The Youth and Sports Minister had hinted that the German tactician faces sack, but the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick has revealed Nigeria could not afford to fire the former Bayern Munich star.
Gernot Rohr's position as head coach of the Nigerian national team is secure for the time being after NFF president Pinnick announced that the body could no longer fire him.
Rohr has come in for criticism after the Super Eagles failed to win any of the four matches they played this year.
The Super Eagles lost to Algeria while they played a draw against Tunisia in last month’s international friendly matches.
The three-time African champions then played two disappointing draws against Sierra Leone in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
It was a result that got fans and ex-players angry with some even calling for Rohr’s head. The performance of the team also got a reaction from the sports Minister, Sunday Dare, who said Rohr could be sacked.
However, Pinnick insists Nigeria can’t afford to sack the German right now given he just signed a new two-year deal in May.
Pinnick said in an interview with NTA as cited by Sports Central: “We cannot afford to sack Gernot Rohr, We cannot.
The German has been in charge of the Super Eagles since 2016 and has led the team to two major competitions. He led Nigeria to the 2018 World Cup with a game to spare and repeated the same feat for 2019 Afcon with Nigeria finishing in third place.
Meanwhile, his new deal will expire after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.