30 January 2013

Nigeria: Afcon - Eguma Counsels Keshi On Strategy Against Cote d' Ivoire

Port Harcourt — Dolphins of Port Harcourt Manager, Stanley Eguma has urged Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, to come out with a special strategy to win the quarter final match against Cote d'Ivoire.

Stanley Eguma in Port Harcourt on Wednesday said that such strategy should ensure that the defence and attack were coordinated. He said that Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo, should be used in the quarter final match because of his experience and if he was fit.

He also urged Keshi to caution his defenders like Echiejile and Efe Ambrose to raise the standard of their games and avoid getting booked for rough play.

"Cote 'D Ivoire is a different ball game. When the stage is high, players will want to lift their game and that is expected of the Super Eagles. You expect them to play better than they played in the preliminaries.

"It is the duty of Stephen Keshi to really fashion out a strategy that will help the team ride over Cote'D Ivoire. There should be more concentration in the team now, especially in the defence where we use to falter.

"Stephen Keshi should get his best defenders. Yobo has not been so fantastic but this kind of a match requires players like Yobo, if he will lift his game, I think, players like Yobo should be in the game, and his presence there has a lot to do."

Eguma said Ivorians have sharp and fast attackers and that the Eagles need to hold them. He suggested that another player should be fielded to complement Mikel Obi in the midfield so that he (Mikel) could be free to play other roles.

The Manager said the Eagles also said the last match against Ethiopia was a difficult one and that it required experience to overcome such

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