Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) egg heads are facing a dilemma in arriving at a decision over the future of Super Eagles’ coach, Gernot Rohr, with a section of the soccer body’s leadership dangling an idea of allowing the Franco-German tactician continue after the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, while others want him out.
Megasportsarena.com gathered that, although a decision is widely expected to be taken on whether to cancel his contract or allow him continue after Wednesday’s third place match against Tunisia, feelers indicate that nothing concrete will come forth, as the top shots of the soccer body are raising various arguments over the matter, either in support of the coach or against him.
While some are of a view that Rohr should be retained for continuity, others believe he does not have anything new to offer the squad, and pressure is rising from Nigerian soccer fans that want him out.
However, the 66-year-old tactician might not be able to escape the axe if his team does not win Wednesday’s third place match against Tunisia, as his status is already at its lowest ebb, following the team’s defeat by Algeria in the semi-final on Sunday.
The former Gabon, Niger Republic and Burkina Faso handler, who has a year left on his contract with the NFF, has been heavily criticized for his tactics and selection of players in the tournament, but top brass at The Glasshouse in Abuja have already indicated their desire for him to remain in charge.
The ex-Girondins-Bordeaux of France and Bayern Munich of Germany defender, who took charge of Eagles in August 2016 and qualified for the team to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with a match to spare, before doing so in reaching Egypt 2019, has been lambasted by critics as being stereotype, indecisive and fixated.
The NFF have also come under fire for sticking with an expatriate coach, who failed to go beyond the World Cup group stage and has now fallen short at the Nations Cup, while an indigenous handler, former national team captain, late Stephen Keshi achieved both feats during his time.
However, Rohr is staying calm over the matter, as he wants to for now to concentrate fully on Wednesday’s consolation match in Cairo, but admits he will have to face what is to come afterwards.
Rohr told BBC Sport: “I’m still under contract for another year, so we will see what is decided together.
“There is no hurry because we want to finish third now. We will take a look at my overall results after the third-place match.
“There are positives for us to look at on this journey, but after this final game we can think and then talk about the future.”
However, NFF president, Melvin Amaju Pinnick has already signified his intention to keep Rohr on the job, despite admitting that there have been some areas of disagreements with the tactician over team issues.
Pinnick said: “He will remain in the job. I have complete confidence in him. Gernot has taken us to the semi-final, the target we set for him.
“Right now, we have a third-place match to play for and we intend to have our team leave Egypt with honour.
“There are some people that have been calling on me and the federation to sack Gernot. But I am not going to do that.
“In fact, Gernot is going on a refresher training period with Bayern Munich after the Nations Cup. We have a long-term plan with him.
“We have had rocky and difficult moments in our relationship, but this is normal in any relationship between two people.
“He is a good coach and we want him to remain with us. That said, we will work together on what needs to be improved upon.”