By Obaloluwa Joshua, LAGOS
President of the Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick says former Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr was sacked to avoid a disaster that would have happened to the team.
Rohr was relieved of his duties on Sunday after over five years in charge of the three-time African champions.
“We didn’t want a disaster to happen before taking the decision,” Pinnick said in an interview on Channels Television.
“It wasn’t an individual decision, it was a collective decision from the (Executive) committee.”
The NFF president admitted team discipline under Rohr was seriously compromised.
“We did everything that we could, but one major factor was that discipline in the team is lost practically,” he said.
“In the dressing room, discipline in the team was at its lowest and once you remove discipline, that foundation in the team has cracked.
“Players now talk back at you, players believe that they are indiscipline.
“A lot of factors that will now militate against the team.”
Newly appointed interim head coach Austine Eguaveon will lead the team to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.