Gernot Rohr says there will be a reaction from the Super Eagles when they face Leone Stars of Sierra Leone, in the return leg of the Group L 2021 AFCON qualifiers in Freetown on Tuesday, Completesports.com reports.
The Eagles shockingly surrendered a four-goal lead to draw 4-4 against the Leone Stars in Benin on Friday.
A win for the Eagles would have edged them closer to qualification for the AFCON.
Despite the setback, Rohr believes the Eagles will react to make amends for the disappointment in the reverse fixture in Benin.
“Everybody is determined, everybody is vexed, nobody slept,” Rohr said in an interview published on the Super Eagles YouTube channel.
“So we are doing everything in training and in the meeting we will do, we will see again everything in the video, speak about the mistakes and I’m sure they will react because I know my team, I know what we can do, they showed it in the first half.
If we can maintain the energy for the second half we can do it I know it’s a good team. I think at half-time they believed it’s finished but it was not finished. It is a good lesson to everybody, to the staff, to the players and we have to react, I can promise you that we will react, if they will be lucky or not I cannot promise you but they will fight and go there to win the match.”
Rohr said he understands the angry reaction of football fans following the draw in the first-leg, stating it was an unacceptable result.
“If they say they are vexed about the match and the result they are right,” he said. “We are all vexed about it, we cannot accept such result especially when you lead 4-0 and you are 4-1 up at half-time. The first half was one of the best we have had together, so what happened that the team collapsed in the second half? We are now trying to analyse.”
He also pointed out what could have affected his players on Friday.
“For me already what is sure and that is a fact is that we had a very bad preparation, the players arrived very late. Even the day before the match in the evening we had only one quality training together.
“Physically and mentally they lost energy in the second half. The weather was hot for the players coming from Europe and then they collapsed. Then injury to our main striker and everybody said it’s bad luck.”
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By James Agberebi