Amaju Pinnick, the president of the Nigeria Football Federation, stated on Monday that the federation may appeal FIFA’s decision to pay former Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr $377,879.46 (N156,819,975) in compensation after the two parted ways in December.
After abruptly terminating Rohr’s contract five months ago, FIFA ordered the NFF to pay him the money within 45 days.
With only a month until the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, the former Bordeaux manager was handed the exit door after a disappointing performance by the Eagles.
Despite an agreement to pay his income until the conclusion of his contract, which should have expired in December 2022, Rohr, the Eagles’ longest-serving coach, filed a complaint with FIFA, claiming an additional £1 million for breach of contract “without reasonable cause.”
The 68-year-old was awarded $377,879.46 after a FIFA tribunal found his claim was “partially accepted insofar as it is acceptable.”
The NFF would be sanctioned if Rohr was not paid in full within 45 days, according to the FIFA players’ status chamber rule.
“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.
Reacting to the decision, Pinnick, in an exclusive chat with PUNCH Sports Extra, said the federation might seek an appeal, saying they had paid Rohr some money before the termination of his contract.
“That’s not the true position,” Pinnick said of the ruling.
“FIFA declined most of his (Rohr’s) requests and said we should pay him $377,879.46 because we paid him six months in lieu.
“We are still debating whether to go to CAS and tell them to convert that money we paid him to what FIFA wants us to pay him.”