NFF Denies Owing Rohr, Links Dennerby’s Exit To Maureen Madu

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has shed light on the state of affairs regarding Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr’s salary and the reason behind Thomas Dennerby’s resignation from the Super Falcons.

The NFF in a series of tweets on it’s official Twitter handle, dismissed as untrue, claims emanating from noted journalist Osasu Obayiuwana that it was owing Rohr a three month backlog of salaries.

Obayiuwana had tweeted on Thursday that the Franco-German hadn’t been paid in three months.

Addressing the claims, the NFF noted that Rohr had been paid all outstanding salaries save for the month of September which it said “is being processed”.

Regarding the position of Thomas Dennerby who recently turned in his resignation over complaints of interference, the NFF suggested that the real reason behind the Swede’s resignation was because his demands more “expatriate coaches” and “an indigenous coach who do[es] not have the required license” were rejected.

The indigenous coach is thought to be former international and Dennerby’s assistant Maureen Madu whose contract wasn’t renewed after it expired.

Explaining that Dennerby who won the 2018 Nations Cup with the Falcons and led them to their highest ever finish at the World Cup since 1999 had enjoyed an unprecedented “level and amount of support” during his time as coach, the NFF said, acceding to the Swede’s demands for more foreign coaches “would have left our indigenous coaches presently with the team in a lurch”.

Under the indigenous coaches led by acting head coach Christopher Danjuma, the Super Falcons crashed out of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualifiers to Cote d’Ivoire and would miss the Olympics for a third year running.

Gernot Rohr and the Super Eagles are presently in Singapore where they will play five-times World Champions Brazil in a friendly on 13 October.