By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
Following the not too impressive performance of the Super Eagles in their last international friendly matches, ex- international Peter Ijeh has charged the Gernot Rohr tutored side to be more committed and raise their game to give Nigerians something to cheer about.
The Super Eagles last Friday at the Stade Olympique, Austria lost by 0-1 to reigning African champions, Algeria and later on Tuesday played a 1-1 draw with the continents second rated team, Tunisia at the same venue.
Speaking to New Nigerian Sports on his assessment of the Super Eagles in both games, the former Super Eagles striker noted that a lot still need to be done by the technical crew of the national team saying; that their performance was not a true reflection of what the team should be.
He was surprised that a team made up of such stars as Ahmed Musa, Kenneth Omeruo, Kelechi Iheanachor, Leon Balogun, Chidozie Awaiem William Ekong and Wilfred Ndidi amongst others could not click in both games.
” The performance of the Super Eagles in the two games surprised me because I had expected a more mobile team that’s hungry for goals but I did not see that”, began the former NITEL and Julius Berger of Lagos player who once won the highest goal scorers award in Nigeria.
” There is need for Rohr to carry out a thorough assessment of what went wrong with the team and make amends before their AFCON qualifier games against Sierra- Leone. He has to do this because Nigerians are tired of excuses and will not accept one in case of any further poor performance.
” You will also discover that both the midfield and defence were not properly coordinated and if not for the excellent performance of the goal keeper, Maduka Okoye, we would have conceded more goals and as such something must be done urgently “, concluded the former Maimo FC of Sweden who emerged top scorer in the Allswensken in 2002 with 24 goals.