Lagerback opted to go with Chinedu Obasi, leaving Osaze Odemwingie on the bench, and Austin Eguavoen and the other coaches were left as stunned as the players.
"They didn’t know about it. Everyone expected Osaze to start. But he is the coach and he makes the final decisions," a top team official said.
Roland Andersson, Lagerback's right hand man, appeared to be the only one with an inkling of what transpired, but the other coaches were not complaining,
"He is the boss and they understand that the buck stops with him, so it is his decision."
The players were allowed to take a walk around the grounds of the their Protea Hotel Wanderers after the team technical meeting.