Fans have faulted Super Eagles’ coach, Gernot Rohr, for starting Odion Ighalo, in a decisive World Cup qualifiers encounter against Cape Verde at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos on Tuesday.
Rohr benched Foxes star, Kelechi Iheanacho for 32-year-old Al Shabab striker who failed to make a mark on his first match since his return to the national team after a two-year hiatus.
Reacting to his performance, fans on social media blamed the coach for inviting him back to the team and also starting him ahead of younger strikers in such a decisive encounter.
“Osimhen overworked himself today only for Ighalo to walk around the pitch aimlessly. I think Rohr is clueless, how on earth is one of Chidera Ejuke and Samuel Chukwueze not starting a match,” @Pelum_00 tweeted.
@New_Dspensation wrote, “Ighalo doesn’t deserve to be in that team, and it might cost Nigeria the World Cup.”
@xOluwaseyi added, “Why did Ighalo play 77 mins while Iheanacho was on the bench? Why did they even call him back.”
“Ighalo shouldn’t have started the game and allow those small boys run Cape Verde and come in later. He keeps missing our sitters,” Tossyn Elliot tweeted.
Super Eagles are through to the Playoff Round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers after they were forced to a 1-1 draw by Blue Sharks of Cape Verde.