Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr has expressed satisfaction over Nigeria’s third place finish at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Egypt, adding that he was very positive about the future.
Odion Ighalo’s early goal in the third minute gave Nigeria a 1-0 win over Tunisia in their third-place playoff on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old forward, who is the tournament’s top scorer with five goals, was gifted an easy tap-in following a Tunisian defensive mix-up at the Al Salam Stadium.
This was after Jamilu Collins’ cross from the left was poorly parried by goalkeeper Moez Ben Cherifa against the legs of defender Yassine Meriah.
Nigeria, who dominated the game, have won the bronze medal at eight different Cup of Nations tournaments.
Rohr told newsmen during a post match conference that,
“We are satisfied with the third place. We managed to beat Africa’s second best team.
“It was hard, so we are good with it.
“I told the players that winning a small final was better than losing a big one.
“I am very positive about the future,”
On his part, Coach Alain Giresse of Tunisia said that he was proud of what his team achieved at this year’s AFCON, adding that Tunisia had lots of hope for the next AFCON and World Cup.
“At the beginning of the tournament, we didn’t do well. But after that our performance evolved.
“Tunisia have been waiting for a semifinal since 2004, and here we are in a 24-team tournament.
“We have lots of hope for the next AFCON and for the World Cup,”
Algeria will play Senegal in the Cup of Nations final in Cairo on Friday.