The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has been ordered to pay former Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr about $380,000 in compensation after ending his contract abruptly.
Nigeria’s longest-serving manager having taken charge in August 2016, Rohr was relieved of his appointment last December, four weeks before the delayed 2021 Africa Cup of Nations kicked off in Cameroon.
The NFF had agreed to pay Rohr’s salary until the end of his contract, which expires in December 2022, but the Franco-German went to football’s world governing body FIFA to demand an additional sum for breach of contract without just cause.
Rohr, 68, had sought a total of £1 million, but has been granted $377,879.46 after a FIFA tribunal decided his claim was “partially accepted in so far as it is admissible”.
The ruling by the FIFA players’ status chamber added that the NFF would be sanctioned if Rohr was not paid in full within 45 days.
“If full payment (including all applicable interest) is not made within 45 days of notification of this decision, the respondent (the NFF) shall be imposed a restriction on receiving a percentage of development funding, up until the due amounts are paid,” said the FIFA decision.
The NFF, which is on the verge of announcing another foreign coach for the Super Eagles, will not be appealing the decision.
And a top official of the football body has hailed the FIFA ruling as a victory for the country.
“This sum basically reflects whatever is left to pay him as previously agreed until the end of December 2022”, the source, who wished to remain anonymous, told BBC Sport Africa.
“We can only wish Mr Rohr all the best”.
Source: BBC Sport