Clemens Westerhof says Super Eagles disappointed him after the three-time African champions lost their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations semifinal match to the Desert Foxes of Algeria, Completesports.com reports.
Nigeria’s AFCON 1994 title-winning coach, however, says he would only be ‘compensated’ with a win over the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in tonight’s Third-Place match.
“Yeah, it was bad result, the Super Eagles disappointed me by losing to Algeria,” Westerhof told Completesports.com on Wednesday afternoon.
“It was a bad performance, no creativity, no cohesion in the attack. It was bad.
“I did not see it coming. I don’t know, but something was wrong. Super Eagles did not play”.
The Super Eagles are billed to take on the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in a few hours from now, in a bronze match and Westerhof is beaming with confidence the Gernot Rohr’s men will ‘compensate’ him for that heartbreaking loss to Riyad Mahrez- inspired Algeria with a victory against Tunisia.
“The Super Eagles will have to fight. Tunisia are good technically and tactically, but the Eagles must win.
“They must tell Nigerians ‘it was a mistake we lost to Algeria’. They must fight for the pride of their country, they must ‘compensate’ me for losing the match to Algeria.
“Yes, they will come back home with something (bronze). It is good for their career instead of coming home empty-handed.”
The match kicks off at 8 pm Nigerian time tonight. The first time the Super Eagles won the Nations Cup on away soil was in Tunisia in 1994.
By Sab Osuji