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FIFA to give verdict on NFF-Gernot Rohr

Former Head Coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Gernot Rohr says he is expecting a verdict from football’s world governing body (FIFA) this week.

In a chat with UK-based African Football Expert, Osasu Obayewana,  Gernot Rohr revealed that the expected verdict is in respect of the complaint and demand for compensation, filed by his lawyers at FIFA against what he called ‘unfair dismissal’ by the Nigeria Football Federation.

The NFF Board, backed by the Minister of Sports, sacked the Franco-German tactician, last December, with just weeks to the commencement of the delayed 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, held in Cameroun from January 7 to February 6, this year.

In a tweet on his official handle, Obayewana also revealed that a visibly angry Rohr blatantly declined to comment on his sacking and replacement by Augustine Eguavoen, in interim capacity.

“I just don’t want to say anything about my relationship with the NFF for now. I am expecting to get the result of my case against them next week from FIFA”.

Rohr, who spoke from his home in France, has a contract with the NFF until December, 2023, but his sacking left thousands of Nigerian football fans and supporters of the Super Eagles sharply divided, given that he had almost seamlessly qualified the Eagles for all the major tournaments he prosecuted, while meeting the targets set for him in those competitions. 

However, the NFF and Sports Ministry, as well as fans who supported his dismissal as Head Coach, have hinged their position on what they see as a lack of tactical depth and unattractive style of play by the former Eagles gaffer.

In May 2020, Rohr revealed that he had signed a two-and-a-half-year contract that was meant to extend his reign as Super Eagles Head Coach till December, 2022.

Reporting by Chinedum Ohanusi; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor