Osimhen Revels In Perfect Start For Lille Vs Nantes

Osimhen Revels In Perfect Start For Lille Vs Nantes

Super Eagles forward Victor Osimhen is in buoyant mood
after netting a brace on his Lille debut as they kicked off their Ligue 1 campaign with a 2-1 win over Nantes.

The 20-year-old, who replaced new Arsenal man Nicolas Pepe after signing from Belgian side RSC Charleroi, didn’t take long to make an impact for the Great Danes.

Osimhen, a promising prospect for the Nigeria national team, put his team in front with a classy finish, before netting the winner ten minutes from full time to save Zeki Celik’s blushes.

He took to social media to express his emotion after putting in a great shift at Stade Pierre Mauroy.

“Debut win, goals, perfect start in Lille colour. God is the greatest, we move,”he tweeted after the game.

He would be hoping to continue his impressive scoring form when Lille face Amiens at Stade de la Licorne on August 17.

During his loan spell in Belgium last season, Osimhen scored 20 goals in 36 matches across all competitions for the Zebras.

 

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  • XXXXXXXXXXPLAY 1 week ago

    WHEN WE TALK SOME PEOPLE WILL SAY WE HATE ROHR AS IF CRITICIZING SOMEONE APPROACH DENOTES HATRED. LOOK AT THE QUICKNESS AT WHICH THIS GUY SCORES GOALS CAN IGHALO DO SUCH RATHER ROHR STILL OPENED HIS MOUTH JUST RECENTLY THAT HE WOULD TRY TO PERSUADE IGHALO TO COME BACK. WHO NEEDS IGHALO . TO ELDERS LIKE POMPEI AND DR DRE PLEASE LETS UNITES TOGETHER SO THAT THE NFF CAN GIVE US SOUND TECHNICAL COACH WHO CAN MAKE USE OF PLAYERS THAT WE HAVE NOW FINE ROHR IS A GOOD MANAGER OF PLAYERS BUT HE IS BEREFT OF THE INGREDIENTS THAT CAN REALLY MAKE SUPER EAGLES GREAT.

     
    • Ikeben4 1 week ago

      Please stop critiszing Rohr for playing Ighalo ahead of Osimen. Ighalo did not disappoint and equaled Yekini’s record of 5 goals scored in a single Afcon, which no other Nigerian striker has achieved in addtion to winning the golden boot. Victor Osimen is a great player and is still maturing.
      And will have a great opportunity to lead the Eagles in the near future. So about player being on the bench for a more experienced, in-form player is not new.

      Remember, Rohr has capped Victor about 3 times and he is yet to score in the Senior team. But Ighalo stated Afcon from the bench only to score himself back to the starting lineup.

      So now Ighalo has retired Victor can step up and be a better no 9.

       
      • Olusegun. B 1 week ago

        I totally agree with you over this. What Oshimen needs I’d to work harder should he wants to break into the strikers position. It’s not when you score for a club alone , he’s got to be consistent in goals for the national team
        Mind you junior Ajayi, okereke, Isaac Success are also to work hard now .should they be worthy to take over the mantle of top striker for Super Eagles..

         
    • Taofik komolafe 1 week ago

      Coaching in Nigeria is a thankless job, it is not strange to criticize our best hands when some groups of coaches are looking for job.Ask them to take over, Eagles will be humiliated and relegated to back seat again.

       
  • Olusegun. B 1 week ago

    Every player in each position of the national team needs to buckle up. Those who can play set pieces should know that it is not when they come to the national team that they should be playing it
    They should also do likewise in their club sides. We need everybody in the positions to be completely ready

     
    • Ofcourse,you think they are playing ludo in their clubs? Many of them are working even harder than the Rashfords and Sterlings who are young and making headlines.
      Don’t always trust the news from every European media,zero in on the players themselves and see for yourselves. Look at my boy Ndidi,you won’t believe he was the best tacker in the Premier League last season and also terrific last two seasons. That is he can be called d best 4 in England and by extension arguably the best 4 in d world.
      But generally you can see he’s not getting the rave reviews,he deserves. You remember when Kante reigned? His name was constantly in our faces. This is the reality of what a lot of African players face in Europe.I nor like to too blame Europe set, afterall he who plays the piper dictates, it’s tune.
      WHAT I REALLY DON’T LIKE is having this impression that our players are lazy,just because the European press doesn’t sing their name,we must be properly guided please.

       
  • Omo9ja 1 week ago

    Is this not Osemeh coach benched at the Afcon?

    Is this not a player that deserves to be one of our main strikers in Egypt?

