- Gernot Rohr seems satisfied with his team’s performance during the October friendlies
- The Franco-German tactician has stated that his team did well despite missing key players
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has claimed that despite his team not winning any of their two friendly matches in October, the squad still competed well during the games.
Nigeria lost 1-0 to African champions Algeria on October 9 before being forced to a 1-1 draw with Tunisia four days later.
The Super Eagles put up a better performance against Tunisia and should have won the game; Kelechi Iheanacho opened the scoring in the 21st minute and then missed a chance for a brace when he missed a penalty kick.
Mohamed Draeger equalized barely a minute before half-time and Nigeria laboured to grab a winner to no avail.
Gernot Rohr was without key players including Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo and Joe Aribo during the international break, but seems pleased with his team’s performance.
He said after the game against Tunisia:
"We are happy to have had this opportunity to be camped in Austria for 10 days. It was a very good feeling to be together again after being away for 11 months, although we missed some key players.
"The 2 friendly games we played were very good competitive games. Algeria and Tunisia are very good teams. Indeed, the results could have been better. We could have picked a draw against Algeria and a win against Tunisia.
"We have some positives to pick out from the games because inspite of missing some key players we still competed well. Now it is going to be difficult for me to pick our list for the AFCON qualifiers next month because of the new boys who did well.
"I believe these very good friendly games will help us to return to winning ways when we play Sierra Leone next month(home and away). Good results next month may see us qualifying for the 2022 AFCON already."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the friendly matches against Algeria and Tunisia are put together as preparatory games ahead of the November 9 and 17 double header with Sierra Leone in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Nigeria lead Group L in the qualifying series having defeated Benin Republic and Lesotho in 2019 to claim maximum points. Earlier billed for 2021, the African Cup of nations has been shifted until 2022, no thanks to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic which forced football to be halted across the world for months.
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