President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has stated that Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr must be ready to reside in Nigeria if he wants his contract to be renewed.
Pinnick says the Federation is taking the decision because they want total commitment from whoever takes up the job.
The former Delta State Sports administrator also disclosed that the federation would move into its permanent residence, the Sunday Dankaro House, early next year.
“We will start negotiating the new contract with Rohr in January. That would give us time to plan for the qualifiers, which begin in March. “We are not going to compromise our national integrity again. He must live in Nigeria and can go to Europe two or three times a year. “He can stay either in Lagos or Abuja, where we are ready to provide a befitting accommodation for him.
“Other national teams’ coaches live in the countries where they work and ours cannot be different.“I must admit that the last contract was loose in so many areas, but we want to correct that now.”
Pinnick said Rohr, like every other Nigerian employee, would now be subject to the existing tax regime in the country, adding that the federation was not ready to condone anything that would go against national interest.
The German tactician helped the three-time African champions qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and also led them to a third-place finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
He has also piloted the team to the top of Group L in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, where Nigeria defeated the Squirrels of Benin 2-1, before overcoming the Crocodiles of Lesotho 4-2.