What Rohr Told Super Eagles Team After Serbia Defeat
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr said valuable lessons have been learnt after the team fell short of expectation in their pre-World Cup friendly against Serbia in London Tuesday.
Rohr rang the changes from the side the defeated Poland last Friday, opting for an inexperienced defence and playing without a recognised striker as the Eagles were outplayed by their European opponents.
The untidy nature of the defeat left fans disappointed seeing as the Serbs play a similar style of football to Croatia, who Nigeria play in Group D of the World Cup.
But Rohr reportedly told the team to take positives from the tie, saying their reaction after going down was just as important, Vanguard writes.
“Rohr commended the boys and urged them not to drop their heads because no football team in the world wins all their games,” Eagles spokesman Toyin Ibitoye said.
“The coach told the team they should learn from this defeat and not sulk, but rather go back to their clubs and keep fighting.
“He said what was most important after such a loss is how the team react, he said, adding that “we have to bounce back.”
Nigeria’s next preparatory game is a home clash against Congo DR in May, before a high-profile friendly against England at Wembley June 2.
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