“We need to find our Winning Spirit”, Rohr admits defeat to CAR humbled Super Eagles


Nigeria’s Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has admitted that the defeat to Central Africa Republic was a big reality check and it left the entire dressing room downcast.

The three-time African champions were stunned at home, 1-0 by the minnows ranked 32nd in Africa and it is enough to prompt a rethink and Rohr told the media on Thursday.
“At first we must have a good digestion of this result because it was a big knock on the head of everybody,” said Rohr in his post-match presser.
“So we must stay calm and not panic, we’ll analyze the game and prepare for the second one. Perhaps we will make some changes in the team.”
The 68 year-old however did welcomed the chance for the team to regroup and prepare for the return-leg on Sunday in Douala.
Rohr insists the team must find its “winning spirit” again after the humbling outcome of the match at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
He ceased the opportunity to take a subtle dig at the playing surface in Lagos which had obvious impact on his side’s ability to keep the ball on the ground.
Nigeria could not muster a shoot on target in the entire duration of the game and lost a World Cup qualifier at home for the first time after 40 years.
“And then there’s a new spirit, new motivation because everybody is down actually in the dressing room, so we have to find again our winning spirit and have a very good organization in this wonderful pitch in Douala.
“It’ll be a big pitch, wonderful grass in Cameroon now they have such Stadiums everywhere.
“We are lucky not to go to Bangui, we have the chance to go to Cameroon which is not too far and in three days to do better than Today.”


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