Following some minutes delay to award Bongani Zungu’s goal, Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has slammed VAR for its inefficiency as his side booked a semi-final slot after edging out South Africa 2-1.
Nigeria broke the deadlock in the 27th minute when Samuel Chukwueze followed up his blocked shot to burry home the opener. Bongani Zungu headed in the ball to the far post from a free-kick to restore parity for South Africa but it proved meaningless as William Troost-Ekong bagged the winner in the 89th minute.
Speaking in a press conference after the win, Rohr criticized the VAR delay, "For five minutes we had to wait, goal or no goal, and that was hard for my team. The second goal did not go in for us and then you have seen this free kick, and this VAR decision — you never know what can happen with VAR on a free kick.
After coming from behind in the Round of 16 to beat Cameroon, the German gaffer praised his side's character, "Now we are mentally strong and we were able to come back. The attitude of my players was wonderful, such a good relationship with everyone."