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AFCON 2021: Eguavoen Got His Tactics Right Against Egypt –Okocha

AFCON 2021: Eguavoen Got His Tactics Right Against Egypt –Okocha

Former Nigerian midfielder, Austine Okocha has applauded the tactics deployed by Super Eagles interim coach, Austine Eguavoen in the team’s 1-0 win over Egypt in Tuesday’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Recall that Kelechi Iheanacho scored the only goal of the encounter with a beautiful volley to earn the Super Eagles the maximum points.


Reacting on the tactical formation of the coach, Okocha, who was a guest on Supersports AFCON coverage, stated that he’s impressed with his tactics against Egypt.

He also commended the performance of the players and said that other teams will take notice of today’s performance the Super Eagles.

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“I must confess to you that Eguavoen got his tactics right against Egypt and I am pleased with the general performance of the team.

” I am sure our opponents will definitely watch this performance.

Nigeria will face Sudan in their next game before tackling Guinea-Bissau in their final Group D game.”

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  • Danny 2 weeks ago

    Rhor’s undoing was looking down on his own players or team. What the mind cannot conceive it cannot achieve. Is it until someone is playing for man u,Chelsea, Real Madrid ,Barcelona before he is seen as a good player. Moreover it’s a team sport. Abi shey fc Porto,torino,Leicester, Csk Moscow wa kere ninu aye ni?

    • Wale Akinlatun 2 weeks ago

      All the players that played were Rohr’s players as well. It’s just the tactics

      • Iszzy 2 weeks ago

        Just the tactics? Wait s minute why do u employ a coach? It is not to bring in tactical discipline? A coach who lacks this I should go am learn another trade because that’s the bane of the coaching job.
        Rohr with respect was tactically bankrupt. He doesn’t know what to do per time. He waits until the team sinks. He can’t make apt substitution, he can’t read the game.Eguavoon outclassed him today. I wonder why NFF rushed to sign a foreign coach- usually for corruption. The rush was always suspicion. NFF know what to do to get our team on too of their game. But corruption won’t allow them.

  • Nelson 2 weeks ago

    Eguavoen simply reinvented Nigeria style of football that saw Salah experiencing a total sit at home. Good luck Nigerians.

  • JimmyBall 2 weeks ago

    Eguaveon has shown that Rohr, just like Dosu Joseph said… was a mechanic afterall. Only one week camping see confident play… 5years of Rohr was just monumental boring football… May God keep Herod far away from us!

    • Raphael 2 weeks ago

      Very well said. For only this victory against the Pharaohs, nothing is stopping Coach Eguavoen from taking the Super Eagles to the world cup. Operation bring on cameroon is trendy.

  • pompei 2 weeks ago

    For most of the game, we played the good old 4-4-2.
    We saw:
    1) a great collaboration between Iheanacho and his U-17 henchman Awoniyi
    2) explosive wing play
    3) a hard working double pivot of Ndidi and Aribo in the middle
    4) very disciplined defending from the back four.
    5) a composed Okoye. Though he was largely on holiday, he came up big to deny Salah on one occasion, and looked assured whenever a threat surfaced.
    Playing consistently like this will get us far in this tournament.
    To win the cup however, we need to be more ruthless in front of goal. That is what Eguavoen and company need to work on. With improved goalscoring added to their game, this team looks really good!

    • it was 4-1-3-1-1 in the first half not the claassical 4-4-2

      • pompei 2 weeks ago

        4-1-3-1-1 is a variation of 4-4-2.
        The back four, Ndidi as DM, Simon, Aribo, and Chukwueze ahead of Ndidi, and Iheanacho in the hole behind Awoniyi.
        Sometimes, Iheanacho would drop back to join Simon, Aribo and Chukwueze in a 4-1-4-1 formation. But the standard template was 4-4-2.

  • It’s been long Super Eagles play like this. Shame on Rohr and his supporters.

    Football loving Nigerians kept on saying that these boys could do more than they did under Rohr.

    Assuming that it’s Rohr that’s still Nigeria coach in this afcon, his comment alone would have demoralized the boys and boost the confidence of Egyptians.

    Thanks Boys.

    God bless Nigeria.

