Former Flying Eagles and Golden Eaglets’ coach John Sam Obuh has reacted to the Super Eagles crucial win over the Chipolopolo of Zambia in Ndola.
English Premier League duo of Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho scored in the first half to condemn Zambia to their first ever loss at the Levy Mwanawasa stadium, as Mbesuma’s lone strike was not enough to earn the hosts a point, as it ended 2 – 1 in favour of the West Africans.
In his reaction, Obuh stated that the victory is the tonic Nigeria needs, adding that he likes the method Coach Gernot Rohr has adopted.
“I am very happy with the victory. I like the guts of the coach about some certain decisions in the match. At least it will make some certain players who were on the bench to sit up. I like the changes he made.
“Though there were some little mistakes from the defense which is normal, but what matters was that we were able to convert two of the few chances we had,”
Nigeria will host the Desert Foxes of Algeria at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium on Saturday, November 12, 2016, but Obuh quickly warned that the fixture will be an entirely different ball game.
“We need to consider the fact that Algeria is going to be a tougher side, but I am sure as the Super Eagles have started well like this, they will do very well.
“All the team needs to do now is go back to the drawing board and look at how they can play in front of the home fans because that would be another pressure. “They need to work more in all departments, I think the goalkeeper has done well, although no one is above mistakes.
There were lots of movements in the team, but the little mistakes are all correctable,” he concluded. Nigeria’s win over Zambia puts the team on top of CAF qualifying Group B ahead of Algeria who host Cameroon as they begin their campaign.
Only one team from the group will qualify for the tournament proper in Russia. This is Nigeria’s first win over Zambia since April 1994, when they defeated the Chipolopolo in the final to win the AFCON tournament in Tunisia.