Tanzania’s former national team coach, Emmanuel Amuneke is set to be named the next handler of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, if the words of a renowned footballers’ agent are anything to go by, megasportsarena.com gathered exclusively.
The agent’s declaration comes at a point talks of a renewed contract between Rohr and Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are still dragging, yet the Franco-German gaffer’s deal is scheduled to run out at the end of June, meaning he has barely two months left in the saddle.
With the NFF top brass having put what appear to be ‘impossible’ terms and conditions in a new proposal before Rohr, many critics are of a view that the football lords are stylishly trying to force Rohr out, by giving him what they believe he will not consent to.
Although NFF president, Melvin Amaju Pinnick said on a cable television channel at the start of this week that the officials are close to reaching an agreement with Rohr and a new contract will be signed in the coming days, a highly respected players agent is alleging otherwise.
The popular agent (names withheld), who was responsible for deals in Scandinavian countries for a former Super Eagles’ defender and an ex-striker of the Super Falcons, hinted Tuesday night from his base at a country in Southern Africa that Amuneke has already been sounded out about taking the job.
Though the agent did not provide details of the development, he stated curtly in a message via social media that the 1994 African Footballer of The Year, who is currently working as technical director of a struggling club in Egypt, will be the Eagles’ next coach, stating curtly: “Amuneke is Super Eagles’ next coach.”
It is now left to be seen if this verdict means Amuneke will step in for Rohr at the end of June, once the former Niger Republic, Gabon and Burkina Faso gaffer fails to reach an agreement with the NFF, or if the ex-Julius Berger FC of Lagos, Zamalek of Egypt, Sporting Lisbon of Portugal and Barcelona of Spain star will take over when the current handler’s next tenure ends.
However, the agent’s declaration is in contrast with the assurance by Pinnick, while speaking on Arise TV, that a new contract will be ready within a week for Rohr, but admitted it would then be up to the tactician to accept the terms therein.
Pinnick reiterated that the NFF have stipulated a handful of terms that Rohr will be expected to abide with and, once the Franco-German gaffer agrees to all the new conditions that have been put before him by official at The Glasshouse, the deal would be sealed.
The NFF supremo stressed that Rohr must bow to the demands put before him by the football governing body before his third contract as Eagles’ head coach will take effect, but the former Delta State Football Association and Delta State Sports Commission chairman added that he and other officials at The Glasshouse in Abuja actually want the gaffer to continue on the job.
This would to a large extent and for the time being put on hold speculation in various quarters that the NFF are trying to force Rohr out, as the manner in which they have apparently dragged feet on the issue of a contract extension has left many critics wondering, especially as the gaffer’s current deal has entered the final three months.
With sporting activities postponed across the globe following the coronavirus pandemic, feelers persist that Rohr, whose last outing with the Eagles was a 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Lesotho on November 17, might have coached his last game for Nigeria.
However, in contrast with that line of thought, Pinnick reiterated the federation’s preference to retain the former Girondins-Bordeaux defender and coach for the next AFCON and World Cup but further stressed that, despite affirming that Rohr has done so well in his time in charge since 2016, the NFF will not hesitate to drop him if he balks at the terms of his new contract.
He also reminded Rohr that there are three conditions that the gaffer must accept in the new deal, being that he should live Nigeria, be paid in the local currency and watch more matches in the domestic league, otherwise he will be dropped, because other coaches are ready to step in.
The NFF boss, though, went on to disclose that officials at The Glasshouse will still go ahead to seek advice from the ministry of sports and their lawyers, while giving the tactician enough time to study the terms and conditions therein.
Pinnick concluded: “We will seek legal opinions on international coaches’ contracts. We shall also seek the opinion of the Sports Ministry. He should get the contract in about a week’s time so that he can revert after studying it.
“We have told him he must live in Nigeria, and that his salary will be paid in Naira. He must go round League venues and see how he can nurture the players. If he is able to accept, we have a deal. I speak with all the players. I speak with the coaches. We try to right many wrongs.
“We believe he has done so well and we can maintain this dynamic relationship. We have a young, talented and disciplined team and we believe they can do very well in the next Africa Cup of Nations and the next World Cup.”