Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr believes his team will get better in future following their AFCON 2019 semifinal 2-1 defeat to the Desert Foxes of Algeria at the Cairo International Stadium on Sunday, Completesports.com reports.
The North Africans totally dominated the game with Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez scoring a late winner.
“I have a young team that will continue to improve and one that will surely get better. We are sad that we lost. In my players’ mind, they were already thinking about extra time, but we lost in the last minute to a wonderful free-kick scored by a special player, ” Rohr told a news conference after the game.
“Against South Africa, we scored late to win the game, today we conceded late. These things happen in football. I want to congratulate the Algerian team for winning the game and proceeding to the final.
“They played better in the first half and made things difficult for us. We conceded an own goal which was difficult to take.
“We had a good second half and scored a goal from the spot. We have shown strong character by coming back from difficult situation in this tournament and we did the same against Algeria.
“We have leant a lot from this experience and will do better in future. This team is young but will get better.”
The Super Eagles will face the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in the Third-Place match on Wednesday.
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