The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has said it has not received an official application from former Super Eagles boss, Johannes Bonfere amdist the uncertainties surrounding Gernot Rohr’s contract.
A couple of media outlets has reported that Bonfere Jo has formally applied for the job but a top official of the NFF who spoke on behalf of the federation, told The Guardian yesterday that the federation did not receive any letter from Bonfrere.
“I read about it on pages of newspapers that Jo Bonfrere has formally applied for the Eagles job. I don’t think we have such an application in our secretariat at the moment.
“Sincerely speaking, the NFF is not thinking in that direction now. Our focus is our preparation for Cameroun 2022 AFCON, which is about five weeks away,” the official said.”
The Dutchman was sacked in 2001 after losing a World Cup qualifier in Sierra Leone.
Before then, Bonfrere worked as an assistant coach to Clemens Westerhof between 1990 and 1994, and he led Nigeria’s U-23 team to win gold at Atlanta ‘96 Olympics.
Meanwhile, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, spoke yesterday after his meeting with Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, on the fate of Gernot Rohr.
“We have discussed with the minister. We are working in close harmony with the Sports Ministry. I have to discuss with my executive members, and come back to give feedback to the minister,” he said.
Pinnick continued: “We don’t want to hurt Nigerians. We are looking at our decision from an objective perspective. Trust me, whatever we are doing will be in the interest of the country.”
“We have looked at all the documentation, and I can assure Nigerians we will have a clear direction soon.”