Former Super Eagles coach Jo Bonfrere has spoken on why Nigeria did not return from the continental games with the trophy.
The Eagles lost to the eventual champions Algeria in the semifinal but went on to defeat Tunisia to pick up the bronze medal.
Out of the 23-man squad Gernot Rohr selected for the tournament, 20 were debuting for the Eagles at the AFCON while 18 of them were either 25 years old or younger.
Bonfere, who guided Nigeria’s Dream Team to an unbelievable gold medal triumph at the Atlanta 96 Olympic Games, believes the Super Eagles could have performed better.
The Dutchman is however optimistic that the future is brighter with the current crop of players in the team.
“They lacked tactics and cohesion at the Nations Cup. They were not creating the scoring chances expected, but the players are young, they are good individually and if well managed, yes, they can do it (in future),” the veteran coach said.
“Nigeria has plenty of talents. They are young and they can play together more. Yes, it will be a good team in the future”.
Jo Bonfrere, who also won the Africa Cup of Nations silver medal with the Super Eagles in 2000, was quick to admit that Algeria deserved to win the AFCON 2019 title.
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“The final was great, Senegal was good but, yes, Algeria played more tactics. They are the worthy champions of Africa.”
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