Onigbinde Calls on NFF to Pay Gernot Rohr’s 3 Months’ Salary
Amid reports of brewing tensions in the senior national team, former Nigeria coach, Adegboye Onigbinde, has urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to pay the salary of Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr.
Nigeria media was awash with reports last week that the German coach is being owed three months’ salary, a development Onigbinde has described as lamentable.
Speaking with Punch, Onigbinde said the NFF should honour their part of the deal so Rohr could do his.
“A contract is a contract, no matter who it is signed with. Contracts are signed to be honoured and the federation should do their part of the contract signed with the coach,” the former Caf instructor said.
“They should do all that they agreed to do for the coach since he is also doing his part of the contract. If they cannot honour it (pay the German coach his salary) they know what next to do.”
Onigbinde, who took Nigeria to the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan, said the country should develop local coaches and avoid the embarrassment of owing a foreign coach.
“The problem with Nigerians, particularly our football administrators, is that they think that anything that is white is superior to black, which is not always so. In terms of quality, some of these foreigners are not as good as some of our coaches at home.
“We should re-educate our coaches to get the best out of them.
Onigbinde also added, “Our coaches are good to be owed salaries for as long as possible and they dare not complain about it openly but the white men can’t be owed. When anything concerns the foreigners, the federation attends to it as quickly as possible. But the same isn’t the case with a Nigerian coach. The disparity in the treatment of Nigerian and foreign coaches is much.”