From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja
The president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has described the hiring of German tactician, Gernot Rohr, as the Super Eagles Technical Adviser as one of the two big gambles he took as the federation boss.
Pinnick, who made the disclosure while speaking with journalists in Abuja, explained that the federation was at a fix on the choice of Super Eagles Coach even while it was facing criticisms of the free fall of Nigerian football, having missed two consecutive AFCON and the last FIFA World Cup.
The NFF president further noted that after crashing out of the 2017 AFCON, with a draw and a loss to the Pharaohs in Kaduna and Egypt respectively, the NFF board was at across roads on whether to continue with a local coach or go for a foreign coach, damning all consequences.
In his words: “In life I want to believe I have taken two major gambles, the appointment of a foreign coach for Nigeria and the CAF election and I thank God they have paid positively
“It was here in my office that the executive met and decided to go for a foreign coach for the Super Eagles, even in the heat of criticisms and sentiments from some quarters.
“Today, those gambles have paid off even though we have not secured the World Cup ticket, the teams position so far gives us hope and we are all working hard to ensure we get the group ticket,” he noted.