The clock seems to be ticking for Super Eagles handler Gernot Rohr following Super Eagles 1-0 loss to Cameroon in Austria.
The three-time African champions have failed to win their last three friendlies, recording two losses including the defeat to Algeria and a draw with Tunisia.
Only 20 players showed up for the national team due to several injury problems and other reasonable excuses.
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Here are reasons Rohr should not have any excuses for not getting results in friendly games
1. Nigeria have enough talents
The German gaffer have made use of mostly foreign players, winning a match of any calibre should not be chore for the team.
Despite not having regulars in defence and a few in the attack, the Super Eagles produced a decent performance but lacked finishing in the final third.
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2. The team did not play like they missed some key players
The Super Eagles played pretty well and dominated most parts of the game especially the second half. Paul Onuachu missed to glaring chances in the first with good creative build from the team.
Cameroon did not get tested in the second half as the Indomitable Lions sat back in the second period to defend their half-time lead scored by Andre Anguissa.
3. Rohr must be taking every game serious as they come by
In Rohr’s pots-match interview, he made mention of not taking the loss serious because it was a test match which should not be acceptable by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF).
He was quoted by Complete Sports
“The most important thing is not the result because it was just a test match.”
A coach should not be making such comments especially when his team deserved to win the game. The Super Eagles had 17 shots on goal to Cameroon’s three but could not find the back of the net should be a huge worry for the coach.
4. A target should be set for the coach before AFCON 2021
This is the time the NFF need to take drastic measures when the national team play friendly games. Results of qualifiers should not only be the benchmark for Rohr’s scorecard.
Despite making it to the next AFCON tournament next year should not be Rohr’s only target but all other games should be taken seriously when it comes to evaluation.
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Meanwhile, . had earlier reported that Super Eagles technical adviser Gernot Rohr was excited with his players despite their 1-0 defeat to African rivals Cameroon in an international friendly played in Austria earlier this weekend.
Andre Anguissa’s lone goal from about 30 yards out in the 37th minute ensured the Indomitable Lions avenged their AFCON 2019 defeat to Nigeria.
But the German-born coach believes the result was meaningless compared to the impact the game had on his players.