The sports ministry has refused to yield to pressure from the Nigeria Football Federation to help sort the payment of the Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr his three month’s salary out.
Rohr, who was heavily linked with the vacant Guinea job before he was snapped up by the NFF in August last year, has won the country’s three competitive matches since his employment.
It was learnt that Dalung reminded the NFF leadership that he told them before Rohr’s employment that the ministry was against the idea because of its financial implications.
The minister is said to be still unhappy with development.
Meanwhile, the officials of the football house, which is in dire financial distress, have therefore intensified their search for sponsors to pay the former Niger coach before he starts complaining, according to our source.
Dalung’s Media Adviser Nneka Anibeze told our correspondent that the ministry was not in a position to help the NFF because of its own financial challenges.
She denied that the minister had abandoned the NFF to their fate, promising that the minister would intervene when funds are available to the ministry.
“The NFF should not be having problems paying the coach because they told the minister that they had secured sponsorship for his salary,” Anibeze told our correspondent on the telephone on Wednesday.
“Those saying that the minister has abandoned the NFF are not being fair on him (Dalung) because he told them that the ministry won’t be able to pay a foreign coach.”