Czech Republic: Rohr sees positives from defeat

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(Last Updated On: June 8, 2018)

Nigeria’s coach, Gernot Rohr saw plenty of positives from his side’s 1-0 friendly defeat by the Czech Republic on Wednesday. He had promised that his players will deliver better performance against Croatia at the World Cup on 16 June.

Despite losing three of their last four warm up games and drawing the other, Rohr is focusing on the World Cup.

“We lost again another match, everybody is angry about it and this anger is positive,” Rohr told BBC Sport.

“After we won against Argentina in a friendly [in November], everyone talked about us reaching the semi-final and now the results now has humbled those voices.

“Because we need humility, it is helping us. We also need solidarity and hard work. Everybody understands this after the defeat to Czech Republic.”

The three-time African champions looked lethargic during the opening half of their loss to the Czechs, but played with more intent after half-time in their final warm-up match.

Wednesday’s loss followed a 2-1 defeat on Saturday to hosts England at Wembley, before that the Super Eagles drew 1-1 with DR Congo and lost to Serbia 2-0.
The Super Eagles last win was in March as they beat Poland 1-0.

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