  • Chima E Samuels 2 weeks ago

    Simon Moses was used in his natural position and ola aina made forward runs the we missed. Zaidu was great, Iheanacho was well instructed, Moses Simon was my best player of the match but must work on his crosses,Coach Rohr should start learning. Rohr’s Asslickers can you give me some excuses?

    • Chima E Samuels 2 weeks ago


    • Bomboy 2 weeks ago

      Rhor’s ‘ass lickers’ are waiting for the next game and hoping we don’t win it. That is when they will find their voice.

      They will be disappointed again.

      If the SE keep their focus, hunger and drive, they will be unstoppable in this tournament.

      • Chima E Samuels 2 weeks ago

        Lol. Eguavoen is a decent Coach I pray Aigboun and Salisu doesn’t corrupt him, I saw the true Nigerian football but in the last 10mins we gased out, the coach has to work on the teams endurance and Stamina to keep up for the duration of the match like an inform Chelsea.

      • Chinenye 2 weeks ago

        Amen ! @Bomboy everyone praying secretely for us to loose because of their beloved Rohr would be disappointed in JESUS Name

  • TALK UR OWN 2 weeks ago


  • Layi Lawrence 2 weeks ago

    From what I saw today, Our former white coach is nothing but Dry cleaner coach.

    I don’t know why NFF won’t give our Nigerian coach the opportunity to coach our senior National team.

    Eguoven outclassed our former coach, imagine giving our local coach five years to work with those boys

    • Friday 2 weeks ago

      That is very true @Layi, NFF must give Eguavoen more responsibility. What a philosophy.

  • Alhaja Risikatu 2 weeks ago

    Eguavoen simply made my day. Thank you Eagles.

  • Generally, the Eagles tried a lot. They were focused and committed. Maybe it’s because of the Salah factor. Eguaveon got it right this time. He has raised the profile of the local coaches. These boys will grow as the games progresses. The attackers should always raise their heads up to see the best option and take the chance. They need to be clinical in the 18 yard box. It’s a collective thing, not individual sport. They should play as a unit. Kudos to all of them. Sudan is next I guess.

  • pompei 2 weeks ago

    After watching our game today, my Mexican friend asked me:
    Is this not the same Nigeria that we beat 4 nil?
    I answered:
    Amigo, this is a different Nigeria. The real Nigeria.

    • Chima E Samuels 2 weeks ago

      Honestly it’s strange but they should try to finish strong.

    • so much love to my smart and intelligent coach ,he made people understand that,intelligence and tactics is not found only on a white mans head ,a black and local coach can do far better ,this dude made my day ,so its not the players after all,its the coach and its team, what a wide and extensive sport football is . see you in finals 9JA you’re unstoppable ,I’m sure no one can dispute that .

  • Johnbull Anayo 2 weeks ago

    @Layi Lawrence, with only 4 years with coach Eguavoen, those boys will rule the World. I’m so impressed with his tactics.

  • Asmini jatto 2 weeks ago

    The Nigerian coach is a master class. What a game, I did predicted 2:0 against Nigeria. As the saying goes, that’s history. Certain he raised the bar far away from the foreign coach. Asmini from Senegal

  • Garre 2 weeks ago

    Shame on Rhor and his supporters. I hope they bow their heads in shame.It’s not just about the fact that we won today’s match. It’s about how the team played and this is what we had been clamoring for years but Rhor supporters were always attacking anyone that criticized their tin god.Imagine the hogwash comments the old fashioned mechanic made today just to proved that he is truly clueless dumbass and i hope his supporters can come out and defend him as they used to. Today we could all see that the difference is so clear. You can’t give what you don’t have. Life is garbage in and garbage out (GIGO) . I just hate the fact that these bunch of corrupt NFF members knew all along that our local coaches could do the job better but because of how much they keep stealing our money through their foreign coach scam they wouldn’t do the right thing.if it were not the case why do they always employ dead ass foreign coaches with wack track records? Rhor was a big scam and NFF wouldn’t have sacked him if they were still benefiting as much as they used to.Rhor is a fraudster just like his fellow criminal NFF president and members that need to be arrested and investigated.

