Nigeria’s head coach, Gernot Rohr, has revealed that Paul Ebere Onuachu’s goal that came very early against Egypt was planned, while also saying the team is 70% ready for the 2019 AFCON.
The German coach reflected on the 1-0 win over Egypt in Tuesday’s international friendly, first commenting on Onuachu’s sixth-second goal.
“We decided to make a fast start. It was a planned goal from the kickoff,” Rohr said to The Nation.
“We have a tall striker from Denmark [Onuachu], he did very well but he has to improve still. We made five changes with two local players making their debut. It will be good for them and their career.
The 65-year-old feels that the Super Eagles are not yet 100% ready for June’s tournament.
“All the time we must improve but let us enjoy this wonderful moment. We scored a wonderful goal. Tomorrow, we will analyse this game and go back to work on the team we have to make them better. I think the team is 70% ready but I like the number 69.
Despite his calm nature, Rohr said beating the Pharaohs did leave feeling much pleasure.
“The match was a great match for us and when you play a great team like Egypt, which for me is one of the favourites for the AFCON and win, it feels good. What was interesting for me also in Asaba was that we had three wonderful victories. First, we beat Seychelles, the U-23 team also trounced Libya and now we beat Egypt. So it was a good week for us,” Rohr concluded.