Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has been left baffled after the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick snubbed him at AFCON 2019.
The moment with Pinnick happened when the Super Eagles to took to the podium to receive their bronze medals after beating Tunisia 1-0 in the third-place play off game.
What was Amaju Pinnick @PinnickAmaju trying to achieve here? Oga, this is disgraceful Sir.— Dr. Bell Ihua (@Bellemskey) July 18, 2019
Is 3rd place not better than coming home empty-handed? Sir, you need to apologise to Gernot Rohr and Nigerians. pic.twitter.com/lwAo6huyUx
Rohr was made to comment on the incident after the video had gone viral online. “Yes, I saw it (video), somebody sent it immediately to me, the people did not understand (what happened),” Rohr told Sports Extra.
“Ask the president (Pinnick) why he did it, I didn’t do anything, I wanted to shake him. So you must ask him why he did it.”
The German coach added that he went on to review the video before laughing it off with a few of his technical team members later at the hotel.
“I watched the video again when Victor Ikpeba was here (his hotel), we were laughing about it. The president did not explain to me but I know exactly what happened, because I was the last one on the stage. Before me was Tunde, my assistant, who wanted to receive the medal from Pinnick and Pinnick said, ‘No, no, I will start from you (Rohr).’”
“There was Constant (Omari), CAF vice president, and he was happy to see me and took me in his arms and gave me the medal, I could not say no. I didn’t even know that Pinnick wanted to give me the medal with him, nobody told me.”
“But I heard it after because Pinnick told Tunde that he wanted to present the medal to me, so he was a little bit worried about this situation.”
“But I only understood it after. He (Pinnick) went to Constant and asked why he gave me the medal because he wanted to give it to me. But I understand that it was joy for him to give me the medal because we had face-to-face conversation in Cairo, where we could speak about all these problems.”
“I joined the players for the photo (session), I stayed on the stage and said, “President, come (and join us).’ The photographers could see us (Rohr and Pinnick) behind the players but I didn’t see all these photos, they only shot this video, so many bloggers here in Nigeria.”
“So, there was no problem between us at that moment, the misunderstanding was unfortunate” concluded Rohr.
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