The Super Eagles of Nigeria were outclassed in a World Cup friendly match against Serbia with two goals from Aleksandar Mitrovic in the second half to guarantee the Serbians a victory.
However, reactions over the social media clearly shows that Nigerians gave little or no attention to the tactics employed by Gernot Rohr.
Interestingly, there were more criticism on the experience of the players that played the match rather than the technical man that was in charge. If an indigenous manager were to be in charge, the story would have being a different thing.
It is quite unfortunate that when Super Eagles lose a match under a foreign manager we blame the players, but when they lose under an indigenous manager, the call for the head of the coach begins. We must learn to give same measure to both, whether foreign or indigenous.
The fact is, it was a friendly and the purpose of every friendly match is to find out tactical lapses. And if Gernot Rohr had learnt from yesterday’s match, he should understand that he really need to work on his midfield.
The fact that Aleksandar Mitrovic scored two goals within a space of 13 minutes is a clear indication that there is technical lapses on the part of our technical crew. No manager gives room for a particular player to score one and two, it is like making mediocrity of his tactics.
This is the second time Nigeria is losing by 2-0 under Gernot Rohr, the first being against South Africa. The fact that the boys found it difficult to score a single goal in both matches also shows that our ability to recover when opponents take the lead need to be looked at.
However, our current team has an average age of 27 putting them at their peak and at the ripe age to be successful in their career. Excuses should not be given when the team reach Russia for the World Cup.