Sunday, July 14, 2024

Eagles Believed They’Ve Won After Scoring – Rohr

Head coach of the Benin Republic national football team and former Super Eagles coach, Genort Rohr, has said the Cheetahs were better organised than the Eagles during their famous 2-1 win over Nigeria in a 2026 World Cup qualifier at their adopted home in Abidjan on Monday.

The Cheetahs dealt a blow to Nigeria’s hopes of reviving their qualifying campaign at the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny thanks to two responsive goals from Jodel Dossou and Steve Mounie after Raphael Onyedika had given Nigeria the lead.

As a result, Benin moved to the top of the group with seven points, leaving the Eagles to languish in fifth with just three points after four matches and nurse the fear of missing a consecutive World Cup after 2022’s failure.

Rohr rubbed salt to the Eagles’ injury during the post-match interview, describing his team as better organised than his former side.

“These players always have solidarity. The belief is strong and they can score goals as well.

“I think we had the right organisation, they scored the first goal and perhaps believed it was already done but the reaction and the desire of my team was so strong that they could come back in the game,” Rohr said.

Super Eagles head coach Finidi George, who was appointed in April is yet to win in two games in charge of the team but remains optimistic that the Eagles will bounce back.

The Eagles will be back in action for two more games in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers by March 2025 when they visit Rwanda on March 17 and host Zimbabwe on March 25.

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