract in public, as you know,” Rohr told the ESPN.

But I heard like everybody what was said by President [Amaju] Pinnick, that I have to accept to be paid in naira, and I have to be resident in Nigeria. I agree to these two things, and even I agree to have a lower salary.

“I am not doing my job for money. I am doing my job because I like it. Because we have built a team like you know, and money is not the most important. But I also have to look after my assistants.

“I accept because I think that my mission in Nigeria is not finished yet, and I know very well my players. I know very well the officials. We are now just like a family, and I think it is good to continue especially in this period now where it is difficult to change, to travel, to see new people.”

Rohr has been in charge of the Nigerian national football team since August 2016, leading the 2013 African champions to a third-place finish at the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt. His current deal ends on June 30.

The 66-year-old has reportedly agreed to receive fifty percent of his monthly salaries from April to June as solidarity in light of the impact of coronavirus on Nigeria’s economy.