Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr says the Super Eagles played a very good game against the Warriors of Zimbabwe despite the fact that the international friendly match ended goalless, Completesports.com reports.
Nigeria played out a 0-0 draw with the Warriors of Zimbabwe in an international friendly match which took place at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta State on Saturday.
The game which saw both sides matching each other man to man was played under a heavy downpour as the heavens opened up some hours before the match started, and it kept on raining all through the duration of the encounter.
Rohr used the game as an opportunity to hand out useful game time to a number of fringe players as well as a few others who have not played regularly for their European clubs.
During the post-match press conference, Rohr said: “I can tell you that my team played very well despite the game ending goalless. Mikel especially showed that he is back for the team.
“And ahead of the Nations Cup in Egypt, I am very sure that my players will perform very well. The fact that Kelechi Iheanacho did not play does not mean anything.”
Rohr added: “I have not yet reached a conclusion on Kelechi and as a matter of fact, his confidence is coming back to him alongside his new-found seriousness on the pitch and in the camp.”
Gernot Rohr is expected to unveil Super Eagles 23-man squad for AFCON 2019 anytime from today.
The Eagles’ last pre-tournament friendly is against fellow West African country, Senegal and the match is billed for the Ismailia Stadium on June 16.
The AFCON 2019 is billed to take place in Egypt from the 21st of June to the 19th of July. Nigeria will do battle with Burundi, Madagascar and Guinea in Group B.
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