NFF chiefs at war again over 'unilateral decision' to appoint Rohr as Eagles coach

NFF chiefs at war again over 'unilateral decision' to appoint Rohr as Eagles coach
Rohr (second left) with members of the NFF technical committee in Abuja on Saturday

by Samm Audu

Sunday Aug 07, 2016. 08:18 can exclusively reveal that several Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) executives are again at daggers drawn with president Amaju Pinnick over his  "unilateral decision" to appoint Franco-German Gernot Rohr as new Super Eagles coach.

READ: Technical committee recommend Rohr as new Eagles coach

They are equally miffed that most of them only got to know about the plan to appoint the former Burkina Faso and Niger coach through the media after Pinnick blurted out the decision to the press in Lagos on Friday.

Pinnick barely escaped being impeached as NFF president days before the much-publicised visit of FIFA president Gianni Infantino to Nigeria last month.

And his executive committee members are again up in arms against him following what they termed as "his singular decision" to hire Rohr.

“They are at war with the president because they were not carried along in the decision to hire Rohr,” a source told

Part of the NFF leadership tried to calm frayed nerves when they addressed the NFF technical committee on Saturday at their hurriedly arranged meeting in Abuja.

The explanation was that Pinnick did not wish for a repeat of the bungling of the Paul Le Guen appointment and so kept away from the board the efforts to hire Rohr.

It is now left to be seen whether this explanation will be accepted by the NFF top shots, who continue to be frustrated that they are not part of the major decision-making process of the country’s football.

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