Former International, Felix Owolabi, has expressed displeasure over Coach Gernot Rohr’s decision to feature almost an entirely new squad in Friday’s tune up game against Algeria, saying the team played without direction.
The game was played in Klagenfurt, Austria,
The Desert Foxes fielded a strong side that included the team’s captain, Riyad Mahrez and a majority of the Algerian players that beat Nigeria 2-1 in the semi-final of the Total Africa Cup of Nation (AFCON) hosted by Egypt last year. However, despite some regular players missing on the Nigerian side, some of the regulars were seen on the bench based on the tactics of the Franco-German coach.
Speaking to The Guardian yesterday, Owolabi stated that it was unethical for a large chunk of newly invited players to appear for the Eagles in a game of that magnitude either friendly or competitive, adding that some of the debutants were overwhelmed by the tactics of the African Champions. (Guardian)