SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JUNE 26: Bryan Idowu of Nigeria tackles Gonzalo Higuain of Argentina during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Argentina at Saint Petersburg Stadium on June 26, 2018 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Jamie Squire - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
In St. Petersburg, Russia
Super Eagles’ Head Coach, Gernot Rohr has defended his decision to stick with a more defensive Bryan Idowu ahead of the attack-minded Tyrone Ebuehi, insisting the former gave a good account of himself despite the Eagles’ painful 2-1   loss to Argentina in St. Petersburg late Tuesday night, reports.
Speaking at the post-match conference,   Rohr was quick to point out that both players were very solid in both positions but he needed to play a more cautious approach which prompted him to go with Idowu, positing the player put up a very solid performance against Lionel Messi on the flanks.
“Idowu was very solid in the team. He’s much better defensively, he has the experience and did very well against Lionel Messi. Our second half was very good with Idowu and I think he can play confidently on both sides.
“Ebuehi, on the other hand, is a fantastic player offensively, he did very well against Iceland but he’s still very young and learning, so he will definitely improve defensively and become a very important player for the team,” Rohr concluded.
Nigeria failed to make it into the knockout round for the third time in six world cup outings after crashing out of the group stages at the 2002 and 2010 editions in Korea/Japan and South Africa.