Gernot Rohr, Nigeria Head Coach
Gernot Rohr, Nigeria Head Coach

Super Eagle’s coach, Gernot Rohr says he believes Nigeria will be stronger for their experience at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations after his side suffered a painful defeat to Algeria in the semi-finals.

Coach Rohr said the loss was “tough to digest” for his players but stressed the current crop of Super Eagles had the potential to become “very good” given time.

Nigeria looked to be heading into extra time against a team that required penalties to overcome Ivory Coast just three days earlier, but Riyad Mahrez won the game for Algeria in the 95th minute with a magnificent free-kick.

Nigeria will meet Tunisia on Wednesday in the third-place play-off at Al Salam Stadium, which could see the likes of youngsters Henry Onyekuru, Samuel Kalu and Victor Osimhen gave a chance after limited minutes in Egypt.

Rohr praised the resilience shown by his side throughout the tournament, as they responded to a shock loss to Madagascar by toppling defending champions Cameroon and beating South Africa before coming from behind against Algeria.