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Nigeria won the AFCON in 2013/Brila FM

A former Super Eagles gaffer Clemens Westerhoff has blamed changes to the team for the 2-0 loss to Madagascar at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019.

Nigeria, in Group B, lost the leadership to debutants Madagascar on Sunday with coach Gernot Rohr making a massive change to the side that defeated Guinea in the second game. 

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While reacting to the loss, Westerhoff who led the West Africans to their second continental crown, 1994, lambasted Rohr for his tactical approach to the match.

He explained that changes to the team and the coach’s tactics made the Nigerians vulnerable.

“The tactics was wrong, the changes were many from the players that played against Burundi and Guinea,” Westerhof told Brila FM.

“Yes, maybe they didn’t give Madagascar any chance (underrated Madagascar)“.

“It’s difficult to believe Super Eagles lost to a Madagascar team I can’t find (in the map).” Westerhof opined.

He described the defeat as shameful, noting that he was surprised by the outcome of the match.

“Who is Madagascar? Where are they in Africa and the World? Who are their players and where do they play?” he asked.

“I’m surprised, its a shame for the Super Eagles, with big and experienced players.”

Nigeria will now play the runners-up in Group F (Cameroon, Ghana, Benin, Guinea-Bissau) in the round of 16 at Egypt 2019.