The top brass of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) may have been hit with a deadline on which to reach terms on a new deal for Super Eagles’ coach, Gernot Rohr, as the man at the centre of the storm has thrown the gauntlet to officials at The Glasshouse, megasportsarena.com reports.
While NFF top shots appear to be stalling on reaching an agreement with Rohr before the end of his current contract in June 2020, the Franco-German gaffer appears eager to sort things out, in order to weigh his options heading into the upcoming year.
Rohr has been in charge of the Eagles since 2016, during which time he has won 21 matches, lost ten and drawn seven, but he declared in the aftermath of Sunday’s 4-2 win away to Lesotho in the second match of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that ‘the ball is in the NFF’s court’ in terms of how much longer he will be in charge of the Nigerian senior national team.
The former handler of Niger Republic, Gabon and Burkina Faso appear to be urging the NFF to offer him a new deal, following two straight victories at the start to the AFCON 2021 qualifiers, which will now be on hold until the next round of fixtures in August 2020.
That would be two months after the expiration of Rohr’s current contract, which has left many observers wondering what the NFF’s next line of action will be, as they could jolly well wind down on the present deal without a single match coming up again for the gaffer to handle, unless another international friendly comes out of the blue early next year.
Rohr admitted he would love to continue with the Eagles, especially as he is happy to see his band of youngster finally gelling to his tactics and ideas, but he hinted further that the choice on whether he stays or not depends on what the NFF’s hierarchy have in mind and what they would ultimately put on the table for him to peruse.
”I enjoy to coach this team of course. We have a project also, we have young players, we are progressing and we started very well the qualifiers and the qualifiers will continue after the end of my contract. The ball is in the camp of the officials now,” Rohr submitted.