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Pinnick Gushes as Eagles Coach Rohr Accepts Pay Rise

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Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has been offered a pay rise by the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, for guiding the team through a seamless World Cup qualification campaign.

Rohr, 64, last week signed the contract that will see him in charge of the Super Eagles until the 2020 Africa Cup of Nations, and NFF president Amaju Pinnick has now disclosed that it was an improved offer for the German-born coach.

“We offered him a new contract which he has accepted,” Pinnick said of the Eagles gaffer.

“They are going about the documentation now. His contract expires after the World Cup but we have offered him another two years with a slight pay increase.

“He has radiated being that father figure for the team and has made the players understand that if ‘I lead well, you guys will follow well.’

“The team spirit is what has been counting for us on the field and off the field. He has been able to instil in the boys a sense of patriotism, a sense of discipline, and he’s been able to show them that if you are not disciplined then you cannot make an impact. Gernot has been exceptional as a coach.”

Pinnick, who represented Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup draw in Russia last week, also paid tribute to Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, saying the former Chelsea midfielder has been a great leader Vanguard writes.

“Mikel Obi has been super,” added Pinnick. “He has carried the team so well and they believe in him. We are very happy with what we have been able to mould together because it is very rare in Nigeria. In the past, you’ve had several leaders in the Super Eagles but now we have just one Super Eagles.

“The team spirit is what has been counting for us on the field and off the field.”

The NFF yesterday announced that the Eagles will take on England in an international friendly as part of preparations for the 2018 World Cup.

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