With 49 days to go before Super Eagles’ next assignment at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, the days remaining for Nigeria’s Super Eagles’ manager to stay on the saddle appear fast turning into hours.
Major Nigerian newspapers have reported that the era of the German coach may have become history.
According to Vanguard newspapers, Rohr’s fate has been sealed. The newspaper quoted an unnamed top official of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) saying that the football house was ready to pull the strings and see to the termination of Rohr’s contract.
“Rohr is gone,” our source continued, adding, “the decision has been made, what is left now is how to get his replacement without delay.”
The newspaper further revealed that the process to sack Rohr commenced on the evening of Tuesday, November 16, soon after the final group match of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier between the Super Eagles and the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde.
Although the encounter ended 1-1, with the Eagles securing qualification for the playoff in March, the performance of the team was nothing to write home about.
Most fans at the Teslim Balogun Stadium were left wondering whether Rohr was the right man to lead the Super Eagles to her fourth continental title and a ticket to the Qatar World Cup next year.
Vanguard revealed that in a move that was apparently swayed by the general mood among football fans and enthusiasts, top brass of the football federation summoned the coach for showdown talks. The meeting resulted in disagreement between the coach and his employers.
Another major Nigerian newspaper, The Punch reports that Rohr confirmed that the NFF had asked him to resign.
It is believed that the NFF cannot afford to sack Rohr because of the financial implications involved.
The source quoted by the Vanguard pointed out that the it was financial constraints that have stalled the sack of the coach.
The good news, however, is that the federation is intensifying effort to raise money to pay Rohr off. Rohr’s case is closed ,” Vanguard source concluded.
The newspaper also quoted former Nigeria international goalkeeper, Idah Peterside who is a sports analyst and pastor in South Africa as saying: “It is over with Rohr.”