Nigeria’s Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr said the time used by Video Assistant Referee, VAR,to check Bongani Zungu’s goal during their 2-1 win over South Africa almost disorganized his men.
The VAR was introduced into AFCON for the first time for a significant intervention as it overruled a lineman’s decision to disallow Zungu’s goal for offside.
And The Super Eagle’s head coach while speaking said;
”For five minutes we had to wait, goal or no goal, and that was hard for my team,” the German told reporters.
”The second goal did not go in for us and then you have seen this free kick, and this VAR decision – you never know what can happen with VAR on a free kick.
”Now we are mentally strong and we were able to come back,” he said.
The German coach recalled when Nigeria were beaten 2-0 by South Africa in Uyo in a qualifier for the tournament two years ago.
”We had a young team but this team continued to work and this result perhaps helped us to beat in the next game Cameroon, who were African champions, 4-0 in the same stadium (in a World Cup qualifier), so we could learn from this match,” he added.