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 Gernot Rohr wins $378,000 battle with NFF



After the traumatic exit from qualifying its team for the Qatar 2022 World Cup and its attendant loss of possible $12 million windfall, the Nigeria Football Federation were handed yet another financial headache as FIFA has ordered that dismissed  coach, Gernot Rohr be paid a compensation totalling  $377,879.46 (N156.7million).

The money is to be paid within 45 days.  The NFF thus have a deadline of June 12.

Only days ago, in the same framework of World Cup qualifying in which the body will get nothing, it is compelled to pay a fine of 150, 000 Swiss Francs ($154,000) (N62,214,000).

This has put the indebtedness of the body at $531, 879.46 (N220.5million). The debt profile is further compounded by the fact that the NFF had agreed to pay Rohr’s salary from November 2021 when he was dismissed to December 2022 when the contract was expected to lapse.

The NFF had agreed to pay Rohr’s salary until the end of his contract, which expires in December 2022, but the Franco-German went to football’s world governing body Fifa to demand an additional sum for breach of contract without just cause.

According to BBC, Rohr, 68, had sought a total of £1m  but has been granted $377,879.46 after a FIFA tribunal decided his claim was “partially accepted insofar as it is admissible”.


The ruling by the FIFA players’ status chamber added that the NFF would be sanctioned if Rohr was not paid in full within 45 days.

“If full payment (including all applicable interest) is not made within 45 days of notification of this decision, the respondent [the NFF] shall be imposed a restriction on receiving a percentage of development funding, up until the due amounts are paid,” said the FIFA decision.

According to a BBC report, “the NFF, which is on the verge of announcing another foreign coach for the Super Eagles, will not be appealing the decision.

“And a top official of the football body has hailed the Fifa ruling as a victory for the West African nation.

“This sum basically reflects whatever is left to pay him as previously agreed until the end of December 2022,” the source, who wished to remain anonymous, told BBC Sport Africa.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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