By Niyi Busari
For the third time since he assumed office as the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare and the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation have been on different pages when it comes to whether or not to sack the national team coaches.
In September 2019, Sunday Dare waded into the resignation of former Super Falcons coach, Thomas Dennerby and promised to make sure he continues as the head coach. Two days after his statement, another coach, Christopher Danjuma was announced by the NFF to take charge in the interim.
Also before the extension of Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr’s contract, the minister was quoted to have an English coach who he believed should was qualified enough to take charge of the team but despite his efforts the NFF went ahead and gave Rohr two years contract extension.
Following the recent below expectations performance of the Super Eagles in their recent outings, the minister also suggested that the Super Eagles coach should be shown the exit door. Sunday Dare took to his official twitter handle and said: “The performance of the Super Eagles from their last two matches calls to question the suitability and competences of Technical Adviser, Rohr. Nigerian football deserves better. The needful will be done. Apologies to all football lovers.”
Meanwhile, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick said that the coach is still doing well, topping the group L table with a point and goal difference. Hence, no basis to sack the coach. To him, Gernot Rohr’s statistics speaks volume for him to keep the job. He also admitted that the results from the last two games are not good enough but he should not be sacked based on the results.
Nobody is happy about what happened against Sierra Leone in both matches,” Pinnick told BBC Sport Africa
“But it is not enough to sack the coach because his team is still top of the Nations Cup group after four matches.
“His statistics speaks volume for him, so on what indexes do we want to sack him considering the contract recently signed by both parties.
“No matter how emotional and disappointed the fans are, there’s no basis to sack him now and he deserves to keep his job.”
“When you look at his performance, where he has won 29 matches, drew 14 and lost 10, you can say that is enough to back him,” said Pinnick.
“Yes, the performance in the last two games has not gone down well with some people, but we need to be professional, honest and respectful in how we analyse things.” Pinnick concluded.