Member of Nigerian Football Federation Technical Committee, Victor Ikpeba, has kicked against the sacking of Gernot Rohr with less than 48 days to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations insisting the move will be a disaster, goldennewsng.com reports.

Ikpeba made this known on SuperSport’s TV show Monday Night Football.

Rohr came under heavy criticism again following the Super Eagles’ underwhelming performance in their 1-1 draw with Cape Verde at the Teslim Balogun stadium last Tuesday.

Ikpeba however, advised that the NFF be patient with the 68-year-old till the end of the AFCON before taking a decision on his future.

“It is less than 48 days before our first game against Egypt at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations,” Ikpeba said.

“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.”

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