Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has come to reveal why his side Nigeria lost to the Wild Beasts of the Central African Republic in the Teslim Balogun Stadium. The German tactician blamed the loss on the absence of Wilfred Ndidi and Alex Iwobi.
Gernot Rohr Blames Super Eagles Lose on Ndidi and Iwobi’s Absence
The three-time African champions fell to a 1-0 defeat against Raoul Savoy’s men in their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying fixture at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, on Thursday night. Karl Namnganda scored a late winner for the away side to book their first win in their group.
English Premier League duo Wilfred Ndidi and Alex Iwobi missed the game as a result of injury, and Rohr attributed his side’s shocking defeat to their absence. Gernot Rohr said: “It was not easy for (Frank) Onyeka and first-timer (Taiwo) Awoniyi to come to this team.” “It was not easy for (Frank) Onyeka and first-timer (Taiwo) Awoniyi to come to this team.”
“We have to recover, and we have to make some changes in the team.” Rohr, who has been in charge of Nigeria since 2016, said the team are very disappointed by this shock defeat.” “The players are still disappointed in the dressing room and still can’t understand why we could lose this match,” he said.
“We dominated possession of the ball, we had several opportunities to score, but we did not score and very often in football, there was a counter and our opponents scored.” The return leg will take place at the Japoma Stadium, Douala, on Sunday.