Rohr full of praise for Nigeria despite defeat in CHAN final
Nigeria's full national manager Gernot Rohr has praised the Super Eagles B side's performance despite a 4-0 defeat by hosts Morocco in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) final.
Rohr's assistant Salisu Yusuf led the West African country to their best-ever finish at the tournament for locally-based players on Sunday.
Rohr, who closely followed the performance from the stands as he looks to finalise his squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, refused to fault the negative outcome of the final.
"Personally, I think there were lots of positives out there, far more than what people expected from the team," Rohr told BBC Sport in Casablanca.
"For the group it is good for them at this level, the players can also be proud of what they have done here in Morocco."
Nigeria finished third in 2014 and were knocked out of the last tournament in Rwanda at the group stage so Rohr believes the result in Morocco is huge progress.
"You don't define the overall performance based with the final result, they reached this stage against all odds and deserve nothing but our praise and support," said Rohr.
Critics had roundly criticised the team performance and most notably, coach Yusuf's selections in the build up to the final, but Rohr wants to shift focus to the positives.
"I've been really impressed and see this as big progress for us," he added.
"When everyone looks back, they will be satisfied with the exposure, results, and the incredible performance of the team."