- Gernot Rohr insists losing to Madagascar at AFCON group stage was a blessing in disguise
- The Super Eagles were stunned 2-0 by the Berea despite kicking off their campaign with two straight wins
- Nigeria are however through to the semifinal of the championship after beating South Africa at the quarterfinal stage
Nigeria technical adviser Gernot Rohr has suggested that his side's defeat to Madagascar at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations championship was a blessing in disguise.
The Super Eagles suffered their only defeat so far at the ongoing tourney in Egypt to the Berea with Lalaina Nomenjanahary and Carolus Andriamahitsinoro scoring a goal each in the match.
Rohr's men have however gone ahead to beat defending champions Cameroon (3-2) at the round of 16 stage.
And then claimed a 2-1 win over Stuart Baxter's South Africa at the quarterfinal stage to book a semifinal date with Algeria on Sunday, July 14.
The German born tactician has however stated that they could lose the Madagascar game because they already secured their qualification to the knockout stage already.
"The loss to Madagascar was our joker," Rohr told the media.
"We could lose it because we had already qualified for the next round. We wanted to allow others in the team to play as well.
“We can forget about the defeat to Madagascar now because we are through to the semi-final. Even the defeat helped us to be more humble and sometimes it is good also.”
Nigeria got their campaign off to a winning start following their 1-0 win over Burundi, and then maintain status quo after beating Guinea 1-0 in their second game.
The Super Eagles were then stunned 2-0 in their last group game by one of the competition's debutants at the Alexandria Stadium.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Gernot Rohr says he has met his minimum target following Super Eagles qualification to Africa Cup of Nations semi finals.
The German tactician told journalists that Nigeria's third place in the African rankings can only be maintained by progressing into the last four of AFCON 2019.
A goal each from Samuel Chukwueze and William Troost-Ekong saw the three time African champions advance to the last four stage and book a date with Algeria on Sunday, July 14.
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