Rohr Vows To Improve Eagles Defence, Praises Akpeyi

Rohr Vows To Improve Eagles Defence, Praises Akpeyi

By Nurudeen Obalola:

Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has promised to make the team's defence better after backing stand-in goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi following Saturday's World Cup qualifying win over Algeria, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The 3-1 victory was Nigeria's second in two Group B Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers, but there were nervy moments as Algeria fought back.

"The only problems we had during the game were the chances Algeria were creating in the second half," Rohr told reporters.

"It was tough stopping the Algerians but our defenders showed solidarity and we held on. It's clear that we must improve our defence.

"We have tried three different players at right-back; they have done their best but we have to continue to find the ideal players for the defence.

"We will improve. I'm happy though that we're strong offensively."

The German expressed satisfaction in the performance of Chippa United keeper Akpeyi, who stood in for the injured Carl Ikeme.

"Daniel had a good game; you can't blame him for the goal. He was nervous early on but he grew into the game and did well for us."

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