Although most Nigerians are happy with the performance of the Super Eagles at the World Cup, Wenger believes the team could have done even better if there was more solidarity within the squad.
Wenger stated that the quality of the Nigerian team at the tournament was never in doubt, but added that the team lacked solidarity, added to other off-field problems which counted against them.
“I don’t think it’s purely down to quality. I think it comes down to organizational problems before the World Cup and during the World Cup,” Wenger said
“I think what hurts football fans both in Cameroon and Nigeria – two big footballing nations -was not that their countries did not reach the quarter-finals, it was the fact that both teams had no solidarity and they had problems that were exposed all over the world before the competition and that’s the main reason,” the Arsenal manager said in probable reference to the bonus crisis that rocked both the Super Eagles and the Indomitable Lions.
“Football is difficult enough when you are united but if you are not united at that stage then you have no chance.”
Wenger was however full of praise for Algeria, picking out their second round performance against eventual champions, Germany, for praise.
“I would still like to give some credit to Algeria. They played so well and at some points they even made Germany look average, and they were the only country who could do that. I would have liked to have seen more from the African countries.”
Nigeria beat Bosnia-Herzegovina to secure their first win in the competition since 1998, and also advanced to the second round for the first time in 16 years, after finishing second in Group F with four points.