Rohr hits back at Pinnick over ‘must live in Nigeria’ demand

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has replied the Nigeria Football Federation NFF President, Amaju Pinick that the stipulation that he must agree to live in Nigeria in order to earn a contract extension is misplaced one.
The 66 year old coach told Pinnick that since he spends “more time in Nigeria than in Europe ”the clause in is yet to be signed contract is a misplaced one.


“I can’t comment(on Pinnick’s comments), all I can say is, since over three years I took over, most of my time are spent in Nigeria ,” Rohr said.
“But when I have to go to see my players, they are all in Europe. Only one is in Nigeria here.” Then I had to see to meet my players, their coaches in their club, their matches, to communicate, and I did it all the time. But all the time, I returned to Nigeria.
“So when I have a look at the past, I spent more time in Nigeria than in Europe.” he said


Speaking on a breakfast show on Arise TV on Monday, Pinnick said Rohr must live in Nigeria for the duration of his contract, accept a naira-denominated salary and “nurture” players from the domestic leagues.
But in an Instagram Live session with ESPN , the former Gabon coach refused to join issues with the NFF president and reiterated his commitment to working with the Super Eagles.
“My philosophy is not to speak about contracts in public, it is even written in my contract. But I saw just like you what has been said in the media but I cannot comment on it,” Rohr said.


“I’m waiting for the (contract) proposal. Things could be very easy. I don’t want more money, bonuses… just want to keep doing this.


“Personally, I received a few offers from other countries but I rejected them. I just want to take this team to the next AFCON and World Cup.”
Rohr concluded by saying that he has invited twenty-four home based players to the Super Eagles since his appointment as coach, with many of the players earning contracts abroad after their call-ups.


“I’ve invited about 24 local players since I was appointed. Funnily, most of them get a contract in Europe almost immediately.
“It’s difficult getting local players who are better than the ones we already have. That’s why CHAN is important.”

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