17 April 2018

Nigeria: World Cup - Change Your Tactics If Nigeria Must Excel, Amuneke Tasks Rohr

Former Super Eagles winger, Emmanuel Amuneke, has urged Super Eagles gaffer, Gernot Rohr, to look for a befitting strategy that will favour his players before the World Cup, saying a wrong style or approach in Russia could spell doom for the nation.

With Rohr trying different kinds of formation in the Eagles' last three games against Argentina, Poland, and Serbia, and many Nigerians not seem convinced of the pattern, Amuneke, wants the German to perfect his tactics before the World Cup begins in June.

"I believe it's all about the formation. During the qualifiers, we focused more on wing play, using the exploit of Victor Moses and the rest, but we can see in recent games that it has not favoured us, especially against Serbia where they stopped us every time we went through the wings.

"He has to have the tactics that the players will buy into and be able to achieve their objectives.

It all depends on their own plan as a team and it's that plan and style that will stand us out at the World Cup," Amuneke told AOIFootball.com.

The U-17 World Cup winning coach however played down suggestions that the loss against Serbia could dampen the team's morale, saying Eagles will learn from the friendly match defeat.

"Nobody wants to lose, but losing provides you an opportunity to be realistic with yourself and your team. It will help them correct the errors and try to perfect them going forward. Look at Argentina. Can one say because they lost to Nigeria and Spain scandalously, they won't do well at the World Cup? The answer is obviously no," Amuneke stressed.

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