Eagles Chances Beyond Group Games Is Slim-Babangida


Eagles Chances Beyond Group Games Is Slim-Babangida
…blames Rohr’s five-man midfield tactics
Joel Ajayi Abuja
Former Nigeria International right winger, Tijani Babangida, has examined the chances of the Super Eagles at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia; he says their chances are slim but possible.
Babangida spoke with Aljazirah on the chances of the team progressing at the Mundial. The former-Ajax of Amsterdam player is of the opinion that the progress of the team beyond the group matches is slim.
He said: “Our chances are very slim looking at the outcome of the game against Croatia. Alex Iwobi and Victor Moses never functioned well. They defended more at the back and that affected our attack in the game” he said.
“For me, I think Coach Gernot Rohr, should be bold enough to bench John Mikel Obi but if he still needs him he should make him defend in the midfield and use Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho to help out Odion Ighalo in the attack. The coach should know by now what formation is good for him to play 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 than playing five midfielders.”
“During the game, we never had any shot at goal. The midfield is too crowded and that affected our attack. Look at it, we could not have a shot at goal. But just take a look at how many shots at goals Brazilians had and the Germans so we need to play the patterns that will be beneficial to our players not all of them going back to defend all through the game.
The member of the FIFA Technical Study Group, who hopes for a better approach from the coach when the team plays against Iceland on Friday said, “we can still turn the tide around but there must be a sense of urgency in the team and until that happens our fate is hanging on that match and I just hope the team knows how important the game is to an average Nigerian back at home.”
“I think the team is missing the likes of Moses Simon who was injured in camp if he was available in the team the coach would have had more options to work with against Croatia. They should look ahead and win the remaining two matches and with that Nigerians will forget the bad game and hope for the next stage


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