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Tactical Mistakes Made By Eguavoen Despite Super Eagles’ Victory Over Egypt

The Super Eagles get out to a winning start at the 33rd Africa Cup Of Nations going on in Cameroon as the team Group D rival, the Pharaohs of Egypt.

The 30th- minute goal scored by Kelechi Iheanacho separated the two teams as the coach got a dream start to life in his second coming as Super Eagles coach.

However, it wasn’ t an all- around perfect performance by the Super Eagles as the team could only once out of the 15 goal attempts made by the team and only five of these attempts hit the desired target.

Also defensively the team has some nervy moments as the Egyptian came all out in the dying minutes of the match looking for the equaliser.

The Super Eagles lost control of the match towards the end of the match, and these lapses are due to the tactical mistake committed by coach Austin Eguavoen.

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The coach started by using two fast wingers, the duo of Samuel Chukwueze and Moses Simon were given the responsibility while Kelechi Iheanacho and Taiwo Awoniyi are the two strikers upfront.

The two strikers struggled to catch up with the speed of the wingers, throughout the encounter thereby making it difficult for the team to maximise the advantage of the fast attacking play and movement of the two wingers from the right and left side attack.

The five out of the fifteen times the final of the Super Eagles hit the target, it all comes through timely arrival by either of the two men upfront.

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The remaining ten shots off target were due to late connection with the ball or due to sluggish first touch which means the team could have scored with faster strikers.

For Nigeria to maximise their attacking potential, the pairing of Taiwo Awoniyi and Kelechi Iheanaco needed to be re- examined as the coach needs to check Other strikers that could pair Kelechi Iheanacho up front to compliment the speed and width advantage the wingers give the team.

Another tactical mistake made by the coach is to switch from 4- 4- 2 formation to 4- 5- 1 tactical formation, when the team is leading, abandoning the high pressing game which rendered the Egyptian clueless.

The formation also produced the solitary goal of the match, the Super Eagles continued to press forward and they were looking good to get another goal as the prospect was high.

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It all changed when the coach abandoned the fast attacking wing play to a defensive approach in a bid to protect the Super Eagles lead.

This nearly backfired as the Egyptians came all out and grew in confidence using space and time, controlling the ball more as they frantically search for an equaliser.

Mohammed Sallah came close in the 71st, minute as Super Eagles defensive wall was breached due to consistent pressure from the Egyptians.

The coach needs to work on the lapses and improve on the obvious weakness of the team going forward if the Super Eagles are to win the trophy for the fourth time in history.

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