Super Eagles World Cup tactics irks veterans
17 June 2014, 14:04
Nairobi - Former
Super Eagles internationals Austin Okocha and Patrick Pascal have
queried the formation used by Stephen Keshi in Monday’s 0-0 draw with
The Nigerian boss opted to start their World Cup opener with a 4-3-3
system, but had to watch as his side struggled to find penetration
against a resolute Iran outfit.
Speaking after the game, legendary Nigerian midfielder Okocha believes Keshi got a key substitution wrong
"I think it was a wrong substitution. The team still lacked
creativity until Osaze (Peter Odemwingie) was introduced," Okocha said.
Another former Super Eagle, Patrick Pascal, feels Keshi should have
started with an additional striker, rather than having only Emmanuel
Emenike up front.
"We played one attacker against a defensive Iranians in the first
half and it didn’t help us, because the opponents came for a draw,"
the Punchng website reported him as saying.
"They packed their midfield - and it was easy for them to stop us
because we were attacking their defence with only Emenike in the middle.
"When Ameobi was introduced, we were able to trouble their defence. it’s unfortunate we couldn’t score at least a goal.
"(Ogenyi) played very well. He was the Man-of –the Match. He read the
game well and won the ball each time the Iranians moved for a
counter-attack. They were relying on counter-attacks. Onazi is good.
Mikel Obi also did well."
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