President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has confirmed that the federation would present Super Eagles technical adviser Gernot Rohr with a new contract in January 2020.
Pinnick made this known during the federation’s 75th Annual General Assembly in Benin, where he stated that they won’t compel the German tactician to accept the contract if it doesn’t suit him.
The former Sports administrator of Delta State also disclosed that the deal would spell out certain conditions, which the German must adhere to, to avoid the issues that have dogged the national team and the coach’s relationship with the federation.
Rohr’s contract will expire in June 2020 but has begun Nigeria’s quest to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations on a bright note after defeating the Squirrels of Benin and the Crocodiles of Lesotho respectively.
“We are going to present the contract proposal to Rohr next month and we have already mandated the first Vice-President to constitute the legal team to draft the new proposal, which will be made available to the coach next month.”
“If we don’t want him to continue as Eagles manager, we would not even contemplate drafting a new proposal for him, but we are okay with him. We only want to institute some things that would protect the interest of Nigeria and its football in the new contract.
“That is why we are starting next month so that he can have enough time to study the offer and accept. If he does not accept our new offer as Timaya said, ‘’I cannot kill myself’ and we would shop for a new manager to take over.”
The former Gabon coach became Super Eagles manager in August 2016, qualified Nigeria for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and won bronze at the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.