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Onazi Speaks On Poor Performance Against England, Blames Gernot Rohr


Super Eagles midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi has opened up on his poor performance during Nigeria’s 2-1 loss to England on Saturday evening.

Onazi was substituted at half-time of the game.

The Turkey-based midfielder also blamed the formation deployed by coach, Gernot Rohr’s for the defeat.

Onazi told ESPN, ”Yesterday ((Saturday) was really a disappointing game for us in the first half, even for me as well because there were a lot of factors which happened yesterday.

”Notwithstanding, this is part of life, this is part of football. You just need to learn from your mistakes and then you move ahead.

”Thank God it is a preparation and when we get to the World Cup proper these things will get better. It didn’t go out well for me yesterday, it was not a good game, it was not me in the game but I have to get better.

”The problem we had yesterday was the formation and it was not going really right because I did a lot of running in the pitch and we are always one man extra in the defensive part of the game.

”The second half was much better because we played the same pattern with them, everybody was with his man.

”By the special grace of God, we have a lot of things to do, of course we have a lot to put in place in training.

”We have never had time to train really well, to really train about our system of play and all that because we have just one system of play. Now we are trying to play other systems, I think it is going to get better.

”Some people cannot be running for the team and some people are just standing, looking and it’s not going to work like that because the other team they are running, everybody is running.

”One man less is a huge difference for a team, so everybody has to do this.”

Onazi was, however, included in Nigeria’s final 23-man squad announced on Sunday.

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