FIFA World CupCroatia vs Nigeria: Rohr is to blame for Eagles loss – Okocha Published 6 months agoon June 17, 2018By GoalBall Austin “Jayjay” Okocha has put the blame on Gernot Rohr for the poor tactical approach in Super Eagles’ 2-0 defeat in the hands of the Croats in their Group D opening game at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. A regretable own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo and a spot-kick from Luka Modric extended Nigeria’s winless streak in opening World Cup match.The former Super Eagles captain also faulted the team’s poor defending which caused the two goals conceded in each half.“It was a decent first half but maturity was the edge the Croatian team had over the Nigerian team,” Okocha said on SuperSport, where he was a guest analyst, after the game.“The Super Eagles got done by the movements of the Croatian team in their box. The Super Eagles midfielders were not doing their best both in defending and in the attack.“Eagles didn’t get the best out of Alex Iwobi and Victor Moses because the manager was trying to accommodate Mikel Obi in the team. “The manager didn’t earn his money today. We were not a threat in the first half and I was expecting him to play three at the back, five players in the midfield and two strikers to the team a chance to get back into the game.“It is sad because I know we can do better than this. Of course, there is still hope but we have to do it the hard way now.“These (Croatians) are world class players who know how to win by exploiting little details.”Okocha who starred for Nigeria in three FIFA World Cups in 1994, 1998 and 2002 also blamed Rohr for deploying Mikel in the creative role.“We didn’t have a creative player today,” Okocha. “Mikel has been a good servant to the national team. His best position is playing in front of the defense. We saw what he did playing for Chelsea where he had a glorious career.“The most creative player in that team is Alex Iwobi but he was played on the flanks. He (Iwobi) can play on the flanks at Arsenal because they had better players in that role like Mesut Ozil.“The reason why we lost was that we played our best players out of their positions.“Playing Mikel in that position didn’t help Moses and Iwobi on the flanks.” More Topics:Austin OkochaFIFA world cupGernot Rohrsuper eagles Advertisement What Others Are Reading Super Eagles defender Stephen Eze stirs Lokomotiv Plodiv To First Win Ogenyi Onazi Reiterates ‘Commitment To Playing’ For Nigeria Yakubu Ayegbeni Buys Wife Range Rover SUV [PHOTOS] Nwankwo Kanu’s visit to LASUTH gets patients crazy Victor Osimhen Nets 8th League Goal For Sporting Charleroi Mikel Agu Scores first goal for Setubal in their 3-1 Loss Advertisement LatestPopularVideos Leagues and Cups8 hours agoSuper Eagles defender Stephen Eze stirs Lokomotiv Plodiv To First Win News9 hours agoMourinho Claims Manchester United’s Problem Started With David Moyes Premier League9 hours ago“Sell Iwobi to Ipswich” – frustrated Arsenal fans react to 3-2 loss News11 hours agoOgenyi Onazi Reiterates ‘Commitment To Playing’ For Nigeria Leagues and Cups11 hours agoLaLiga 2: Uzoho Helps Elche To their First Win In Seven Games Premier League19 hours agoLiverpool vs Manchester United: Salah Threatens Mourinho News11 hours agoOgenyi Onazi Reiterates ‘Commitment To Playing’ For Nigeria News19 hours agoYakubu Ayegbeni Buys Wife Range Rover SUV [PHOTOS] Leagues and Cups11 hours agoLaLiga 2: Uzoho Helps Elche To their First Win In Seven Games Premier League13 hours agoSouthampton End Arsenal’s Unbeaten Run Ends With 3-2 Loss Premier League13 hours agoSouthampton End Arsenal’s Unbeaten Run Ends With 3-2 Loss News2 days agoModric Slams Ronaldo And Messi for snubbing Ballon D’Or 2018 Ceremony News2 days agoSalah Wins BBC African Footballer Of The Year Award Again Women's World Cup2 days agoFrance Women’s World Cup: NFF Secure Austria Camp For Falcons Leagues and Cups3 days agoAfrica U-20 Cup of Nations: Flying Eagles Drawn Against South Africa Advertisement My Tweets Want to Buy Cheap Data Bundle, Buy Cheap Airtime, Send Bulk SMS, Pay Cable TV Subscription, Transfer Money, Print Recharge PIN, or Convert Airtime To Data? >> >> CLICK HERE to get started!