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Nwankwo Kanu backs Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr amidst uncertainty over the Franco-German future.

The 66-year-old, hired in 2016 qualified Nigeria for the 2018 World Cup and 2019 African Cup of Nations – the latter, Nigeria emerged third.

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With a win ratio of 59.18 per cent, they have been sack calls for the former Burkina Faso and Gabon in some quarters in Nigeria

However, Kanu, who represented Nigeria at the senior level from 1994 to 2011 believe otherwise.

While Kanu wasn’t disputing a room for a Super Eagles’ improvement under Rohr, he stated that the coach wasn’t a bad choice for the three-time African champions.

“I don’t think we should go for another coach,” Kanu told Opera. “He is not doing badly.

“Yes, there is room for improvement but that doesn’t mean that he is a bad coach. If you bring a new coach now, definitely we have to start from the beginning, start changing program and tactics and all that.

“If we really wanted to do that, we could have done that since. But as it is now, the boys are gelling well and working very hard under him. We are not doing badly. All the friendly games have been okay, so why should we now change him?

Nigeria, a six-time finalist to the FIFA World Cup have been drawn alongside Cape Verde, Liberia, and the Central African Republic in the penultimate round for the qualifying series to Qatar 2022 World Cup.

While Rohr believed Nigeria was drawn in a tricky group for the World Cup qualifiers, Kanu, on the other hand, stated that with full concentration Nigeria would make it from the qualifying stage.

“I think we have to leave him {Rohr} alone, focus on this World Cup qualifier and try to advance from the group.”

“I am 100 per cent sure we can do it. If you look at our boys, they are doing well in their clubs and if you look at the team in general, you’ll see there is improvement everywhere.

“The friendly games can also confirm that. They did well in all their friendly games. But now this is the proper group game so I know they are going to do us proud. So I have no doubt we will qualify from this group.”

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