Former Super Eagles star Daniel Amokachi has blasted the Nigeria Football Federation for allowing a $2 million compensation clause in Gernot Rohr’s contract.
Rohr was appointed to replace Sunday Oliseh as Super Eagles head coach in 2016.
Oliseh, who led the Eagles to an impressive stat of losing only two games in 14 matches, explained a number of reasons for resigning, including the failure of the federation to support him and also over his unpaid wages and contract violation.
However, Rohr led the Nigerian senior team to 2018 World Cup in Russia but failed to make it past the group stage. The German tactician also led the Eagles to finish third in 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
But the Super Eagles were underwhelming in the AFCON qualifiers against Sierra Leone in which they threw away their four-goal lead in Benin and were held in 1-1 draw in Freetown.
Amokachi, who is Special Assistant on sports to President Muhammadu Buhari, revealed Rohr’s contract contains a huge $2 million compensation clause and has slammed the federation for the deal.
“For the administration to bring somebody like Oliseh and not giving him time because he’s Nigerian and they let go,” Amokachi told Brila FM.
“To bring in somebody like Amuneke and not giving him time then they let him go. Then you bring a new coach where those two coaches are far better than him; pedigree-wise and portfolio-wise.
“But still, they gave the machinery a lot of money, $60 plus with all the bonuses, if they play two matches in a month, then you’re talking over $100,000.
“And then at the end of the day, you put a $2m clause on a coach that has never won anything. A coach that came from Burkina Faso to Tunisia then to Nigeria and you put a $2m clause, that’s the first I’m hearing such.
“If you were bringing Guardiola you can put $10m if he says he wants it because you know who he is; he has won laurels. But for a coach that has not done anything, not achieved anything and you put a $2m clause? There’s a lot of failure in that.
“I’ll not rate them (NFF) out of 10, but all these things I’ve broken down will tell anybody with common sense where I’m coming from.”
Nigeria is yet to qualify for AFCON 2022 due to the back to back draws against Sierra Leone and must win the last two games in order to book a place in the tournament.