Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr has praised his team’s first-half performance against Ukraine in a friendly that ended 2-2 on Tuesday, September 10.
The Super Eagles scored two goals through Joe Aribo and Victor Osimhen in a dominant first half to go into halftime two goals up.
The Ukrainians, however, bounced back and grabbed a draw.
Despite the collapse in the second half, Rohr is proud of the performance of his boys and said the first 45 minutes was the best he ever had with the Super Eagles.
“More than the result, it's the kind of football we played. It was the best 45 minutes I ever played with Nigeria,” Rohr said in a video shared on Super Eagles official Youtube channel.
“For a friendly, it was a high-level game and we have lots of satisfaction with the new players, especially Aribo who scored the first goal.
“Our strikers with the quickness, wingers, midfield and even behind. We know that eight players from AFCON were not here and we had to replace them.”
“This team is the youngest I ever coach in Nigeria, with an average age of 22.8,” Rohr also said.
“Huge satisfaction especially against one of the best teams in Europe actually. They are the leaders in their group for qualification (Euro 2020). They also had some U20 champions in the match. It was an interesting game for us.”
Also in the video, Rohr urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to arrange friendly games against African teams ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier where Nigeria will face the Republic of Benin, Sierra Leone and Lesotho in Group L.
‘We have to play against African teams because in the qualifiers we face African teams,” Rohr said.
“We have to get used to African football. Today was European football and high-level football. Now we have to go back to Africa or play in Europe against African teams.
“We need to prepare against African teams.”
The Super Eagles will next face Brazil in a friendly on Sunday, October 13.