- Nigeria vs Sierra Leone produced one of the greatest comebacks in football
- The Super Eagles surrendered a four goal lead to draw 4-4 against their opponent
- Gernot Rohr has now blamed poor preparation for his team's lack of concentration as he also noted bad luck played a role in the final scoreline
Super Eagles Gernot Rohr has highlighted the reasons that led to his team's inability to maintain a 4-goal lead in their 4-4 draw with Sierra Leone on Friday, November 13, at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium in Benin.
Sierra Leone stunned Nigeria coming from four goals down to grab a point in an eight goal thriller as they kept their hopes alive for a place in 2022 Africa Cup of Nations.
Just after 29 minutes of play, the Super Eagles were coasting to victory having scored four goals.
But Sierra Leone pulled one back through Kwame Quee just before the first half and went on to score three more in the final 18 minutes of the game thanks to a brace from Al-Hadji Kamara and another strike from Mustapha Bundu.
According to Gernot Rohr, poor preparations, unfavorable weather and the injury suffered by Victor Osimhen after 78 minutes, played a part in Nigeria's shocking display in the second half.
Speaking to reporters on Saturday, November 14, a day after the game and has seen in a video on Super Eagles YouTube page, Rohr explained: "If they (Nigerians) say they are vexed about the match and the result they are right. We are all vexed about it, we cannot accept such a result when you lead 4-0 and you have 4-1 at half time.
"The first half was one of the best we had together so what happened that the team collapsed in the second half.
"We are now trying to analyze, for me already what is sure is that we had a very bad preparation, the players arriving very late even the day before the match in the evening.
"We had only one collective training together, physically and mentally they lost energy in the second half.
"Hot weather for the players coming from Europe especially and then a collapse came and in the end our main striker suffered an injury and so everybody is saying bad luck."
The Super Eagles coach is however backing his team to bounce back with a win in Tuesday's reverse fixture, as that will guarantee Nigeria a place in AFCON 2022.
Nigeria still top Group L with seven points from three games in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
However, Benin are now one point behind Nigeria with six points garnered from three matches following their 1-0 win over Lesotho on Saturday evening.
Sierra Leone are third on two points from three games while Lesotho sit last on the group with one point.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Victor Osimhen had to be stretched off as he screamed in pain after suffering a wrist injury during Nigeria's 4-4 against Sierra Leone in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
The Napoli striker who scored Nigeria’s second goal in the game had to be replaced by Paul Onuachu in the 78th minute of the game after picking up what looks like a terrible injury.
It was gathered that the 21-year-old was challenging one of the Leone Stars defenders when he fell awkwardly on his wrist.
He was quickly surrounded by his teammates who alongside the referee signalled the medics into the pitch.
Osimhen is now likely to miss the second leg against Sierra Leone in Freetown.
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