NFF president Amaju Pinnick has revealed that coach Gernot Rohr predicted to him the Super Eagles will beat Argentina in last month’s friendly because he will play a new tactic against the two-time world champions.
Rohr jettisioned his favoured formation of 4-3-2-1, which he used to great effect in the World Cup qualifiers, to go with a new 3-5-2 formation against Argentina in Krasnodar.
The Eagles fought back from 2-0 down to win 4-2.
Pinnick recounted to Cable News Network (CNN): “Nobody gave us a chance (vs Argentina in Krasnodar three weeks ago).
“But a day to the game, the coach came to me and told me we will apply a different tactics and that will make the difference.
“If you know it will work, let’s go.”
Both countries have been drawn for the fifth time at next year’s World Cup in Russia.
The NFF boss again praised Rohr.
“We have a coach who has the mentality of a winner, and he has imbibed the players with the same attitude,” he said on the CNN programme
“We can do very well at the World Cup in Russia.
“I am very delighted that we have a team for tomorrow; a team for the next (2022) World Cup finals.”