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Super Eagles coach, Rohr agrees to be paid in Naira, to reside in Nigeria

Gernot Rohr

Super Eagles of Nigeria Head coach, Gernot Rohr, has finally shifted grounds, accepting to be paid his fees in Naira and also reside in the country.

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, had earlier revealed that the Federation inserted three clauses which includes Rohr residing in Nigeria, watching the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) with a view to grooming home based players to become international stars and being paid his salary in Nigerian Naira.

He also disclosed that other coaches were in contact with him in case Rohr refuses the contract.

Rohr, however disclosed that he had accepted the clauses in the contract and that he will be willing to live in Nigeria and be paid in Naira.

He also revealed that he has agreed to lower his salary in order to achieve his mission in the country and that he has waived three months of his salary to help the Federation, as the world battles with the economic downturn caused by Coronavirus.

He however stated that he added some edits to the contract and that if the NFF accepts his amendments he will be more than happy to continue his job that he started in 2016.

“I never talk about my contract in public, as you know,” Rohr told ESPN.

“But I heard like everybody what was said by President Pinnick, that I have to accept to be paid in naira, and I have to be resident in Nigeria. I agree to these two things, and even I agree to have a lower salary.

“I am not doing my job for money. I am doing my job because I like it. Because we have built a team like you know, and money is not the most important. But I also have to look after my assistants.

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“I accept because I think that my mission in Nigeria is not finished yet, and I know very well my players. I know very well the officials. We are now just like a family, and I think it is good to continue especially in this period now where it is difficult to change, to travel, to see new people.

“If the answer I get with some little changes in my contract is positive, I will continue,” the 66 year old added.

Continuing, Rohr said: “If not, I have to see what they give me because I have still the requests from two other federations. I received it – they are waiting for my answer – but I will take my time to give the NFF to make the final draft before I answer them.

“Of course, everybody at the moment has an obligation to understand that there are no matches,” he said.

“Clubs and federations have problems with money, even if they have assistance from FIFA or UEFA but everybody has to be ready to make sacrifices.

“So I already told NFF that in the months from April to June, we are agreed to cut our salaries, which is also a sign of solidarity”, he said.

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