Kashimawo Laloko believes the individual quality in the Super Eagles saw them win 3-1 in the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier against Algeria on Saturday.
Victor Moses’ brace and John Mikel Obi’s strike ensured Gernot Rohr’s men overcame the stubborn Greens to remain Group B leaders at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.
But the former NFF technical director insists the Super Eagles manager must reorganise his shaky defensive set-up if he hopes to qualify the country for the 2018 Fifa World Cup.
“I had fears for [Daniel] Akpeyi but he didn’t disappoint me because the goal he conceded was due to the indecision of the defenders,” Laloko said.
“Carelessness, complacency on the side of our defenders were responsible for that goal. We were very lucky. Algeria never came to Nigeria for a draw but to win and this is the first time we have beaten them hands down but the Algerians failed.
“Because of the individual quality and determination of the players helped us finish Algeria. Rohr has virtually done nothing but the players who wanted to make Nigerians proud.
“I think the performance of the players should be harnessed ahead of our upcoming games. Our defense department is still not organised.
“Someone of the defenders was running away from their responsibility. The man [Rohr] has not organized our defense probably and he needs to fix that by getting quality and regular defenders.
“Overall, I think the players have done well. I distinguished the players for their performance – Iheanacho, Iwobi. I told the coach in Abuja, that they still don’t have scores because when we play a game against a more organized defensive side.
“We must be careful with our defense if we want to get to Russia. All we need to do is to maintain our winning form. And I must say congratulations to Nigeria,” he concluded.