Rohr Laments Eagles’ Poor Defence

By Adebayo Williams

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has lamented the team’s poor defence. Speaking after his side’s 3-1 victory over the Desert Foxes of Algeria, the German handler said the Eagles’ right-back position still left much to be desired. He promised to find a lasting solution to the area by finding more players who are qualified to put up a real fight for the place.

“The only problems we had during the game were the chances Algeria were creating in the second half,” Rohr told media.

“It was tough stopping the Algerians but our defenders showed solidarity and we held on. It’s clear that we must improve our defence.

“We have tried three different players at right-back; they have done their best but we have to continue to find the ideal players for the defence.

“We will improve. I’m happy though that we’re strong offensively.”

Rohr, however, praised stand-in keeper Daniel Akpeyi for his ‘composed’ display. He said although he had started out nervous, he had been able to hold his own between the sticks.

The Super Eagles won the game courtesy of Victor Moses’ brace and Mikel Obi’s goal. Algeria grabbed a consolation via a Nabil Bentaleb strike late on. They sit top of the table with six points from two games while Algeria and Zambia are joint bottom. Cameroon are second on two points after a penalty rescued a point for them against Zambia.

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