Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has plenty of work to do on and off the pitch ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Here are five things on his to-do-list…
1. Build team around Osimhen
It is very essential that the chemistry of the team depends on Victor Osimhen. Obviously, priority number one is ensuring that the Napoli star score goals during the Qualifiers.
Rohr must motivate him that he can achieve that in Eagles' colours.
2. Bring through the youth
Nigeria production line has dried up considerably over the past few years with reserve slots in the squad taken by players in diaspora, rather than home-grown stars.
The slow start to life of Kevin Akpoguma, is a recent example of that flawed policy.
Although Nigeria are unlikely to bring through another crop like John Obi Mikel, Kanu Nwankwo, Wilson Oruma and Mutiu Adepoju within a year or two of each other again, there is still plenty of talent in their ranks for Rohr to work with.
Talented playmaker Kelechi Nwakali looks set for a bigger role next season, as does the precocious winger Chidera Ejuke.
3. Sort out Aribo's position
Rohr has failed to maximise his significant potential by frequently playing Aribo out of position.
Aribo has made his name at Rangers as a progressive No 6 in the middle of Steven Gerrard's 4-3-3 system but at Super Eagles, he has either flanked Wilfred Ndidi, left exposed in a two-man midfield or even worse, shunted out wide in a flat 4-4-2.
Ndidi has been a phenomenal performer for Super Eagles over the past four years and still has a role to play but the time has come to remodel the midfield around Aribo's unique qualities instead.
4. Restore tactical identity
Rohr's managerial career is a curious one to analyse. You can hardly recognize his pattern.
His work with Super Eagles hasn't gone some way to restoring his reputation after things unravelled at Burkina Faso and Niger Republic.
5. Shelve the plan on likely Ighalo recall
The Franco-German still rates Al Shabab man Odion Ighalo for future engagements of Super Eagles. Why push for the 32-year-old when you have the likes of Osimhen, Kelechi Iheanacho, Paul Onuachu, Terem Moffi, Simy Nwankwo, Sadiq Umar and Peter Olayinka available for selection.
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