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Rohr blames fatigue for Nigeria's loss against England

Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr has blamed Nigeria's 2-1 defeat to England on Saturday due to flight fatigue and the inability for the players to train on Friday as a result of bad weather.

03/06/2018

/ by Augustine Akhilomen
Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr has blamed Nigeria's 2-1 defeat to England on Saturday due to flight fatigue and the inability for the players to train on Friday as a result of bad weather.

Goals from Gary Cahill and Harry Kane gave England a comfortable lead in the first half before Alex Iwobi reduced the deficit in the second half.

"The first lesson is we are not ready yet. We have to work much more in the two weeks before our first game," the German said.

"We missed totally the first half but the preparation wasn't good.

"We couldn't train on Friday because of rain, the pitch wasn't good. We arrived after a 10-hour flight, with many stops.

"In the first half, our usual formation didn't work. Some of our players weren't fit and England put the pressure on us.

"This bad beginning was an opportunity to change and play a bit more like England in the second half. It was much better.

"Also we changed four players. Unfortunately, we can't change four players if there is a problem in the World Cup."
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