The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick has said that there is no basis for the calls for the sack of Coach Gernot Rohr as Super Eagles coach.
Speaking in a BBC Sports interview, Pinnick said that Rohr has done well despite despite mounting pressure from Nigerians over his lackluster performance against Sierra Leone.
Nigeria threw away a four goal lead when the two countries met in Benin penultimate Friday and drew a goalless game in Freetown.
The pressure had been further stirred by comments by the minister of sports who questioned the competence of Rohr.
“Nobody is happy about what happened against Sierra Leone in both matches,” Pinnick told BBC Sport Africa
“But it is not enough to sack the coach because his team is still top of the Nations Cup group after four matches.
“His statistics speaks volume for him, so on what indexes do we want to sack him considering the contract recently signed by both parties.
“No matter how emotional and disappointed the fans are, there’s no basis to sack him now and he deserves to keep his job.”
“When you look at his performance, where he has won 29 matches, drew 14 and lost 10, you can say that is enough to back him,” said Pinnick.
“Yes, the performance in the last two games has not gone down well with some people, but we need to be professional, honest and respectful in how we analyse things,” Pinnick said.