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Fifa orders NFF to pay Rohr $380K over wrongful dismissal

Former Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr will get just under $380,000 from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as compensation for his dismissal last year.

Rohr was sacked last December by the NFF few weeks to start of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon after a string of unimpressive results.

The NFF agreed to pay the former Gabon and Niger Republic gaffer until the end of his contract, which expires in December 2022.

Rohr was however not satisfied with the decision and instead petitioned the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) to demand for additional sum.

The 68-year-old sought a total of £1m, but has been granted $377,879.46 after a FIFA tribunal decided his claim was “partially accepted in so far as it is admissible”.

The ruling by the FIFA players’ status chamber added that the NFF would be sanctioned if Rohr was not paid in full within 45 days.

“If full payment (including all applicable interest) is not made within 45 days of notification of this decision, the respondent [the NFF] shall be imposed a restriction on receiving a percentage of development funding, up until the due amounts are paid,” said the Fifa decision.

Meanwhile, a top official of the NFF has hailed the ruling by FIFA describing it as victory for Nigeria

“This sum basically reflects whatever is left to pay him as previously agreed until the end of December 2022,” the source, who wished to remain anonymous, told BBC Sport Africa.

“We can only wish Mr Rohr all the best.”

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