VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: The Nigeria players pose for a team photo prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at Volgograd Arena on June 22, 2018 in Volgograd, Russia. (Photo by Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)


*Says he’s proud of the Super Eagles

Former Super Eagles’ captain Austin Jay Jay Okocha, has urged the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF to continue with the services of Coach Gernot Rohr even after an early World Cup exit, and that he’s extremely proud of the Eagles, reports.

The former BBC African Footballer of the Year, who is a guest analyst on Supersports, further questioned the decision of the centre referee who did not award Nigeria a second penalty in the second half despite replays showing that Marcos Rojo handled the ball in the 18-yard box.

“I’m disappointed at the manner at which we went out because it could have gone the other way round should the penalty had been awarded or maybe if Ighalo had taken his chances; but its football, the team that scores the most goals wins the match and the Argentines did that.

Jay Jay Okocha, was a former Super Eagles captain
Jay Jay Okocha, was a former Super Eagles captain

“But all in all I’m extremely proud of these boys and the manager. He has given us a platform to build on and I believe he should stick with the team and we (Nigerians) should encourage them because the future looks bright for us,” Okocha added.

Okocha further praised Argentina for putting up a spirited performance, saying it was only going to be an upset should Nigeria have beaten them in St. Petersburg.

“It was only going to be an upset beating Argentina but credit must be given to them for throwing everything they had into the game; they showed their experience and deservedly won the game,” Okocha concluded.

Goals from Lionel Messi and Marcos Rojo was all the Jorge Sampaoli’s side needed to seal second spot ahead of Nigeria in Group D who had equalized through a Victor Moses penalty, thus advancing to the Round of 16.