Gernot Rohr: NFF replies Super Eagles coach over non-payment of $100,000 allowances

Gernot Rohr: NFF replies Super Eagles coach over non-payment of $100,000 allowances

- Gernot Rohr accused the NFF for the second time over non-payment of allowances

- The German coach claims the FA is owing to him a sum of $100,000

- While the NFF have debunked the claims saying they have just $30,000 to balance the coach

Nigeria Football Federation chiefs have warned Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr to avoid breaching the contract he signed when he took the country's national team job.

The German-born tactician accused the country football body of owing him to the tunes of a $100,000 in allowances.

It would be recalled that the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations bronze-winning coach earlier cried out that the NFF owed him three months' salary valued around $150,000.

However, both parties were able to resolve their differences after part of the money owed the foreign manager was paid.

The matter has now resurfaced with the former Burkina Faso alleging that his employers still owes him to the tunes of about $100,000.

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Meanwhile, NFF’s Technical Director, Bitrus Bewarang while reacting to the allegation said it is unprofessional for the coach to be revealing sensitive information to the media.

He further insisted that it is against the spirit and letter of his contractual relationship with the football –ruling body.

In as much as we appreciate the work that Mr. Rohr has been doing with the Super Eagles in the past 40 months, his recent penchant for breaching provisions of the contract he signed with the NFF and the Code of Conduct for coaches is not good for the relationship.

The NFF wishes that Mr. Rohr continues in the job because of the team he is building for Nigeria which looks promising and has earned some good results since he took charge, but he cannot continue to nonchalantly cause the NFF as a body, and Nigeria as a nation, reputational damage through his utterances and actions,” Bewarang said.

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Bewarang quoting Clause N of the Code of Conduct for coaches said that “coaches must not by their actions or inaction cause NFF or the Federal Government of Nigeria any harm, reputational damage or embarrassment, nor do anything directly or indirectly to undermine their contract with the NFF.”

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He went further to pinpoint Clause E of the same code that says: “coaches must not misrepresent the NFF or distort information to the media. They are precluded from imparting unauthorized information to the media.”

While Clause 19 of Mr. Rohr’s contract with the NFF states that “the parties hereto agree that specific contents and especially the financial details of this contract shall be confidential and therefore agree to undertake whatsoever measures are necessary to preserve its confidentiality...,”

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Clause 11.2.5 was clear that “The coach shall refrain from talking to the press on matters outside his terms of employment i.e he can only talk to the press on technical matters about the Super Eagles. He cannot talk to the media about any confidential subjects or issues other than technical matters only relating to the team and the development or state of Nigerian football, technically.”

He added that: “As at today, the only money that the NFF is owing Mr. Rohr is the differential in his new contract (about $30,000) which our financial advisors have to align and interface with AITEO before payment (as the improved contract came into effect in the last half of the year), and which process was concluded on Friday last week.

"He will soon be paid. Mr. Rohr has talked about bonus from the 2019 AFCON, which is not contractual but discretionary on the part of the Federation. The present NFF started the policy of paying players a percentage of tournament bonus during the 2018 FIFA World Cup just to motivate them, outside their bonuses and allowances.

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Top Nigerian journalist Osasu Obayiuwana broke the news days after the Brazil international friendly match in Singapore.

Obayiuwana had shared on Twitter how the German-born tactician was planning to abandon his contract with the three-time African champions after being owed a sum of $150,000.

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