The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick has accused the senior male national team, Super Eagles of lack of indiscipline which almost cost the team the Qatar 2022 World Cup playoff slot.
Speaking during Channels Television program, ‘Sunrise Daily’ on Monday and monitored by our correspondent, Pinnick said the players believe they are untouchable and the indiscipline among the players played a role in Gernot Rohr being sacked.
“We did everything that we could, but one major factor was that discipline in the team is lost practically. In the dressing room, discipline in the team was at its lowest edge and once you remove discipline, that foundation in the team has cracked,” he said.
“Players now talk back at you, players believe that they are indispensable. A lot of factors that will now militate against the team. We are only owing about two matches of all the matches they played in both AFCON qualifiers and World Cup qualifiers,” he said.
He further said the sacking of Rohr was a collective decision of the NFF board as they prevented a disaster which was going to happen.
“He (Rohr) happens to be the longest-serving manager of the Super Eagles. We gave him all the support. But we didn’t want to wait for a disaster to happen before parting ways. The last two games were very tough games for us.
“It wasn’t an individual decision; it was a collective decision by the entire executive committee. We were winning our games … there are a lot of things we took into cognisance. When you part ways, you don’t want to start ascribing blames; you just let it go and face the future with renewed hope and renewed zeal.”
The NFF president disclosed that the body considered some reports of its committees before sacking the German who managed the Nigerian side for five years.
Pinnick also confirmed that the NFF was owing Rohr for some months, “For Gernot Rohr, I know we paid him for about five months. We were owing him for a couple of months, then we cleared about five months.