Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has hailed his players for coming from a goal down to beat Benin 2-1 in Wednesday's 2021 AFCON qualifier.
The game played at the Godswill Akpabio stadium saw Victor Osimhen cancel Stephane Sessegnon opener before Samuel Kalu sealed victory for the Super Eagles.
Rohr is happy with the victory as the Super Eagles began their qualifying journey on a winning note.
“We are happy about this victory, we knew before the match that it would be very difficult because Benin has one of the best organisation defensively,” Rohr told a post-match conference after the game in Uyo.
“They (Benin) have a good team and unfortunately, we conceded an early goal which was a shock for us and we had to recover from this and with our attitude, we had to make them tire out to get the result.
“The players showed great reaction coming from a goal down in front of a half-full stadium to win.
“We had opportunities at scoring more goals against Benin but they were too defensive.
“Now have a new style of playing – which involves a lot of movement, quick passing, and one touch. We could have scored a third goal but I’m happy with the performance of my team considering that you came from a goal down to win 2-1.
With the victory, the Eagles now lead Group L with three points after Lesotho and Sierra Leone played out a 1-1 draw in Freetown.