In the aftermath of Nigeria’s World Cup ouster, head coach Gernot Rohr has admitted he made some mistakes in the crucial 1-2 defeat to Argentina that sealed the Eagles’ fate.
Rohr, who celebrated his 65th birthday yesterday, said his decision to make late substitutions contributed to the Super Eagles’ early exit from the Mundial.
Rohr took off Kenneth Omeruo and Ahmed Musa late on, after hooking Kelechi Iheanacho at the interval as the Eagles fell to a late Marcus Rojo goal.
And the German tactician has expressed his disappointment over Nigeria’s elimination from the World Cup despite giving the South American giants a good fight at a rocking Saint Petersburg Stadium.
“We are very disappointed,” said Rohr, who earlier this week indicated his desire to stay on with the team.
“My team gave their best. They played a very good second half and missed qualifying by just a few minutes.
“Argentina have great players and they were pushing, pushing, pushing. This is championship level and we are not ready for that now. It was also down to a little bit of luck and we didn’t have it.
“I am proud of my team. We lacked experience. Such games build character and in a few years you will see a very strong team.”
He added, “I wanted to bring out Ahmed Musa but he said he wanted to stay and was fit to finish the match. We were waiting to make two other changes. Everybody was playing well and nobody had to go out.”