As the final whistle went at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, there was a quiet so intense.
The other dissonance you could hear was from players and officials of Central African Republic.
Ahead of the game, Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr complained in relation to the belatedly arrival of some players. He was also without the England-based trio of Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo and Alex Iwobi.
Notwithstanding, in Victor Osimhen, Kelechi Iheanacho and Simon Moses, the German had genuine firepower to defeat a side ranked 124th by FIFA.
A lot of people have questioned Rohr’s tactical nous for a long time. Fifty-fifty when he has had the total complement of players available, he has not already made the best choices, particularly when it comes to in-game direction.
For most of the game against CAR, the Eagles looked clueless. They struggled to create chances and resorted to long balls against lesser fancied opponents. The midfielders failed to pick upward the ball and dictate the play.
The truth is, Nigeria didn’t deserve to win. Rohr did not have a programme to win. And serious questions demand to be asked.
He doesn’t appear to be the one to take Nigerian football to the next level. The NFF have a choice to create at this dot.
In 3 days, CAR will host the opposite fixture. And whether we reckon a repeat of nowadays, Rohr should be on his way. It’s that simple.
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