Setting a semi-final target for a country that had won the tournament three times and had been to the final-four stage a record number of times was nothing but a crude ‘joke’, according to former Super Eagles forward Daniel Amokachi.
Amokachi has finally opened up about Nigeria’s performance at the recently concluded AFCON, where the Super Eagles were knocked out at the semifinal stage by eventual winners Algeria, reports Soccernet.ng
Clearly unimpressed with the Super Eagles performance in Egypt, the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations winner has expressed his disappointment at the quality of coaching the national team had while questioning why anyone would set a semifinal target for the coaching crew.
“We got to the third place because of the character and determination of Nigerians not because of the quality of football that we played, and that’s just the truth of it, Daniel Amokachi told The Interview.
“I don’t know how true it is, but the coach said that he was given a semi-final target, for me as an ex-international and a Nigerian, that’s a big joke.
“For a country that already won the title three times, played in the final several times and also won the bronze for many times, I think it’s a joke that we are giving a coach a semi-final target, it shouldn’t be, but that’s the situation in which we found ourselves.
“We just have to keep hoping and praying to get the best; that’s what we are known for in Nigeria.
The ex-Everton attacker however refused to be drawn into the raging debate of whether the Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has done well with the team and should be sacked or retained.
“I don’t have anything to say about the coach. I only talk about the quality of football which tells a lot,” The Bull said.