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Five Major Tasks Before New Super Eagles Coach

 

Now that the Paul Le Guen saga is over and the Nigeria Football Federation have gone for German Gernot Rohr as new Super Eagles head coach, Completesportsnigeria.com's ADEBOYE AMOSU lists the important tasks that must be on the boss's to-do list…

 

QUALIFYING THE SUPER EAGLES FOR 2018 WORLD CUP

This undoubtedly is  the biggest task before the new Super Eagles technical crew led by Gernot Rohr.

The Eagles failed to qualify for the last edition of the Africa Cup of Nations and are also out of contention for a place in the next edition in Gabon, so Nigerians will be eager to see their darling team make it to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

With a group comprising perennial  rivals Cameroon, Africa's number one ranked team Algeria and Zambia this is going to be a herculean task.

 

GETTING THE SUPER EAGLES PLAY TO ATTRACTIVE FOOTBALL AGAIN

The Super Eagles have struggled to play attractive football in recent years. Barring their impressive display in some of their  matches on their way to  winning a third Africa Cup of Nations title in South Africa in 2013, they have most times failed to show class in their performances.

Soccer-loving Nigerians still make reference to the Super Eagles side that won the AFCON title in 1994 and made a huge impact at the World Cup the same year in the United States of America.

They still look forward to the Eagles replicating  such performances in the foreseeable future. 

 

FIXING THE SIDE'S TROUBLED DEFENCE

The defence seems to be the weakest link in the Super Eagles at the moment as exemplified by the lack of quality players in that department.

Algeria and Cameroon have some potent strikers in their fold and the Eagles defenders need to be at their best to stop them in the qualifiers.

How much Gernot Rohr and his technical crew members can fix that troubled spot remains to be seen.

 

 

INTEGRATING YOUNG PLAYERS INTO THE TEAM

Last season saw the emergence of young players like Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi, Moses Simon and a host of other Nigerian-born players who made the headlines for their respective clubs.

These youngsters are certainly the future of the team and integrating them fully into the team where they will compete for places with established stars like Ahmed Musa, Odion Ighalo, Mikel Obi and Ogenyi will be a tough task.

 

WINNING OVER THE FANS AND THE MEDIA

Football fans in Nigeria are some of the most demanding supporters you can find anywhere in the world, same as the sporting press.

Gernot Rohr in particular will be under scrutiny right from the word go as many will like to see whether he will be interested in monitoring players in the Nigeria Professional Football League and also staying in the country unlike some of his predecessors.

His team selection and tactics will also come under scrutiny. You can trust the media and the fans to start giving him the stick if he fails to impress them.

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