Amaju Pinnick, President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has revealed that Gernot Rohr was dismissed as Super Eagles coach due to the state of indiscipline in the team’s dressing room.
Pinnick made the disclosure in an interview on Monday.
Speaking on why the Franco-German tactician was fired, Pinnick, who is also a member of the FIFA Council, explained that the decision was collectively arrived at by members of the football committee after several factors were put into consideration.
According to the NFF President, discipline was at its lowest as some players felt they are indispensable and, therefore, change was needed.
“It wasn’t an individual decision, it was a collective decision by the entire football committee,” Pinnick said on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
“We were winning our games but there are a lot of things we put into cognizance. When you look at it, you don’t want to blame but let it go and move on to a new hope and new zeal.
“We did everything for one major factor — that discipline in the team has practically been lost in the dressing room. Discipline in the team was at its lowest and once you remove discipline, that foundation on the team will be lost.
“Players will now turn back at you. Players will believe they are indispensable. A lot of factors that will now militate against the team.
“So, we need to change things because leadership is all about protecting whoever is working with you. We don’t want to go through all that, we had to take the bull by the horn before disaster starts happening. It was about to happen.”
Pinnick also stated that the NFF only owes the players allowances from two matches, while Gernot Rohr is owed “a couple of months” after he was recently paid for five months.
He said: “We are only owing about two matches of all the matches they played in both AFCON qualifiers and World Cup qualifiers. For Gernot Rohr, I know we paid him for about five months. We were owing him for a couple of months, then we cleared about five months.”