Pinnick Opens Up On Rohr’s Future

NFF President Amaju Pinnick has assured Nigerians that any decision on the future of embattled Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr will be in the general interest.

Pinnick made the declaration following a two-hour meeting with sports minister Sunday Dare in Abuja where Rohr’s future was discussed.

Rohr, 68, has led Nigeria’s men’s national team since 2016 but is all but certain to be dismissed over widespread dissatisfaction with the Eagles’ recent performances despite the team securing qualification for the 2022 AFCON and remaining in contention to qualify for Qatar 2022.

Reports suggest only the NFF and sports ministry are thrashing out the fine details of Rohr’s payoff and identifying a successor to the Franco-German before any announcement is made.

And following Thursday’s meeting which also had the NFF secretary-general in attendance, Pinnick said a decision on Rohr isn’t far off.

“We have discussed with the Minister. We have a new direction, I have to discuss with my Executive Members. I will also come back to give feedback to the Minister,” Pinnick said.

“We are working in close harmony with the sports ministry. We don’t want to hurt Nigerians. We are looking at our decision from an objective perspective. Trust me, whatever we are doing, it will be in the interest of the country.

“We have looked at all the documentation. I can assure Nigerians we will have a clear direction soon. Ultimately, we will come out with what benefits this country,” he added.

The FIFA Council member also revealed that the CAF Executive Committee had agreed to use the FIFA Rankings for November to determine the seeding for the CAF World Cup qualifying draws in January.

The development means Nigeria will be among the top five teams seeded at the draws alongside Senegal, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco. Egypt, Ghana, Mali, DR Congo and Cameroon are the unseeded teams.

Aggregate winners of a two-legged home-and-away playoff will book their place as one of five African teams at next year’s World Cup.