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Sports News of Monday, 22 November 2021


NFF settles for Serbian coach; set to pay Rohr's outstanding salaries in installment

Serbian coach, Mladen Krstajic led his country to the World Cup in Russia Serbian coach, Mladen Krstajic led his country to the World Cup in Russia

The dismissal of Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has become imminent as the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is reported to be in talks with Serbian coach, Mladen Krstajic.

Franco-German tactician, Rohr who is currently Nigeria's longest-serving coach after surpassing, Shaiabu Amodu has become unpopular with Nigerians after a string of bad results in the first phase of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The Daily Sun Sports said the NFF has reached an agreement to terminate Rohr's contract on mutual grounds. His contract was expected to expire in December 2022.

The report also stated that the NFF has agreed with Rohr's representatives to pay all his outstanding salaries and his total severance package on instalment basis.

Towards this, therefore, our source hinted that the NFF has concluded plans to employ 47-year-old former Serbian National team coach, Mladen Krstajić as new coach of the Super Eagles.

NFF president Amaju Melvin Pinnick is expected in London today to seal the deal.

Krstajic led Serbia to the 2018 World in Russia where they failed to proceed beyond the group stage of the competition,

After Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Cape Verde that saw the Super Eagles sail through to the final round of the World Cup qualifiers, the NFF president and other board members met in the room of one of the Vice presidents.

Also at that meeting was Super Eagles chief coach Gernot Rohr and Tunde Adelakun, his representative.

The NFF did not mince words as they told Rohr that his services are no longer needed. According to an insider, both parties agreed to terminate his contract immediately while they work out modalities to pay his severance package which is reported to be around 600,000 USD.

Rohr has since returned to his base in France while the NFF are moving ahead with getting a replacement in good time ahead of the 2021 Nations cup which is just over 40 days away.

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