*FIFA grant stoppage cause of biggest pains
*Coach may learn to be owed hence from January
Bankrupt Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) may have to negotiate late payment of the salaries and allowances of Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr, first in the next three months and hence, in another six months as the firmament is not getting any form ray of hope.
Rohr was signed on by the Amaju Pinnick-led board of the NFF on a two-year contract and a monthly package of $47, 000. The federation entered into the contract with the German with the hope of bankrolling the salaries of the coach through sponsors and the now stopped FIFA Development Fund.
Although, our sources told www.gongnews.net that the NFF does not currently owe Rohr, the challenge of how to pay the tactician in the next three months is a big issue. One of their sources got a rude shock from the football sector based on a difference the said sponsor felt his friends would have helped him to curb.
This sponsor had practically been funding the NFF in almost one a half year. He singlehandedly funded the visit of Gianni Infantino last year to Nigeria.
The total for January to March is $141,000. The sponsor paid the coach for the three months of August, September and October. Some of the corporate sponsors through which some other monies are coming have tactically withdrawn following the series of court cases emanating from the Ambassador Chris Giwa flank coupled with, the in-fighting in the NFF leadership.
“The sponsors have stopped paying and it was the NFF that paid the last two months of 2016. This is a big issue because the coach is doing well and the federation is working hard to avoid distractions from the good work the Eagles have started in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers,” our source said.
Amaju Pinnick was in Dcember on a television station quoted to have said: “there is so much tension and negative stories about our football and these are not only bad, they are also affecting our operations generally. The sponsors are always not happy to have their image tainted. We have been paying the salaries of Rohr and that is not easy for a federation that has many teams to cater for.”
Pinnick however assured that by April a new sponsor would emerge to take care of the salaries of the German who has recorded an impressive start to his spell with the Eagles by winning his first three competitive games for the country. Discussion is at advanced stage to get another sponsor in April but we still have to pay for three months before then,” Pinnick added.
Truth is, Rohr has to learn how to be owed for three or four months.