Sack Gernot Rohr Now, Idah Peterside Tells NFF

Former Nigeria goalkeeper Idah Peterside has called on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to fire head coach of the Super Eagles Gernot Rohr immediately, adding that the 67-year-old tactician has ‘nothing to offer again’.

The 46-year-old former Rangers and Moroka Swallows shotstopper made the call on his official Facebook page shortly after the Eagles were held to a 1-1 draw by Cape Verde in a Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying encounter decided at the Teslim Balogun stadium in Lagos on Tuesday.

The call may not be unconnected to the largely disjointed and unimpressive performance of the team under Rohr, who has been in charge of the 3-time African champions since 2016.

“Pls, NFF let our coach (Gernot) Rohr go now. He has nothing to offer again. Pls, pursue him now,” Peterside, who is now a clergyman, wrote on Facebook.

Despite guiding Nigeria to a third-place finish at the 2019 AFCON and qualifying for the 2018 World Cup with a couple of games to spare, the Super Eagles have struggled to play good football, with Peterside joining the growing number of stakeholders calling for the dismissal of the former Gabon and Burkina Faso coach.

On Thursday, local media was awash with reports of Rohr’s sack, with the NFF debunking the rumours.

The NFF, who are struggling to even pay salaries of the Franco-German tactician, will cough out around $1m in compensation if they terminate his contract prematurely.