Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has stated that his team still has their destiny in their hands as there is still hope of them qualifying for the round of 16 despite losing to Croatia in their Group D opening game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Saturday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The Super Eagles got their campaign off to a losing note after losing 2-0 to Croatia following an own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo and a second-half penalty converted from Luka Modric. “We now have to get four points if we want to qualify,” Rohr said in his post-match press conference.
“We are only one point behind the second-placed teams (Argentina and Iceland) Nothing is lost, everything is in our hands so we will be positive that we can do it.
“We have the youngest team in the World Cup let them learn from this match and try to do better.
“We saw Iceland’s game against Argentina, they are a very strong team. We can do better than what we did against Croatia.”
Rohr expressed satisfaction with the organisation of the Super Eagles play despite the defeat, promising that they will work on their approach to set plays.
“You are not satisfied when you don’t score. We are satisfied with the organisation of the team defensively but we didn’t have so many opportunities to score. Alex Iwobi did well in the beginning later Ahmed Musa came in to bring his speed to the match and he has the chance to start the next game.
“I think the organisation was okay. It was the first time we played like that in the midfield with (Wilfred) Ndidi who was coming back after a long injury with Etebo and Mikel Obi. So when they played together for the first time it was a bit complicated.