Nigerian football legend Austin Jay Jay Okocha has criticized coach Stephen Keshi for the team’s poor display at the team’s 2014 World Cup opener against Iran.
“We were poor but we hope to get better as the tournament progresses,” said Okocha, who is on the technical committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
“This was a must-win for Nigeria but we did not take it. We did not do enough in terms of our tactical play. Keshi did not do enough work on the team. The tactical play of Eagles was so bad, I hold Keshi responsible for this.”
Okocha, who netted 14 times during a 13-year career for the national team, blasted the the coach for replacing Liverpool’s Victor Moses early in the second half with Shola Ameobi, who parted company with Newcastle this summer.
“Osaze (Peter Odemwingie) was more creative when he came in, and we needed more in this game,” the midfield playmaker added.