Super Eagles coach defends Mikel Agu despite a below par performance

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Gernot Rohr has refused to condemn Mikel Agu after the player’s not to impressive performance after replacing an injured Ogenyi Onazi in the Super Eagles 1-0 victory over Zambia.

Rohr was however pleased with the contribution of Hull City defender Ola Aina, who made his Nigeria debut as a second-half substitute on Saturday.

The Bursaspor midfielder came on for the injured Ogenyi Onazi midway through the first half and put up a nervy performance full of poor touches and misplaced passes that put his teammates, particularly Wilfred Ndidi under unnecessary pressure.

However, Gernot Rohr preferred to focus on the ‘positives’ from the 21-year old’s performance.

“It’s not easy to come into such an important game for a young player,” Rohr said in Uyo. “Agu did his best and he’ll learn from the experience. This is not the time to criticise him; we should encourage him.

“He had a difficult game but he will learn.”

Unlike Agu, Aina had an impressive game after replacing the injured left-back Elderson Echiejile.

“Aina did very well and I’m happy for him,” Rohr praised the young defender who is on loan at Hull City from Chelsea.

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