FIFA has ordered the Nigeria Football Federation to pay Gernot Rohr his compensation of $378,000 following the early termination of his contract. FIFA added that the NFF would be sanctioned if Rohr was not paid in full within 45 days.
Rohr was disengaged by the top brass of Nigerian football in the build-up to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon due to a perceived lack of trust in him and a feeling of discontent among the decision-makers.
He was sacked as Super Eagles head coach in December 2021 while still being owed several months’ salaries as well as bonuses and allowances. The initial agreement between the NFF and Rohr was to pay his salary until the end of his contract, which was to expire in December 2022.
Rohr proceeded to file a case before FIFA shortly afterwards demanding a compensation.
Rohr was highly praised for rebuilding Nigeria between 2016 and 2018, but nervy and lackluster performances in more recent years and his conservative approach were heavily criticized by the local media and fans.
The German tactician led the country to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia as well as the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations – where Nigeria finished third after defeating Tunisia in the third-place match.