Former Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, says he was “surprised” when Ibrahim Gusau was elected President of the Nigeria Football Federation on September 30 in Edo, Benin City.
Gusau succeeded Amaju Pinnick as the 35th NFF president at the body’s 78th Elective Congress held at the Edo Heritage Hotel, Benin City.
Gusau had 21 votes after the first ballot. Still, it was enough to win the election as outgoing NFF VPs Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko finished as runner-up and second runner-up with 12 and six votes, respectively.
But Gusau’s victory as the country’s No.1 footballer administrator came as awe, according to Franco-German Rohr.
“We heard that the ex-president (Pinnick) installed him (Gusau)… I am surprised to see him in this position,” Rohr said in an exclusive interview.
The former Eagles coach was perhaps referring to allegations on social media that Pinnick posted a message in a WhatsApp group of African FA presidents that he had successfully put in Gusau as his successor.
Rohr, Nigeria’s longest-serving coach, was in charge of the Eagles from 2016 to 2021, leading the Eagles in 58 matches, winning 31, with 13 drawn and 14 lost.