Mode of payment of salary arrears, severance fee delay sacking
German coach Gernot Rohr may still be at the dugout when the Super Eagles file out for the 2021 African Cup of Nations starting on January 9, 2022, in Cameroon as the disengagement talks between him and his employers, the Nigeria Football Federation, become knotty with a little over one month to the start of the competition.
The German’s job has come under intense scrutiny following Nigeria’s 1-1 draw with Cape Verde last month and there were speculations that the NFF had already sacked him.
However, our correspondent has learnt that the coach may be allowed to continue until after the next AFCON if the two parties failed to reach an agreement regarding the mode of payment of his severance package and salary arrears.
This newspaper gathered that the proposal of one-year advance payment as severance fee and clearance of his arrears have been rejected by the coach’s representatives in the previous negotiations.
“The representatives also want the severance package and the salary arrears be deducted from FIFA’s grant to Nigeria instead of waiting for direct payment from the NFF which may not come or be delayed,” the source said.
“The pressure is coming from everywhere on the NFF and as we speak the funds is not there and the federation has not accepted the FIFA grant deduction option.
“Negotiation stalled because the federation chiefs travelled to Cairo for the CAF Executive meeting but talks will resume this week as they returned and hopeful- ly everyt h i n g will be sorted out.