Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has blamed inexperience for his team’s poor showing in their opening game of the 2019 African Nations Cup qualifier against South Africa.
Goals from Tokelo Rantie and Percy Tau condemned the Super Eagles to a 2-0 defeat in Uyo, their first ever competitive loss to Bafana Bafana in 25 years, and Rohr pointed to the relative youth of his squad
“My young team played a very good first half, but didn’t score.” The German said. “We knew that in the second half, the experienced team of SA would be dangerous on counters, and that’s what happened.”
Rohr also suggested that his players lost steam in the second half after expending energy in the first. We controlled the game till after the goal, then they became nervous,” he said
The loss leaves Nigeria third in Group E. The Super Eagles now need to win all their remaining games to have any chance of qualifying.