Former Super Eagles captain, Austin Jay Jay Okocha has blamed the Eagles’ lack of creativity, coupled with their not too impressive passage of play as the main reason for their 2-0 loss to Croatia, insisting the coaches must take responsibility for the loss, AOIFootball.com reports.
Okocha, who is a guest analyst on SuperSports, further highlighted the need for a role clarity in the squad, whilst calling for Rohr to stamp his authority more on the squad and assign more freedom to certain players who have the ability to create in the middle of the park.
“It was a decent first half but maturity was the edge the Croatian team had over the Nigerian team. We didn’t get the best out of Alex Iwobi and Victor Moses because the manager was trying to accommodate Mikel Obi in the team.
“We didn’t have a creative player today; Mikel has been a good servant to the national team. His best position is playing in front of the defence. 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 because we played our best players out of their positions” Okocha said.
The former Bolton captain, however, urged the team to quickly learn from their mistakes and build on it ahead of their second group game against Iceland on Friday.
“Sadly, we have lost today but we can’t give up now, I believe he can work on the lapses he saw here and come back stronger against Iceland,” Okocha concluded.