Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has slammed Alex Iwobi’s performance in the Super Eagles’ 2-0 defeat to a disciplined Serbia in a pre-World Cup preparatory affair in London on Tuesday.
He criticised the Arsenal forward for showboating in the encounter.
Three-time African champions Nigeria, who defeated Poland 1-0 in a friendly in Wroclaw on Friday, were punished for their defensive mistakes by Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who scored the two second-half goals for his Russia 2018 World Cup-bound side.
The Eagles take on Congo in Abuja or Uyo on May 28, travel to London to face England at Wembley on June 2 and Czech Republic on June 6 before the World Cup kicks off on June 14.
Iwobi’s goal-bound volley was blocked by veteran defender Aleksandar Kolarov, who swapped Manchester City for Roma last year.
The 21-year-old’s showmanship slowed down Nigeria’s attack after dropping into a midfield role in the second half.
“With us all the time he’s very good, already in Poland (where Nigeria won 1-0) and he was fantastic,” Rohr was quoted by Standard Sport as saying on Wednesday.
“Perhaps some times (he did) a little too much individually, he wanted to make a show. We prefer collective football.”