Amkar Perm defender Brian Idowu has stated that the elimination of the Super Eagles from the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia can not be attributed to Coach Gernot Rohr’s tactical resolution.
Idowu, who started all three of Nigeria’s games at the World Cup as they finished third with three points in the group, says the German coach is not to be blamed for the painful 2-1 defeat to Argentina in the group showdown at Saint Petersburg.
The Eagles lost the encounter 2-1 with Manchester United’s Marcos Rojo netting the winner late in the game after Victor Moses had cancelled out Lionel Messi’s first half strike via a spot kick.
“Our failure to qualify for the next round was not as a result of poor tactics ,” Idowu told The Punch.
“The coach is good; he did his best for us to win the match but we made some mistakes in the dying minutes when we could have left the pitch with a draw.
“It’ s painful but it’s no shame losing to Argentina because they are a big team , but we could have beaten them here .”
With the Eagles focus now shifted to their AFCON 2019 qualifying campaign, the Russian-born full-back noted that the experience garnered at the World Cup will help him – and the the team in general – not only secure qualification but also hit the heights at the continental competition.
“The experience I have gathered playing in the World Cup will help me in my career.I have learnt a lot just like my colleagues.
“We have put the World Cup disappointment behind us and focused on qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations.
“ I will play in the remaining qualifying matches and in the tournament if the coach invites me.