Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr has admitted his team were second best all through the 90 minutes as they fell 2-0 to a more determined and robust Madagascar on Sunday, AOIFootball.com reports.
Goals from Lalaina and Carolus Andria in either side of the half ensured Nigeria lost an Africa Cup of Nations match by two goals for the first time since 1982.
Speaking after the game, the Franco-German stated that his boys misplaced a whole lot of passes and would however move on and ensure they get ready for the knockout stages.
“Madagascar were the better team but the first goal was a wonderful gift to them. We misplaced simple passes and were poor, perhaps because subconsciously we already were thinking about the next round. We have to do better in our next game.
“I wanted to see other players which was why I made five changes and that was perhaps why we were dominated by Madagascar. We have to work hard for the next match because that is more important,” Rohr stated.
He also praised the Madagascans for their tenacious approach whilst backing them as contenders for the greatest Africa football prize.