Gernot Rohr has admitted that Nigeria missed the services of Wilfred Ndidi and Alex Iwobi after losing to the Central African Republic.
The Super Eagles lost 1-0 against the Wild Beasts in a Fifa World Cup qualifier on Thursday evening.
Despite creating the better chances and controlling majority of the ball possession, Rohr’s charges couldn’t convert their chances and they were punished by a Karl Namnganda 90th minute strike in front of their own fans at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
Nigeria were without England-based duo Ndidi and Iwobi who both had to be withdrawn due to injuries.
Speaking to the media after the clash, the German mentor said they missed some of their more experienced players.
“When we analyzed it, we dominated possession of the ball, we had several opportunities to score, but we did not score and very often in football, there was a counter and our opponents scored. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, we lost. We had the opportunity to score, but we couldn’t.
“We have to recover, and we have to make some changes in the team. We missed the creativity of Iwobi, we also missed Ndidi so much. It was not easy for Frank Onyeka and a first-timer Taiwo Awoniyi to come in this team.”
The two sides will meet again on Sunday and Rohr is positive that his troops will bounce back with a good result.
“Cape Verde were well organised but we are still ahead in the group and in three days time, I believe we will be able to win the match,” he added.
“It will not be in Central Africa, it will be in Cameroon and on a very good pitch.
“Also, I think the fighting spirit of the team is still there. I hope in the next game, we will be luckier than today,” he concluded.
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By FARPost Reporter