VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 22: Gernot Rohr, Manager of Nigeria looks on 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)




Despite a 1-0 loss to the Teranga Lions of Senegal in warm-up friendly in Ismailia on Sunday night, Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr has said there were lots of positives for his team as they prepare for the Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday, reports.


Having said he would switch tactics and formation for the encounter, the Franco-German went with what looked like a 3-4-3 formation in the first half with Jamilu Collins and William Troost-Ekong flagging Kenneth Omeruo in the heart of a three-man back line.


There was also another start for impressive young Samuel Chukwueze who featured upfront alongside Alex Iwobi whilst forward Odion Ighalo made a return after missing the game against Zimbabwe in Asaba.


Rohr, who remains committed to ensuring he presents the best lineup when the Eagles file out in their opening match in Alexandria, expressed satisfaction with his team’s performance, especially as he was able to switch tactics on different occasions during the friendly encounter.


Everton midfielder, Idriss Gueye scored the game’s only goal in the 30th minute but the Eagles missed chances to draw level as winger Samuel Chukwueze was denied by a last-ditch goal-line clearance with substitute Oghenekahro Etebo also rattling the bar with a well-taken free-kick.


The defeat ends a run of eight consecutive games unbeaten for Nigeria, as the team last tasted defeat in St. Petersburg 12 months against Argentina at the World Cup.