Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has praised the effort and quality of his young players after they secured a very important 3-2 away win against Libya in Sfax on Tuesday
Speaking with reporters after the match ,Gernot Rohr suggested he was satisfied with the team’s performance, despite needing a late winner, in difficult conditions.
The German said: “Today the other team played with more caution at the back. They were aware of our threat on the counter which didn’t allow for them to give us so much space to exploit.
“The pitch here is much smaller in comparison to our home ground at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, a turf which we enjoy playing on, as we express ourselves better due to the space.”
Super Eagles seemed to be in control early on , racing into an early two-nil lead, while playing some eye-catching football.
However, a combination errors from Francis Uzoho and a midfield collapse dragged Libya level with 16 minutes remaining.
Despite the scare, Odion Ighalo scored a composed left-footed 81st-minute match-winner – his brace on the night – as Nigeria moved to top spot in Group E
While acknowledging his players almost blew their chances of going top of the group , Gernot Rohr credited the opposition for handing his young and largely inexperienced Super Eagles team a tough fight.
“It was a demanding second-half and ultimately a difficult victory for us,” he said, “but these difficult victories can help our young team learn in experience and give confidence as we look to take valuable lessons from our latest conquest.
“We played against a very good Libyan team. Despite the loss, they aren’t eliminated just yet and I believe they can still do something in their final two matches.
“Next up for us is a trip to South Africa, where we will look to play a beautiful football match against Bafana Bafana, to achieve our qualification objective,” the manager concluded.