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.
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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.
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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.
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.