Despite scaling the hurdle of South Africa in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) quarter final, Super Eagles of Nigeria head coach has given his thoughts on the VAR decision that resulted in the leveller.
The three-time African champions sealed their place in the semi final following a 2-1 win over Bafana Bafana at the Cairo International Stadium on Wednesday night.
Man of the match Samuel Chukwueze opened the scoring after 27 minutes when he linked with Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi to score at the second attempt.
Bongani Zungu levelled with 20 minutes remaining when he nodded in from a free-kick and it was given after a VAR check showed the ball came off Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo before it fell to an initially offside Zungu.
But Nigeria won it with a minute left when goalkeeper Ronwen Williams missed his punch from Moses Simon’s corner to allow Troost-Ekong to bundle in the winner.
“For five minutes we had to wait, goal or no goal, and that was hard for my team. 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.
The former Niger boss praised the mentality and character shown by his wards in Cairo.
“Now we are mentally strong and we were able to come back. The attitude of my players was wonderful, such a good relationship with everyone.”
The Super Eagles will play Ivory Coast or Algeria in the semi-finals in Cairo on Sunday