Amaju Pinnick, the former president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has come under fire once more from former Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr over the team’s failure to secure a spot at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Towards the end of his tenure as coach of the Super Eagles, Rohr and Pinnick developed a chilly friendship. After leading the Super Eagles into the playoff round in December of last year, the German was sacked.
The Nigerians struggled in the qualifying rounds, losing to Central African Republic at home and were forced to a draw by Cape Verde there as well.
Former defender, Austin Eguavoen took charge of the Super Eagles in an interim capacity and the team eventually failed to qualify for the mundial after losing on away goal rule to the Black Stars of Ghana.
“Pinnick said my dismissal will avert a disaster, but in the end he created the disaster that cost Nigeria the ticket to the World Cup,” Rohr told Eagle7FM Sports Radio in an interview anchored by Osasu Obayiuwana.
“I regret that I did not take my team to win the World Cup, I regret that my players will not be at the World Cup even though they deserve to be there.
“It was not my decision, it was a decision by Pinnick and his board.
“He was punished for this as Nigeria lost the chance to win the AFCON and did not qualify for the World Cup.”
Rohr was linked with the Mali national team coaching job after being sacked by Nigeria but he lost out to Eric Chelle.
The former Gabon and Burkina Faso tactician recently stated that he is open to coaching.
He will, however, be in Qatar for media work.
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