The Super Eagles played as host to Central African Republic in the second stage of the world Cup qualifiers. The match which was played in Teslim Balogun Stadium (Lagos) ended in favour of the visitors as they managed to defeat Nigeria with a late goal. Gernot Rohr made some silly mistakes that was uncalled for. The players in their own part also made mistakes and this help Central African Republic to take advantage of Nigeria's poor display to score.
Two costly mistakes made by Nigerian players that helped Central African Republic to score a goal are seen below:
1. Awful Back Pass.
Gernot Rohr's Midfield selection lacked understanding, creativity and solidity. Wilfred Ndidi didn't play today due to the Injury he sustained in Leicester last match against Crystal Palace. His absence at that midfield was greatly noticed. Onyeka replaced Ndidi at the Midfield but he couldn't do his work well. Onyeka was very fragile with his marking, no creative passes and he found it hard to work with Aribo. Both Midfielders lacked creativity, they played the ball backwards severally to the goalkeeper or defenders in order to play a safe game.
2. Poor Marking and Clearance in the 18-yard box helped Central Africans Score
Nigerian defenders were too porous today. Towards the stoppage time Nigeria's marking was too poor. Our inability to hold the ball and complete one good pass made the pressure to become too much to handle. The defenders suddenly switched off in the 90th minute which helped Central African Republic to score the only goal of the match.
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