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Gernot Rohr: Super Eagles missed Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi against Central African Republic

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr was present at the first training session of selected Nigeria Professional Football League players in Abuja on Wednesday.

Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has blamed his side’s shocking defeat to the Wild Beasts of the Central African Republic on the absence of Wilfred Ndidi and Alex Iwobi.

The three-time African champions fell to a 1-0 defeat against Raoul Savoy’s men in their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying fixture at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on Thursday night.

Karl Namnganda scored the decisive goal in the 90th minute.

Ndidi and Iwobi missed the game as a result of injury and Rohr attributed his side’s shocking defeat to their absence.

“We missed the creativity of (Alex) Iwobi, we also missed Ndidi (Wilfred) so much,” Rohr said after the game.

“It was not easy for (Frank) Onyeka and first-timer (Taiwo) Awoniyi to come to this team.

“We have to recover, and we have to make some changes in the team.”

Rohr, who has been in charge of Nigeria since 2016, said the team are very disappointed by this shock defeat.

“The players are still disappointed in the dressing room and still can’t understand why we could lose this match,” he said.

“We dominated possession of the ball, we had several opportunities to score, but we did not score and very often in football, there was a counter and our opponents scored.”

The reverse fixture will take place at the Japoma Stadium, Douala on Sunday.

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