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Rohr promises improvement after Ukraine draw



Young Super Eagles team will get better – Aghahowa

AFTER seeing his side relinquish a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with the Ukrainian national team on Tuesday at the Dnipro Arena in an international friendly, Gernot Rohr admits there is room for improvement.

New invitee, Joseph Aribo had put the Super Eagles ahead early in the first-half after some beautiful tricks from Samuel Kalu on the left side of the attack.

The Super Eagles made it 2-0 after Samuel Kalu was tripped in the box. The Eagles were awarded a penalty and Victor Osimhen tucked it away for his first goal for Nigeria at the senior level.

Ukraine fought back in the second half with Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko a constant threat in the Nigerian defence making his creativity count with a goal to his name.

Andriy Shevchenko’s side made it 2-2 almost immediately after a slip up by the Nigerian midfield as the two nations settled for a draw in their very first meeting at senior level.

Rohr described the performance as satisfactory stressing that the flow of the game is better than Nigeria’s outing at the nations cup and promised subsequent improvement.

Meanwhile Amunike  stressed out that Rohr needs to focus on developing home based players.

“We must be in a position to continue to see how we can develop our players, developing the players shouldn’t be only the foreign based, even the home based, the players in our league here. We must give them a sense of belonging we must let them realize that they are part of the project, because it’s a project.

“Friendly games are meant to test the players; they are meant to invite a lot of players, you can decide not to bring in your regular players. Give them the opportunity, let them come and play, from there you can continue to build.”

However former Super Eagles striker, Julius Aghahowa has called for caution and patience with the current team following the 2-2 draw against Ukraine on Tuesday.

“We should let them progress gradually, so that they can have a strong appearance when they get fully into the senior national team and hopefully with this crop of players will get better,” the former FC Shakhtar Donetsk player told

“You can see some players are been selfish a bit because they want to do something special or something extra-ordinary to stamp their place in the team.

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