Wait Till 2022 AFCON Before Sacking Rohr – Ikpeba
Former Nigerian striker, Victor Ikpeba has warned the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to wait till after the 2022 Africa Cup of Nation in Cameroon before deciding on whether to sack Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr.
Ikpeba stated this during Monday Night Football Programme on Supersports, where he warned that sacking Rohr now may spell doom for the Super Eagles.
Recall that the German tactician has come under heavy criticisms after the team’s poor performance against Cape Verde in the final Group C matrch of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, a game the team managed to draw 1-1 to qualify for the final knockout stages of the competition.
“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. I know what happened in 2002 and in 2010. Rumour of people going to the Sports Ministry and the Presidency calling for Rohr to be sacked.
“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.”
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