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NFF ordered to pay Gernot Rohr $378,000

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has been ordered to pay former head coach Gernot Rohr $378,000 in compensation after terminating his contract early.

Rohr, who’s Nigeria’s longest-serving coach having taken charge in August 2016, was sacked in December 2021 – a month before the Nations Cup in Cameroon.

Rohr’s contact expires in December 2022 and the NFF had agreed to pay his salary until the end of the contract. However, the German lodged a complaint with FIFA demanding £1m for breach of contract without just cause.

The 68-year-old has however been granted $377,879.46 after a Fifa tribunal decided his claim was “partially accepted insofar 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.

The NFF will not be appealing the decision.

Per BBC Sport Africa, a top NFF official hailed the ruling as a 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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