The Minister for Youth & Sports Development, Mr Sunday Akin Dare, has made known the ministry’s specific expectations from the Head Coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Gernot Rohr, saying that he is in agreement with the extension of the German’s contract with the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF based on his performance in the last three to four years. Nevertheless, the Minister, warned that more is expected of the performance of the male senior national team, especially on their technical depth, and concrete success on the field of play.
The Minister, a veteran journalist, insisted that while they are alright with his contribution to the Super Eagles the past years, it is certainly not going to be business as usual, saying that the coach would be held to a higher depth of responsibility from now onward, and could have his contract reviewed if he falls short of the direction outlined in the terms of his contract.
Speaking during an interview, the Minister said he was not against the contract extension, but insisted that Nigerians must get results if the German coach must stay on.
He said, “The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is statutorily in charge of the growth and development of football in Nigeria. Of course under the supervision of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. Even before I became Minister, there are processes and procedures that are followed when it comes to bringing on a new national coach or renewing the contract of a coach who is already in the house and I think it was important for us to follow the processes and procedures in place.
“For Rohr, because he had been signed on earlier, he deserved to be given the right of first refusal, that was what the NFF did and that was what I also allowed to happen. It is best practices, it is global practices but the NFF also had a review of his performance in the last three to four years and based on that review, his new contract had new conditions that never existed before. Some of them bordering on mode of payment, some of them bordering technical issues regarding the development of our football and that to me, is fundamental.”
Gernot Rohr was appointed as coach in August 2016.
Mr Dare, who clocked 54 years old on Friday, 29th May, 2020, has been very practical and vibrant in carrying out his strategies to reposition sports in the country. He has initiated many innovative solutions and ideas to rejuvenate the sports sector, while liaising with relevant stakeholders to improve youth engagement.