Former African footballer of the year Victor Ikpeba believes the Nigeria Football Federation should hold on to Gernot Rohr and ignore the calls for his dismissal.
According to the reports, Rohr and the Federation are working on the termination of the agreement they signed last year, following the poor performance of the Super Eagles.
Rohr has qualified Nigeria for the 2022 African Cup of Nations in Cameroon and the next round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, but fans and ex-players weren’t impressed with the performance of the team.
Speaking on the issue, Ikpeba opined that, Rohr has done the needful by qualifying for the tournaments and should be allowed to complete the club.
Ikpeba stressed that, employing a new coach, four weeks before the tournament is a disaster waiting to happen.
“It is less than 48 days before our first game against Egypt at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. The speculation about his sack has been intense and I’m really surprised.
“Rohr has done the needful qualifying the Eagles for the World Cup playoffs. Yes, we were not brilliant against Cape Verde but he has done the needful. Why not wait till after the AFCON and take a decision on his future. It will be a disaster if that happens now. If you sack Rohr and employ another coach if the team fails at the AFCON who takes the blame?
“What will the new manager change. What changed in 2002 and in 2010. It was a disaster. This will happen again if Rohr is sacked now. My worry is that we forget history and we should not. Those who sacked the late Amodu Shuaibu twice said he was not good enough. Gernot Rohr has been too soft with the players the NFF can help him.”