REVEALED: NFF Uses FIFA Development Funding To Pay Gernot Rohr

REVEALED: NFF Uses FIFA Development Funding To Pay Gernot Rohr

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It has been revealed that the Nigeria Football Federation has made payment to Its former employee, Gernot Rohr, with the payment said to have been made through FIFA’s Development Funds meant for the NFF.

However, Best Choice Sports have learnt that Nigeria’s football umpire are yet to pay the full outstanding debts as demanded by FIFA.

Since his disengagement on December 14, 2021, Rohr and his former employers have been on each other’s neck.

The 69-year-old was sacked as Super Eagles Coach before the delayed 2021 Africa Cup of Nations kicked off in January, prompting Rohr to go to football’s world governing body FIFA to seek compensation for unfair dismissal.

On August 2nd, 2022, FIFA ordered the NFF to pay Rohr, his compensation of $378,000 (about N157million) following the early termination of his contract.

Rohr, 68, had his appointment terminated by the NFF in December 2021, following the poor performance of the Super Eagles during the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

And while confirming that the NFF has paid him some of the accruing debts, he demanded for full payment.

“I received part of the payments from Fifa but not everything has been paid,” said

“The ruling already said the interest must be paid, now we are waiting for the outstanding with the interest.”

BBC Sports reports that the financially-stricken NFF attributed the delay in payment to their precarious financial situation, hence the body decided to utilise a percentage of its FIFA development funding to clear Rohr’s debt.

Rohr with minister of sports, Sunday Dare,

A top NFF official said the latest remarks from Nigeria’s longest-serving manager are understandable – but stressed Rohr will be paid his outstanding $127,800.

“We agreed to this mode of payment (FIFA development fund) with FIFA to enable us clear the debt,” the official disclosed anonymously

“The NFF received a letter through his lawyer that he wants to be paid the outstanding and additional interest, which is understandable.

However, Rohr, who somewhat brought stability to Nigeria’s often volatile national side in over five years in charge, said FIFA’s ruling to add on interest in his compensation package must be respected.

“Yes [it is the amount quoted] but it’s a little more than the sum now. There are also interests that have to be paid,” he said.

“We are talking about it in dollars amount, which has increased and this is what Fifa said in the ruling.”

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