Monday Sep 16, 2019. 17:00
Gernot Rohr says Nigeria’s first half performance against Ukraine in last week’e friendly was the best 45 minutes of football from the side in his time in charge of the team.
Goals from debutant Joe Aribo and Victor Osimhen out the Super Eagles 2-0 up in the opening period, but they con ceded twice in 60 seconds in the second half and had to settle for a draw.
Rohr believes there were still plenty of positives, and was impressed with his side’s start to the game.
“More than the result, it was the way we played that made me happy,” he said. “It was my best 45 minutes in charge of the Super Eagles. We played one touch, two touches and scored fantastic goals.
“Second half, we could have scored a third, but understandably the level of performance dropped a little. They scored twice, the second goal was a handball which the referee got right, but the linesman decided otherwise.
“It was a good game for a friendly. Both teams did well. We were treated well in Ukraine.”
Rohr is now looking ahead to his side’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Benin in November, but is also looking forward to some more fine-tuning in the October FIFA window.
“Now it’s time to focus on the AFCON qualifiers. The game against Ukraine has gone and the boys did very well, in my opinion,” he said.
“Next month we have two possible matches, and I think it will be good for us to have an African opponent because of the qualifiers in November.”