Nigeria’s Sports Minister Solomon Dalung has said that the inability of Nigeria’s technical crew to make necessary changes that could have helped the Super Eagles hang on for a draw against Argentina on Tuesday night cost the team a spot in the knockout rounds of the World Cup.
The Super Eagles were beaten 2-1 by a spirited Argentine side, who would have crashed out of the competition had the game ended in a draw.
Even though the referee ruled out a clear chance for a second penalty award against La Albiceleste, and substitute Odion Ighalo missed a few scoring opportunities, Dalung insisted that the Eagles could have seen out the match without losing.
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“We lost the match due to the poor technical judgment which failed to inject necessary changes to compliment (sic) the effort of the team that was under last-minute pressure,” Dalung tweeted in reply to a post by a licensed FIFA players’ agent Onugbu Andy Okwuise.
Just like Dalung, Onugbu held the Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr responsible for the loss.
“The players gave a very good account of themselves yesterday but one would’ve expected the coach to make a tactical change at that 86th minutes when that free kick was awarded against Nigeria,” Onugbu said. “He would have introduced a defensive back up.”