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As the Nigerian Super Eagles prepare for a crunch, double header in qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar against the Central African Republic, it has been revealed that the team’s Franco-German coach Gernot Rohr has been out of action for eight months. received a salary.
In a after By noted sports journalist Oluwashina Okeleji through his Twitter account, the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) Rohr, who has been in charge of the Super Eagles since 2016, owes the past eight months.
In a viral interview several months ago, Leon Balogun, the top player of Glasgow Rangers, complained about the state of football affairs in the country.
Since then, the NFF has signed and signed mega endorsement deals with telecommunications giant MTN, Air Peace and Baba Ijebu Lotto. The deal with MTN alone would be worth about 500 million Naira.
In the immediate aftermath of these deals, NFF President Amaju Pinnick spoke to the media and revealed that the backlog of salaries and unpaid match bonuses for the players had been gradually cleared, also stating that the Nigerian Football Federation was 85% “self-financing”. ”.
It came as a shock to learn that the federation has failed to pay coach Rohr his $45,000 monthly salary since January 2021. same position, including the team’s video analyst, scout, goalkeeper coach, fitness trainer and several others.
Rohr has qualified the Super Eagles for three major tournaments since his appointment, including the 2018 FIFA World Cup, 2019 African Cup of Nations and the 2021 African Cup of Nations. The 68-year-old coach will try to qualify for his fourth major tournament against the Central African Republic.
Rohr and his Super Eagles will be starless Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi, Oghenekaro Etebo and Terem Moffi for the two games against CAR, with players like Taiwo Awoniyi and Calvin Bassey receiving their first call-up to the national team.
Twenty-two of the invited players have arrived at the team’s camp in Lagos, with goalkeeper Maduka Okoye being the last player expected in the camp for their first training session.
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