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FIFA orders NFF to pay Gernot Rohr N157m for Breach-of-contract

FIFA has ordered the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to pay dismissed Super Eagles Head Coach Gernot Rohr $380,000 (about N157 million) in compensation.

Rohr was fired as coach of the Eagles in the aftermath of the senior Nigerian football team’s dismal performance before of the 2021 African Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

But Rohr, who took over as coach in August 2016 and was fired in December of last year, was dissatisfied with NFF’s conduct and the pledge to pay his salary until the end of his contract in 2022.

As a result, the Franco-German coach petitioned FIFA, requesting an extra payment for breach of contract without reasonable cause.

Rohr, 68, had requested a total of £1 million, but was awarded $377,879.46 after a FIFA panel determined his claim was “partially accepted insofar as it is admissible.”

According to BBC Sports Africa, the FIFA players’ status panel ruled that if Rohr was not paid in full within 45 days, the NFF would be sanctioned.

“If full payment (including all relevant interest) is not made within 45 days of notification of this decision, the respondent (the NFF) will be restricted from receiving a share of development money until the required sums are paid,” the FIFA judgment stated.

The NFF, which is about to appoint another foreign coach for the Super Eagles, will not appeal the decision. And a top FIFA official has praised the FIFA decision as a success for the West African country.

“This number simply represents whatever is remaining to pay him as originally promised till the end of December 2022,” an unidentified source told BBC Sport Africa.

Rohr was lauded for rebuilding Nigeria between 2016 and 2018, but his jittery and lackluster performances in recent years, as well as his cautious style, have been harshly criticized by the local media and fans.

Despite taking the Super Eagles to Africa’s 2022 World Cup play-offs and qualification for this year’s Nations Cup, he was chastised for poor performances against lower-ranked opponents during Qatar qualifying.

Augustine Eguavoen took over for Rohr, who led Nigeria to the 2018 World Cup and third place in the 2019 Nations Cup in Egypt.

This FIFA decision comes only a few weeks after the international football body fined Nigeria $154,000 for crowd disturbance during the Super Eagles’ tie with the Black Stars at Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja. Ghana was awarded a ticket to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar based on the away goal rule.

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