By Kayode Ogundare:
Photo by Ganiyu Yusuf:
Gernot Rohr, the German head coach of the Super Eagles, has absolved his misfiring strikers of blame in Saturday’s 1-0 win over the Taifa Stars of Tanzania at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The Eagles had to wait for a 78th minute stunner from Kelechi Iheanacho to settle the game after several missed opportunities from the forwards with Victor Moses, Ahmed Musa and Odion Ighalo being the worst culprits with more than a dozen missed chances between them.
However Rohr has taken a philosophical view to the game and surmised that the players probably just had a bad day in the office and that it had nothing to do with their quality.
He said: “I knew the players before Saturday’s game. I’ve seen what they can do in training. I know what they can do. We played a friendly game against Akwa United here and they scored three good goals because the conditions were right. It was a good preparation for us. It was different against Tanzania with a good defence, a good spirit and above all a fantastic goalkeeper. We just need to find the mentality to play differently when we face this kind of opposition in the future.”
The 63-year old former coach of Burkina Faso also praised the entire team who he claimed played commendably well.
“I commend my players’ attitude even when the goal didn’t come in time," Rorh added.
"They waited patiently and kept their game together and I was very happy for them when the goal came. It was a very beautiful one. I’m also happy with the attitude of the fans. We have good players with lots of quality. Now we must try to have a good team too. We have only been together for one week but I’ve been very impressed with their output.”