Former Super Eagles captain Sunday Oliseh proffers solutions to the team’s problems ahead of their clash with Bosnia on Saturday.
He wrote on his blog: “It was obvious from the first 15 minutes of the Nigeria vs. Iran encounter that we knew barely anything about this team! That did the Super Eagles in and it is quite unfortunate!
Iran’s game plan was quite obvious: Defend as a block and hope to catch the Super Eagles off on a lucky counter or score off a free kick and if not for our ever spectacular Enyeama that almost happened!
It is clear that now that we started off with a draw many will start pouring in their negativity and criticisms but that would be counterproductive most especially now that Nigeria still has a mathematical chance to qualify to the next round.
Criticisms without proposing solutions is what Losers and underachievers do! So what happened and what can be better done to get us to the next round?
Know your enemy.
It would be nice to study in a quick detailed manner how our next opponent plays. Watching Bosnia vs Argentina is not enough as they obviously came with a possible different game plan and animation vs. Favourites Argentina as they would against less favourites like the Super Eagles. A look at friendlies and qualifiers is a step in the right direction.
Better Game plan
It was clear that Iran was the only team that really had a team plan and they executed it well to a successful result. Their plan was to crowd central areas and catch the opponent on the break and had they had a better attacker we would have lost.
A possible solution would have been the super Eagles playing in few touches,1 or 2 touches and spreading out wide to use the wings and rain in crosses to Emenike and co.
Need I say to do this we needed to play ‘pacy’ wingers?
We drew against Iran but did not lose and this is the World Cup not a continental tournament. We should expect stiff opposition from every opponent.
We can still qualify and if lucky still top the group, though am beginning to sound like a wishful thinker.”