    • That is what we have been singing for years Rohr is a big Fraud I am glad you are realising it even though I am sure you are one of his supporters who have just changed his name to hide face because @Garre it is my first time seeing ur name on this Forum. Just and observation

      • Garre 2 weeks ago

        Lol you must be joking right? Lol my first time commenting on this forum? You must be sleeping on the bike. Even in my next life i can never associate myself with a dullard ,failure and fraudster name Rhor.

  • Well done Super Eagles of Nigeria this win has done a lot to clam my nerves. However this we beat Egypt but this unit can still be alot stronger with the Addition of The Osimhens and Dennis and hopefully Yes i said Victor Moses and maybe Lookman or Amoo and Calvin Bassey. There is a lot to be optimistic about Augustine Eguavoen YOU ARE X1000 OF ROAR OR ROHR echefurum aha ya

    It is still early days all those still saying Ighalo this Ighalo that I hope you can now see Awoniyi means serious Buisness.

    Some work needs to be done and in the same breath we can now see that in as much as we don’t need Ighalo we really do not need Musa especially after this tournament as the likes of Ndidi and Kele Bobo would have had enough experience Musa and Ighalo dropped reineforces with the likes of Victor Moses! Of course Victor Osimhen and Emma Bobo Dennis. And Hopefully Lookman and Olise, Calvin Bassey guys we are on a right track i see. EGUAVOEN I HAIL THEE!!!!!!!!!!

  • Olujimi Morgan 2 weeks ago

    Great performance. Good result; winning by more than 1 goal would have been more satisfying.

    Now to the match. Eguavon had explained the traditional strength of the Nigerian player, and requirements for a winning. Players are physically strong and can play fast. Team play best with wingers, even if withdrawn supporting the midfield. And with mobility, the players should strive to outnumber opponents in any part of the field.

    And we saw all those goals achieved.

    After the drawn practice match, he expressed two concerns. One was the attack not decisive as there weren’t enough of players in the box. He also stated the players ran out of stamina as match wore on. Do recall he used two sets of 11 players, rotating in the 2nd half.

    So, Eguavon was entirely realistic and practical. Forum members have suggested some solutions already.

    It was best performance by Eagles in a long time, probably since the 2018 WC Qualifying.

    Up Super Eagles.
    Keep it up, and improve.

  • Ayphillydegreat 2 weeks ago

    After watching the drama that ensued the goalless draw between the SUFAYOS in our group. It’s a wrap that we should win this group. It’s still early days though, but we’re always favorite against Sudan and Guinea Bissau. There’s definitely no excuse not to top the group. That’s the target for now then the rest will follow. This is a very good Nigeria side for people wey sabi ball.

    However, the second half still left a lot to be desired. We dominated the Pharaohs in the first half and deservedly got the lead, but in the second half Egypt pegged us back looking for the equalizer. We had more chances that went begging, but we held on to the lead. That’s a positive going forward. Attack as a team defend as a team. Overall a very good display and I expect this team to go far.

    • Chinenye 2 weeks ago

      Ogbeni shut up! No Rohr’s apologist is qualified to comment on our supee eagle’s game henceforth

      If you and your clique still have anything called shame in your pathetic selves, you log off from social media

      Between have you all seen how a team performance without hindrances(Musa,Ighalo and Rohr)?

      Experience my foot

  • Breaking news; Having watched the Egypt vs Nigeria match of the ongoing African Cup of Nations, Italian FA is planning talks with coach Austin Eguavoen. NFF should buckle up before we lose Eguavoen.

    • Kenneth 2 weeks ago

      It is most likely that we will eventually lose Egu to one of the top5 countries. Na wa o only God knows why Amaju wants to waste our resources on a failure called Peseiro whose only qualification is that he is Mourhino friend. NFF dey think so?

    • Ebhohimen Jonathan 2 weeks ago

      @ Jide, even if the Italian fa eventually discuss terms with our interim national coach, Eguavoen I know will not ditch his fatherland. Besides, we need him to train the Super Eagles for the World cup proper.

    • Kayode Olapitan 2 weeks ago

      Jide, why you say Italy FA? Eguavoen is good for London coach. He can make them be no 1 as fifa ranks.

  • UpperClass 2 weeks ago

    Don’t use one match to judge Austin Egu. Now.

  • Owolabi Olabamidele 2 weeks ago

    Still on the matter.
    We wish super eagles of Nigeria the very best in the ongoing AFCON 2021