Pinnick: Desperate Nigerian coaches leading ‘Rohr out’ campaign
I want Nigerians to remember where we are coming from before Rohr took over – Pinnick
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President has claimed those, leading the charge for the national team coach to be sacked were known foes – the local coaches.
Gernot Rohr was appointed in 2016, on the cusp of Nigeria’s failure to qualify for two successive AFCONs – and since the Franco-German coach took charge of the Super Eagles, he has helped guide the country to the World Cup and the Nations Cup – on both occasions, with a game to spare.
However, some quarters of Nigerian football have questioned Rohr’s competence, as they believe he’s not tactically superior to the indigenous coaches.
Aftermath Nigeria’s third-place finish at the 2019 AFCON, calls for Rohr to be sacked further increased, but according to Amaju Pinnck desperate Nigerian coaches were the ones engineering the public to pressurise the NFF’s leadership.
“Does it really make sense for the NFF to sack Rohr now?” Pinnick asked in an exclusive with Guardian Nigeria. “What are his offenses? Some Nigerian coaches who are so desperate to take over the Super Eagles are those engineering people to mount pressure on the NFF to sack the coach.
But we won’t give them that chance. We know them, and what they are capable of offering the nation as coaches. “
“Nobody can push us around again on issues concerning appointment of coaches. We gave some of them the chance to prove themselves in the past but failed woefully.”
Pinnick, who made it clear that the NFF leadership were behind Rohr, a coach he claimed his many other African countries were looking to bring on board, stated that a third-place finish at AFCON wasn’t enough reason to sack a coach.
The NFF President added: “Rohr still has existing contract with the NFF and we believe in him. We appointed him in 2016 with the mandate to qualify Nigeria to Russia 2018 World Cup, and he did it.
“The Super Eagles finished unbeaten from a tough Group B that had Zambia, Cameroun and Algeria. We later extended his contract to 2020 after he qualified the team for the Nations Cup. The fact that the Super Eagles couldn’t win the AFCON title in Egypt is not enough for people to clamour for his sack.
“So many countries are looking for him (Rohr) as we speak. We should be thinking on how to build the team for future challenges and not how to look for money to pay off the coach and his assistance, and then begin the search for new ones. No, that is not in our agenda.
“I want Nigerians to remember where we are coming from before Rohr took over, we could not qualify for two editions of the Nations Cup. He qualified us to Russia 2018 with a game in hand and also booked the ticket to Egypt 2019 with a game in hand. And in Egypt, Rohr qualified us to the round of 16 with a game in hand.
“So, why should we sack him?”
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