SCORENigeria can exclusively reveal that coach Gernot Rohr lashed out at the Super Eagles for being “too timid” and not standing up to the physicality of the Senegalese after they played out a 1-1 draw Thursday night.
Veteran striker Moussa Sow put Senegal in front early in the second half, before Kelechi Iheanacho restored parity for Nigeria from the penalty spot in the closing stages of this contest.
But Nigeria lost Ogenyi Onazi and Ahmed Musa to injuries during this West African derby at the Hive Stadium in London, which both teams used to prepare for crucial AFCON and World Cup qualifiers later this year.
The physical Teranga Lions of Senegal were carefully picked by Nigeria as part of the Eagles build-up for a World Cup double header against an equally robust-playing Cameroon from August.
Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi admitted the physicality of Senegal after the friendly, before
Rohr tore into his players in the dressing room for dishing out as much as they got from their opponents on the night.
“The coach blasted the boys in the dressing room after the match for being too timid. He wanted them to fight more,” a top source told only SCORENigeria
“The players don’t know how physical it could get, especially the new boys.
“But the great thing is that this was a good preparation for Cameroon.
“It was the classic baptism of fire.”
The Super Eagles will Monday night battle Burkina Faso, another West African side who also do not play it soft.