Mutiu Adepoju, a former Nigeria international, has expressed his disappointment at the Super Eagles’ 2-0 defeat to Madagascar in Sunday’s AFCON 2019 Group B match, attributing it to Gernot Rohr’s use of three defensive midfielders in the game, Completesports.com reports.
“It was a result I least expected from the Super Eagles against Madagascar. It was also a performance I never expected from them considering their performances and results in their two previous games,” Adepoju remarked.
“They were poor and I’m totally disappointed. Considering their previous games against Burundi and Guinea, I expected a far much better Super Eagles against against Madagascar.”
“But that wasn’t to be and I’m sure every other Nigerian is equally bruised emotionally by what they say Eagles put up against Madagascar”.
The former Racing Santander of Spain forward refuses to admit that the lethargic showing of three-time African champions was down to to coach Gernot Rohr’s near wholesome changes in the team’s starting lineup.
Rohr made five changes from the squad that decimated Guinea 1-0 to ensure Super Eagles booked a knockout stage ticket with a game to spare.
“I don’t think so. But I think it has to do with the inclusion of Mikel Obi, John Ogu and Oghenekaro Etebo in the game,” Adepoju, nicknamed Head Master during his playing days stated.
” Yes, they are all midfielders, but playing three defensive midfielders at the same time could be counter productive as it turned out.
“There was no transition from defence to midfield, no transition from midfield to attack and no supply from the flanks”.
The one time General Manager of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC), posits that Super Eagles’ disappointing performance against Madagascar has eroded people’s confidence in them heading to the knockout stages of the competition.
“Yeah, when you lose a game you ought not lose, when you don’t play up to the scratch as you should, you certainly lose your supporters’ confidence.
“The next opponents are going to be tougher because they are likely going to be winners in their group, and we couldn’t do well against Madagascar.
“Its very unfortunate,” Adepoju submitted.
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