President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Pinnick has explained that the offer of a fresh, two –year contract to Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr was a result of the Federation’s desire to ensure there are no distractions of any size or complexion around Nigeria’s 2018 FIFA World Cup preparation and participation.
Gernot Rohr, signed by the NFF in August 2016, has met the first milestone of his contract, which is ensuring the Super Eagles qualifying for a sixth FIFA World Cup finals with a match to spare from a group, which included current African Champions, Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia.
“We have decided to confront head-on any possible area of conflict or controversy, and fully resolve each and every possible friction point well ahead of the competition.
“After signing the agreement on payment to the team from expected FIFA income, the next stage was to take care of the Technical Adviser. He has done very well and does not need to go into the World Cup uncertain of his future,” stated Pinnick.
Following the 1-0 defeat of Zambia in Uyo on 7th October that guaranteed Nigeria’s place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, Rohr, whose qualifying squad has been declared the youngest of all 32 finalists, told thenff.com: “I love working with this group. I am delighted being at the head of such a wonderful, level –headed and ambitious squad.”
After signing a two –year contract with the NFF last year, Rohr told thenff.com: “I have a German heart – the heart of a winner. I have confidence that with the right atmosphere and the right support, the Super Eagles have the capacity not only to qualify for the FIFA World Cup, but to get to the latter stages of the competition.”