Coach Gernot Rohr has hailed the Super Eagles despite suffering a 4-0 defeat against Morocco in the final of the CHAN 2018 on Sunday.

Nigeria, for the first time, qualified for the final of the tournament, but could not withstand the fire power of the host country.

While many are faulting the poor structure of the Nigeria Professional Football League as the major reason, Super Eagles coach Rohr is taking the positives from the championship.

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“Personally, I think there were lots of positives out there, far more than what people expected from the team,” Rohr told BBC Sport in Casablanca.

“For the group it is good for them at this level, the players can also be proud of what they have done here in Morocco.”

“You don’t define the overall performance based with the final result, they reached this stage against all odds and deserve nothing but our praise and support,” said Rohr.

“I’ve been really impressed and see this as big progress for us.

“When everyone looks back, they will be satisfied with the exposure, results, and the incredible performance of the team.”

Nigeria finished third in 2014 and were knocked out of the 2016 edition in Rwanda at the group stage.

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