The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare has declared that it is only the Nigeria Football Federation, the employers of Super Eagle’s Chief Coach that can decide his contraction extension when it expires in June 31st 2020.
The Minister disclosed this when the Eagles handler paid him a courtesy visit yesterday at his office at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja yesterday, he however thanked him for his contribution to Nigerian football through handling of the Eagles so far.
Speaking on the Coach’s contract, the Minister stated, “I understand that there is a contractual arrangement in place with the Nigeria Football Federation. I will allow them to work through the process. I have read so many things in the media like you too of course. I have also read that the NFF President (Amaju Pinnick) has said that they will sit down with Coach Rohr and then work out the final details and I think that is the normal thing. You have a contract and it is about to end you have to sit down and review it.
“I believe that will be objective meeting. I also believe that the outcome of course should be the best”, the Minister explained.
Mr Dare also promised to support the coach and the team to succeed even as expressed concerns at the current state of football in Nigeria with an optimistic assertion that things would get better.
He said “Are we happy about where our football is at the moment? Not exactly but we know there’s an ongoing process that will make this country a better football nation. That process is on and you are part of the process,” Mr. Dare told Rohr.
He further expressed” We hope that as you continue to Coach our darling Super Eagles Nigeria would maintain the recent victory against Lesotho, “Nigeria is a football loving nation. We love our football and we also love our victories,” the minister said.
He urged the coach to share experiences with the domestic league coaches.
Coach Gernot Rohr, who asserted that the Minister is going in the right direction said, “I wish you good luck and I hope we can work together.”
The Eagles Manager also presented the Minister with a signed No 7 jersey of Eagles Captain Ahmed Musa in appreciation of the Minister’s support to the team since he was appointed.