By John Essien
Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr has stated that his focus is on the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifying games against the Central African Republic and not on his unpaid salaries.
The German tactician who has battled with delayed salary payment since he took charge of the three-time African champions in 2016, made this known ahead of today’s match against the Wild Beasts.
Recall that Rangers centre-back Leon Balogun had lamented the unpaid salaries and bonuses of players in July, causing the Nigeria Football Federation to respond and vowed to pay up the outstanding fees.
However, Rohr appears not weighed down with the latest development, as his focus is on getting the six points against CAR.
The 68-year-old said: “I will answer with a big silence because one day before the match I don’t want to think about these things, I want to focus on my team, on the game, on our strategy and the dry training session and let’s speak about it soon after.”
Last year, the former Bordeaux Manager said he agreed to a pay cut in his new two-year contract that was signed in May 2020. The new deal includes a clause to reside in Nigeria and also receive his salary in local currency – naira.
Nigeria began preparations for the double-header fixtures against the Central African Republic on Monday, but Rohr has lamented the inadequate time to get his players ready for Thursday’s clash in Lagos.
First-choice goalkeeper Maduka Okoye arrived on Tuesday night and he remains a doubt for the encounter.
“It’s really not enough,” the 68-year-old said when asked about his team’s readiness.
“Fortunately, we have some players who arrived for Monday’s training session so we could have a short one with some of them.
“In the morning, there is a good fitness condition in the hotel which is why it is good to have all of them together for training sessions so that we can have a good harmony,” he added.
The Super Eagles sit atop of Group C after wins against Liberia and Cape Verde Islands in their opening fixtures.