They gave their best, but it was not good enough – Okocha reacts to Argentina Loss
The former Super Eagles captain said that the Nigerian players gave their best, but admitted their best was not enough on the night.
According to Okocha, inexperience in the Nigerian team was pivotal to the team lost to the La Albiceleste.
Gernot Rohr boys were on the verge of booking a place in the next round of the World Cup, after Moses had cancelled out from the spot Messi’s first half opener, but an 87th close range finish from an unmarked Marcus Rojo dashed all hopes of such dream.
Okocha, who represented Nigeria at the 1994, 1998 and 2002 World Cup said that the Nigerian players never capitalised on their chances – saying the La Albiceleste deserved their place in the next round of the competition.
“If you want to be harsh on the Nigeria team, is that we didn’t capitalise,” Okocha as quoted by Goal. “We didn’t keep two or three players up there to hurt them. We were limited in terms of experience.
“Credit to Argentina, they threw the kitchen sink at it, and they deserved to win.”
On the second goal Nigeria conceded on the night, the former Bolton Wanderers man added, “Poor defending there. We should have recognised to come in a good position at the time the cross came in.
“Moses acted late there. I can’t fault the effort of the players, they gave their all, but at the end of the day, it was not good enough.”
On the VAR call not to award Nigeria a second penalty, as Rojo was seen on replay to have headed a Musa’s cross to his arm, Okocha rather put off the blame from the VAR call – saying Ighalo should have converted the resulting effort.
He said further, “Ighalo should’ve scored or he should’ve at least worked the keeper.”