The Nigeria Football Federation has refuted claims they owe Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr close to $100,000 in bonuses and allowances.
This was disclosed in a press statement released by the Communications Department of the NFF on Wednesday.
The statement was reacting to an interview credited to Rohr, where he said the NFF owed him about $100,000.
According to the NFF, the German coach was being owed $30,000, which was “the differential in his new contract.”
The statement quoted NFF Technical Director, Mr. Bitrus Bewarang, as saying the federation would soon pay the coach the amount owed after interfacing with their financial advisors and sponsors.
“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 bonuses 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,” part of the statement read.
Bewarang also warned the Eagles coach from speaking to the media about his contract, saying it amounted to breach of contract.
“Rohr’s speaking to the media about his contract is an act the federation termed as “highly unprofessional and 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.