President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has explained why the football body offered Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr a fresh two years contract.
He said the decision was to ensure there are no distraction around Nigeria’s 2018 FIFA World Cup preparation and participation.
Rohr signed by the NFF in August 2016 has met the first milestone of his contract, which is qualifying the Super Eagles for a sixth FIFA World Cup finals.
Pinnick said: “We have decided to confront head-on any possible area of conflict or controversy, and fully resolve each and every possible friction point well ahead of the competition.
“After signing the agreement on payment to the team from expected FIFA income, the next stage was to take care of the Technical Adviser. He has done very well and does not need to go into the World Cup uncertain of his future”
The 64 –year old Rohr, a former Germany defender, flaunts a sterling record with the Super Eagles, winning seven of 12 matches and drawing four in his 15 months in charge so far. His only loss was the 0-2 reverse to South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in a 2019 AFCON qualifier in Uyo in June 2017.
Under him, the Eagles have beaten Tanzania, Zambia (twice), Algeria, Togo, Cameroon and two –time world champions Argentina, and drawn with Senegal, Corsica, Cameroon and Algeria.
Following the 1-0 defeat of Zambia in Uyo on October 7 that guaranteed Nigeria’s place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, Rohr, whose qualifying squad has been declared the youngest of all 32 finalists, told thenff.com: “I love working with this group. I am delighted being at the head of such a wonderful, level-headed and ambitious squad.”