Nigeria has made a good start to their FIFA World Cup qualifying games as they came from behind to beat Cape Verde by 2-1 today in Estádio Municipal Adérito Sena. This victory leaves them on top of the CAF Group C table of the World Cup qualifiers.
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Governor Rohr will be pleased with the decent performance of his players out there today, despite the omission of some players from his squad.
Nigeria started the game incorrectly as they conceded in the opening 20 minutes when Dylan Tavares beats Maduka Okoye at his near post and scored the goal to give Cape Verde the lead. Not long before Nigeria equalized as Collins delivers a good cross from the left which Kelvin Pires fails to clear, Osimhen then pounces at the goalmouth and gets the equalizer.
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In the 76th minute of the second half, Nigeria takes the lead for the first time in the game when Cape Verde defender, Kenny Santos tries to pass back to his goalkeeper which led to an own goal.
However, here are the two errors Gernot Rohr avoided as they won today's game:
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1. Utilizing Team B Squad
Since the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi, Trost-Ekong, etc have all returned to the UK. Rohr utilized the players at his disposal today as Russia-based Chidera Ejike, Kingsley Michael started alongside other new players.
So his decision to use the 4-3-3 formation featuring paid off because Nigeria won the game.
2. Good substitution
Despite the scarcity of big names in the squad, Rohr utilized the bench wisely. The manager noticed that both Ahmed Musa and Moses Simon needed replacement and in the 72nd minute, he replaced them with Moffi and Onyekuru. So it was after this substitution that Nigeria scored the winner which shows that the manager made the right action.
Nonetheless, Nigeria will be looking to build on when they play the Central African Republic next month.
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