Former Super Eagles player, Barnabas Imenger, has criticised current coach, Gernot Rohr’s decision to field a second-string side against Madagascar, in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group B encounter in Alexandria on Sunday.
The three-time champions had already booked a place in the Round of 16 before the fixture with the Barea, because of their consecutive victories over Burundi and Guinea.
They were however beaten 2-0 by the island nation, after Rohr made five changes for the match.
“It was wrong for our coach to change the team that beat Burundi and Guinea in the two earlier matches that we had played.
“We knew we were already through to the next round but playing with our best 11 would have allowed the players to understand themselves more before the second round game. What was his reasons for the obstruction to the squad that started against Guinea?
“We do not have any business losing this game and Rohr needs to be spoken to not to play with the emotion of Nigerians. We played against Nations Cup debutants and we played this poorly. This defeat will no doubt affect our players’ psychology ahead of their second-round game with Cameroon, Ghana or Benin Republic,” Imenger told Goal.