- Gernot Rohr blames Daniel Akpeyi for Nigeria's 2-1 defeat to Algeria at AFCON 2019
- Man City star Mahrez scored the winning goal that powered the Fennecs to the final of the championship
- Rohr believes the goalkeeper did not do enough to cover his tracks before the free kick was taken
Super Eagles technical adviser Gernot Rohr has blamed Daniel Akpeyi for Nigeria's 2-1 defeat to Algeria at the semifinal stage of this year's Africa Cup of Nations championship in Egypt.
Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez drove home a stunning free kick in the late minutes of the encounter after Wilfred Ndidi fouled the Premier League star at the edge of his side's danger zone.
The 2016 CAF player of the year scored the goal that helped the Desert Foxes outshine the three time AFCON champions before eventually beating Senegal to lift the title.
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Rohr revealed that the outfield players formed a good wall with Henry Onyekuru covering the ground in case the Algerian decided to try a low shot in search of goal.
The German born tactician, according to African Football insisted that Akpeyi did not align with the wall he formed, which gave Mahrez all the chance to find the back of the net in the game.
"At first, it was unfortunate that this foul had even occurred near the 18-yard box,” Rohr told German publication Mannheimer Morgen.
"Then the wall wanted to jump, and one threw himself on the floor to fend off the ball. We took care of everything, just that our goalkeeper was not behind the wall.”
The Kaizer Chiefs keeper has however been excluded from the team having been dropped from the squad that played Ukraine last month.
Akpeyi has also been overlooked in Rohr's team that will battle Brazil in an international friendly encounter in Singapore on October 13.
Meanwhile, apart from winning bronze medal at the end of the tournament, Odion Ighalo also finished as the tourney's highest goals'scorer and clinch the golden boot.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Super Eagles technical adviser Gernot Rohr has revealed that Chelsea duo of Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham are not in his current plan.
The Blues stars of Nigerian descent are currently having a swell time in their Premier League debut this season.
Former Bristol City forward Abraham is currently second joint EPL leading goal scorer alongside Aubameyang with seven goals, as they are both behind Sergio Aguero who has eight goals.
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