Super Eagles head Coach, Gernot Rohr says that the “very good spirit” of the Nigeria national team was vital in Sunday’s 2-1 2018 World Cup qualifying win over Zambia in Ndola.
Goals from Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho helped the Super Eagles win the game 2-1 at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium to get their World Cup qualifying campaign off to an ideal start.
Rohr, who praised the battling qualities displayed by his side on Sunday, admitted that the Chipolopolo were the better side in the second half.
“The result is a reflection of what happened in the match. What happened in the first half was what we expected. We played well and we scored.
“In the second half Zambia was the better team. They pushed and pushed and they almost made it 2-2, but the spirit of our team was very good, so we managed to defend until the end,” Rohr said at the joint post-match conference, which was also attended by Zambian Coach, Wedson Nyindera.
Nyindera praised the fans for their support while also stressing that he is still trying to build a team.
“We are rebuilding the team and at the same time expecting to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.
“We have brought new players to the team and I think they blended well with the old players.
“But most of all I am happy with the response we got from our fans.
“After conceding those two goals they continued to support us.
“That means that we have real Chipolopolo supporters. They went on until the last minute.
“Even when we missed those chances they kept on chanting for us.
“But football being what it is, the result today went the other way.
“I would like to assure our fans that we will compensate this loss in upcoming matches and give them what they deserve,” he said.
Nigeria currently tops group B of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying with rivals Algeria and Cameroon drawing 1-1 in Blida in the section’s second game.