Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has said that his team’s loss to Madagascar in the group stage helped them “to be more humble” and is perhaps the reason they are still in the race for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Concise News reports that Nigeria were beaten 2-0 by the Barea at Alexandria Stadium in their last Group B encounter.
The West Africans will next confront Algeria in the semi-finals on Sunday in Cairo, and the Franco-German notes that the defeat to Madagascar deflected pressure from the Super Eagles.
“The loss to Madagascar was our joker,” Rohr told the media.
“We could lose it because we had already qualified for the next round.
“We wanted to allow others in the team to play as well.
“We can forget about the defeat to Madagascar now because we are through to the semi-final. Even the defeat helped us to be more humble and sometimes it is good also.”
The three-time African champions have beaten Cameroon and South Africa after the defeat to the Barea and they are only two matches away from lifting the trophy.
Meanwhile, Rohr has revealed three injury doubt for the last four.
They are Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa and Chidozie Awaziem.
He told SportingLife: “Odion Ighalo has a calf injury, Ahmed Musa has adductor while Chidozie Awaziem is struggling with his ankle.
“But the team doctor has assured me that the said players will be ready and fit to play in the semi-finals.”