Super Eagles of Nigeria manager, Gernot Rohr has disclosed that his decision to make late substitutions was to ensure he does not make mistakes and gives sufficient time for the players in the starting XI to make an impact, Concise News reports.
The German tactician has often been criticised by a section of Nigerian football fans who feel he is not so smart at making the right substitutions at the appropriate time.
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Now, Rohr, 66 explains: “I always try to give the starting XI enough time to express themselves.”
He was speaking to newsmen on Tuesday at the presser for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2021 Qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho.
“I also have to be very sure that the player I want to take off has done all he can during his time on the field of play.”
Benin Coach respects Super Eagles’ squad depth
Meanwhile, Benin Republic Head Coach, Michel Dussuyer acknowledges the qualities and depth in the squad of Nigeria, but remains “optimistic”.
The Benin ‘Squirrels’ confront the Super Eagles today in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, and Dussuyer is well aware of the scope of the task facing his men.
According to him, Benin will not be devoured.
“We know Nigeria is a great African team, third in the last CAN (Africa Cup of Nations).
“They have a large squad with players who play at the highest level. We know the gaps in potential.
“We’re here to defend our chances on the field.
“We already have some experience of playing against the big teams. We’re going to play a game with ambitions,” Dussuyer vows.