Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi has said poor officiating cost them a loss against Argentina at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Nigeria lost 2-1 to Argentina in the Group D World Cup clash, having had a penalty appeal turned down when the game was tied at 1-1.
The loss meant that the West Africans did not make it past the group stage of the competition.
While recalling what happened in the encounter, the former Chelsea man said the team could have beaten the South Americans if Turkish referee Cüneyt Cakir award the Eagles a spot-kick after a handball by Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo.
“When we played against Argentina, we did a good job until the 86th minute, but we still lost,” the Tianjin Teda man told China Central Television.
“At this time I have to look for strength from other places. This is a very difficult time. I am very upset on the pitch, but I have to find the motivation.’’
He added that “Until today, I still think that we could have won that game if we got the penalty. I think the referee was unfair. We could have won the game, but the game is over.
“Argentina is great. Messi is also the best player in the world, but I hope we can beat Argentina next time.’’