Former Super Eagles captain Nwankwo Kanu says Gernot Rohr has done well and deserves to continue as the team’s coach despite failing to lead Nigeria beyond the group phase of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Nigeria, under Rohr’s tutelage at the Mundial, finished third in Group D behind Argentina and eventual finalists, Croatia, thus exiting the tournament despite high hopes placed on the team by fans and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
But the 2-time African Footballer of the year believes keeping the 64-year old tactician will enable him build on what he has achieved with the team.
“Did he (Rohr) do well? Yes. He qualified the country to the World Cup, and if you see his record, he didn’t lose any game,” the former Arsenal and Inter Milan forward told www.busybuddiesng.com.
“At the World Cup proper, yeah, we didn’t pass the (group) stage. That doesn’t mean a disaster but it means that we can build from where he stopped.
“So, saying ‘he is going, he is not going’, whoever you bring in, it means the person have to start afresh. The person is not going to sit on what he (Rohr) already created.
“So, my take on that will be let him do what he is doing, but if the (Nigeria Football) Federation thinks he is not doing well, I don’t know the miracle he did for us to be where we are,” Kanu concluded.
Rohr has a two-year contract to coach Nigeria till 2020, and NFF president Amaju Pinnick has said his board will honour the deal.