Former Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo, has said the team was “exposed” in their 2-0 defeat to Madagascar on Sunday.
Nigeria finished their Group B fixtures with a shock loss to the island nation, who are making their debut at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Yobo, speaking on SuperSports, warned Gernot Rohr’s men to raise their game ahead of their Round of 16.
He said, “It is disappointing to see that Nigeria took the lead in the group and they let it slip,” the former Eagles captain said during his match analysis on SuperSport.
“They might be facing Ghana, who are one of the favourites, and it’s going to be a lot very difficult. I would have loved a situation where both teams probably meet in the semi-final.
“Nigeria made a mistake and they will have to pay for it. Hopefully, whoever they meet in the Round of 16, they will be able to raise their game, because so far, the three games that Nigeria have played, they have not really been in their rhythm, they have not played so well.
“Though they scored two goals with two clean sheets, in this game they were exposed. We will like to see Nigeria play their best in the Round of 16 because it is a knockout stage, they have to give their best regardless of who they are playing.