The president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has explained why the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has continued to work from outside Nigeria. The Franco-German coach is mandated to stay in the country according to his contract.
In an interview with Arise TV, Mr Pinnick explained that Rohr has never kicked against working from Nigeria but he is forced to operate mostly from abroad since most of the players he works with are based abroad.
He said, “We have a contract with Gernot [Rohr] to live in Nigeria and he has not been antagonistic to that. That is the truth. I’m not trying to defend him when I don’t need to defend him.
“But most of our players live outside the shores of this country and that what we do right now is that he is at the head of a monitoring team that monitors and talks to our players, talks to their teams, their backroom staff, their coaches and because he is an ex-international himself, he has a relationship with most of their coaches. These are some of the things people don’t know,” Mr Pinnick explained.
Many Nigerian fans have claimed that Mr Rohr’s overseas operation is one of the chief reasons why the Super Eagles coach has given few opportunities to players on the domestic scene to vie for places in the national team.