For the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, engaging Franco – German Coach, Gernot Rohr, for the Super Eagles was a big gamble that the NFF executive board took in the face of serious opposition.
Pinnick told journalists in Abuja that the federation was at a fix on the choice of Super Eagles Coach even as it was facing criticisms on the free fall of Nigerian football, having missed both two consecutive AFCON and the last world cup.
The NFF president disclosed that after crashing out of the 2017 AFCON, with a draw and a loss to Egypt at Kaduna and Cairo respectively, the NFF board was at across road on whether to continue with a local coach or damn all consequences and go for a foreign coach.
“In life I want to believe I have taken two major gambles, the appointment of a foreign coach for Nigeria and the CAF election and I thank God they have paid positively
“It was here in my office that the executive met and decided to go for a foreign coach for the Super Eagles, even in the heat of criticisms and sentiments from some quarters. Today those gambles have paid, even though we have not foreclosed the world cup ticket, the teams’ position so far gives us hope and we are all working hard to ensure we get the group ticket”, he noted.