Rohr Makes Stunning Statement on Super Eagles Campaign at 2021 AFCON, Names 1 Player Who Impressed him

Rohr Makes Stunning Statement on Super Eagles Campaign at 2021 AFCON, Names 1 Player Who Impressed him

Ibitoye Shittu
January 29, 2022 at 10:32 PM
  • Super Eagles of Nigeria crashed out at the ongoing African Cup of Nations in Cameroon after losing to Tunisia
  • Striker Taiwo Awoniyi was unable to impress in the knockout stage against the Tunisians and was later substituted
  • Former coach Gernot Rohr had now defended the Union Berlin striker claiming that he was impressive

Gernot Rohr has explained that he was impressed with Taiwo Awoniyi's performances at the 2021 African Cup of Nations even though the striker only scored a goal at the tournament.

The German who was dismissed days to the start of the 2021 AFCON by the Nigerian Football Federation claimed that lack of coordination made Taiwo Awoniyi not to shine.

Following the injury Victor Osimhen suffered coupled with the fact that Odion Ighalo was not released, luck to be Super Eagles' front-man at AFCON 2021 fell on Taiwo Awoniyi.

Taiwo Awoniyi
Taiwo Awoniyi in action for Super Eagles at AFCON against Egypt. Photo by DANIEL BELOUMOU OLOMO
Source: Getty Images

The former Liverpool player started against Egypt and Sudan before being rested against Guinea-Bissau as he also started in the knockout against Tunisia.

According to the report on Complete Sports, Gernot Rohr made it clear that the Tunisian team were weak and Super Eagles should have defeated them.

Gernot Rohr's statement about Taiwo Awoniyi

“Nigeria was disappointing losing to a weakened Tunisia in the Round of 16 came as a surprise. Although Taiwo Awoniyi from Union Berlin played a very good tournament.
“You could see his potential, but there was still a lack of coordination with the team – he hasn’t been there very long.''

Where is Taiwo Awoniyi playing?

Taiwo Awoniyi is currently playing for German side Union Berlin having made permanent move from Liverpool and has played 17 games so far this term netting nine goals.

President Buhari Is not to blame for Super Eagles AFCON exit, says ex-international

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how former Nigeria striker Benedict Akwuegbu has cautioned football fans in the country to desist from blaming President Muhammadu Buhari for the early exit of the Super Eagles at the AFCON.

The three-time African champions were knocked by Tunisia in the Round of 16 after being tipped as one of the favourites for the competition due to an impressive display in the group stages.

The Super Eagles had won all three group stage games against Egypt, Sudan and Guinea-Bissau heading into the second round when they were stunned by a 47th minute Youssef Msakni stunner to send them packing.

Nigerians would react angrily at the defeat with many putting the blame on the President who had earlier in the day called the team to wish them well ahead of the clash with Tunisia.

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