AFCON Qualifier: Super Eagles Coach Defends Daniel Akpeyi
Two second half goals by Tokelo Rantie and Percy Tau ensured South Africa won their first ever competitive game against Nigeria.
Rohr, who has now lost his first game after seven matches in charge of the Super Eagles, has absorbed Akpeyi of any blame saying the whole team lost.
“I won’t blame the keeper for the defeat, we lose as a team.
“The first goal, a header came from the right, through a cross from the South African right-back. The second had our keeper beaten from outside the box but we should have had a man marking the scorer. The whole team lost, I can’t blame a single player.
“We had difficulties in finishing the match because we made so many efforts in the first half while some of our players were tired in the second half. We tried to open the wings and bring power to the team but unfortunately it did not yield fruits.
Rohr is however hopeful of an improved performance and a better result against Cameroon in a 2018 World Cup qualifiers in August.
“I have trust in these boys because they played well in the first half but they could not score. We win and lose together. I think the next game with Cameroun will be very interesting. It will be better, much better.”
Nigeria next host Cameroon on August 28.