Okocha Blames Rohr For Super Eagles' Defeat
The Super Eagles lost their opening World Cup match through an own goal by Oghenekaro Etebo and a Luka Modric penalty kick.
Their German coach, Gernot Rohr thinks it was all down to two major mistakes because his tactics and strategies were on point but one of the best footballers to have played on earth disagrees.
He is Austin Okocha and he was once a Super Eagles captain and represented Nigeria at three World Cup tournaments.
“The Super Eagles got done by the movements of the Croatian team in their box. The Super Eagles midfielders were not doing their best both in defending and in attack.
“Eagles didn’t get the best out of Alex Iwobi and Victor Moses because the manager was trying to accommodate Mikel Obi in the team.
“The manager didn’t earn his money today. We were not a threat in the first half and I was expecting him to play three at the back, five players in the midfield and two strikers to the team a chance to get back into the game.
“It is sad because I know we can do better than this. Of course, there is still hope but we have to do it the hard way now.
“These (Croatians) are world class players who know how to win by exploiting little details.”
Okocha also blamed Rohr for deploying Mikel in the creative role.
“We didn’t have a creative player today,” the former Nigeria No.10 added. “Mikel has been a good servant to the national team. His best position is playing in front of the defence. We saw what he did playing for Chelsea where he had a glorious career.
“The most creative player in that team is Alex Iwobi but he was played on the flanks. He (Iwobi) can play on the flanks at Arsenal because they had better players in that role like Mesut Ozil.
“The reason why we lost was because we played our best players out of their positions.
“Playing Mikel in that position didn’t help Moses and Iwobi on the flanks.”
Okocha is a SuperSport analyst for the World Cup, Russia 2018.
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