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Tactical Observations From Super Eagles Loss To The Central African Republic

Nigeria were beaten 1-0 in Lagos in a game many supporters expected them to win fairly easily.

The Super Eagles had picked up maximum points from their opening two games and could have edged further away from the sides below them to consolidate first spot.

In the end, Karl Namnganda scored in second-half stoppage time to stun the Super Eagles and silence the home crowd.

While this eventually reverted to normal in the second half, the opening half intermittently saw the Super Eagles play out from the back in a back three.

Frank Onyeka tended to drop between the centre-backs — William Troost-Ekong and Leon Balogun — thus seeing the home side’s shape morph from a back four to a three.

On other occasions before the intervals the team shaped looked like 2-4-4 whenever the central defenders had possession of the ball.

It remains to be seen if that was by design or otherwise, but it was fascinating to watch nonetheless.

As expected, during and after the game, Rohr’s tactical astuteness was called into question.

While the performance of the side caused understandable annoyance, it’d be remiss to not point out some noteworthy facets of Nigeria’s play particularly out wide.

In the first half, the majority of the Super Eagles’ attacks were funnelled down the right flank and how situations played out were quite interesting.

At times Okay Aina stayed wide while Moses Simon appeared to be married to the touchline on many occasions.

After halftime there seemed to be a greater emphasis on the nominal wingers 

Chidera Ejuke and Moses Simon. tucking in to allow room for the full-backs to bomb forward.

Admittedly, the attackers intermittently played as natural wingers, but they seemed more interested in drifting infield rather than hug the line.

Another point noted was that the Super Eagles need more match winners, it seemed a rather obvious thing to say, the 

fact nobody could stand up and be counted when Kelechi Iheanacho went out injured and Victor Osimhen had an off day was a cause for concern.

Ejuke, couldn't deliver the goods neither did Simon, Awoniyi or Musa, thus leaving Rohr agitated on the sidelines.

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Tactical Observation

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