Super Eagles' results at the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers isn't a surprise to their die hard supporters.
They have won their first two games and scored four goals in the process. That’l's an average of over two goals per game.
Nigeria being top is not a shock either, they have established themselves as one of the best teams behind Algeria in Africa.
What has been a revelation is how Super Eagles have gone about their excellent run in Group C. They have transformed to free-flowing, counter-attacking and dominant side under Gernot Rohr.
Rohr's 4-2-3-1 has been used to solidify their position. It hasn't always attractive, but effective.
With Balogun, Semi Ajayi and Omeruo, they have experience and strength.
Kelechi Iheanacho is Nigeria's World Cup Qualification topscorer with two goals, followed by Victor Osimhen who has one.
Rohr has worked hard to regain the defensive strength of the Super Eagles. Each player knows his role and where he needs to be.
Playing 4-4-2 also suits all Rohr's options. Osimhen works hard for the team, is excellent at holding the ball up and can finish.
Moses Simon and Alex Iwobi play wide and love to cut inside, this gives space for Aina and Collins space to bomb forward from full-back. Wilfred Ndidi, a former right-back, loves to attack too, so you can have at least seven players willing to carry the counter-attack, that's too many options to try and stop when they are all in-sync.
Eagles have become the perfect blend of defensive solidity with a desire to attack. They have the movement and intelligence to play the possession game and keep the ball, but against bigger and supposedly, better teams, they will look to hit on the break.
One strength they have that many African teams don't, is options off the bench. Paul Onuachu, Terem Moffi, Ahmed Musa, Chidera Ejuke and Henry Onyekuru are capable players.
With the spirit and organisation that Rohr and the Eagles team have built, there’s no limit in what this group could achieve at the World Cup Qualifiers.
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