After losing their last group B game to debutants Madagascar at the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations to finish second in Group B, Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has defended his side.
The German tactician has accepted that it is not a shame for Nigeria to lose to the team like Madagascar at a stage like the Nations Cup.
“Madagascar qualified for this tournament since October last year and there is no shame to lose to Madagascar.” Rohr told www.totorinews.com after the game.
“We made a mistake that gave Madagascar the first goal and we also conceded the second goal from a free kick. We lost to a better side,” he noted.
The 66-year-old tactician rested some players who featured against Burundi and Guinea as well as away of having fresh legs going into the Round 16.
“We wanted to rest some of the players for the round 16. Nigeria had qualified, we are not happy that we lost and it is very important not to lose the round 16 game,” he noted.
Nigeria will wait for the team that finishes second in Group F which comprises of defending champions Cameroon, Ghana, Benin and Guinea Bissau.