Nigeria vs Algeria: Verdict
It was a drab encounter considering the fireworks that heralded the two previous encounters. Algeria edged Nigeria 1-0 last night in Austria via a fourth minute goal from a corner kick.
However, the same technical and tactical issues came up again and coach Gernot Rohr has no answer to it.
For instance, Samuel Chukwueze was on the right all night and was ineffective, a simple tactical switch to the left, his natural forte could have helped.
Rohr’s rigidity would be Super Eagles undoing going forward. We might qualify for the 2022 world cup but are we just going or to make so much impact?
Given the fact that Nigeria had new players, what I expect the German coach to be doing now is elimination by substitution. Since taking over, Rohr’s team is not taking shape and is being ruthlessly predictable.
He has a few days to correct the lapses as Nigeria take on Tunisia on Tuesday.