    Age has nothing to do but talent.
    Oga Rohr keep wasting Nigerian talents for nothing.

    The callous Amaju keep playing politics game with our football.

    Aribo is a good player to replace Mikel but Oga Rohr is not going to call him to camp.

    How about Adi and the rest of them? He won’t call them to camp.
    So, what do we expect from Super Eagles under coach Rohr? Absolutely average performances in every competition.

    This is too annoying. God bless Nigeria!!!

     
    • PeePee 1 week ago

      I still remember, before the AFCON, Onuachu of Mityland became an anthem for you and truly, when d time was riped, Coach Rohr invited him. Accepted, the guy na fine striker but not every good player hits the ground running immediately in national colours, some mature with time after being around for sometime; another example is Chigozie Awaziem, who many wrote out except Coach Rohr and you saw how d bobo performed in Egypt. Same will happen to Onuachu but I doubt whether people like you will ever allow the guy to blossom. Coming to Victor Osimeh, same Coach Rohr you are criticising saw the potential in the guy and invited him to the national team even when he wasn’t playing in Wolfsburg. He was among the players beaten 2-0 by Bafana Bafana in Uyo then; yet, same Rohr kept him around. Thank the coach played him in the 3rd place match against Tunisia for all to see that the guy still needs to mature in the national team. After all, we saw what he did against Libya in AFCON U23 qualifiers but Super eagles na still Super eagles noow!
      Meanwhile, his appearance in AFCON will lift his game both at club level.
      So Omonaija, for once, appreciate your coach, not whine and cry like a baby all the time.

       
    • Oakfield 1 week ago

      @omo9ja,What then is ur point, this crazy idiot??? Can u just respect ur generation and stop typing rubbish?! What is your problem. I’m beginning to realize that u’re a very,very sick person. So, rohr wouldve left ighalo for osimhen??? Who won the golden boot in the just concluded afcon and even during the qualifiers? Just take a look at your foolishness and stupidity…

       
  • Pompei 1 week ago

    The Ighalo that Rohr started ahead of Osimhen did not disappoint us na. Ighalo ended up with the golden boot! That by itself justifies Rohr’s decision. But there are other things Ighalo brings to the table. For instance, Ighalo’s ability to play with his back to goal. His ability to create space for others in and around the box. His ability to DEFEND FROM THE FRONT. Most coaches will still start a striker with these attributes, even if he is not scoring regularly. E.g. France coach Didier Deschamps is ready to die with Olivier Giroud even though Giroud is not a regular scorer, because Giroud brings other qualities that Deschamps values highly in his playing system. Ighalo was in good scoring form, had skill, experience, physical strength, etc. It would have been tough to bench a player like that, for a rookie, talented though Osimhen is. My solution would have been to play 2 strikers, so Ighalo has a strike partner. We all saw the havoc Ighalo caused in the premier league when he partnered Troy Deeney in Watford’s attack. If Ighalo had played with one of Osimhen or Onuachu, I think Nigeria would have scored more goals at he Afcon. Going forward, we need to think seriously about playing 2 strikers upfront. The lone striker thing is not working like we want. When we play one striker up front, he is often isolated and completely neutralised, which is why in some of our games, it looked like we had no attack. I think playing 2 quick, qhysically strong, intelligent strikers solves this problem. Even Yekini had a strike partner in Amokachi or Siasia. At the 1996 Olympics, Kanu had Amokachi playing with him upfront. Currently, we’ve got good strikers performing well in Europe. The best four of these in my opinion (which is fallible) are Osimhen, Akpom, Okereke, and Onuachu (yes, Onuachu. I have not given up on him yet). We can also keep an eye on guys like Simy Nwankwo, Dessers, Iheanacho, Success, and any others who are doing well. In upcoming friendly games, the best among these should be selected, and let’s try playing 2 strikers up front. My ideal line up will be 4-1-3-2.
    A good, solid goalkeeper in goal.
    Ebuehi/Awaziem, Ekong, Omeruo/Balogun, Aina/Collins
    Ndidi/Semi Ajayi
    Ckukwueze/Kalu, Etebo/Aribo, Musa/Iwobi
    Osimhen/Akpom, Okereke/Onuachu
    This starting line up with a strong bench will produce the kind of results Nigerians crave.

     
    • Glory 1 week ago

      Nice one @ Pompei.

       
    • @Pompei it is clear that you, will not see sense in any criticism directed at Rohr but Rohr failed some players and in all honesty if it wasn’t for the calls of us fans Chukwueze would have also been Overlooked by Rohr but I bthinl Rohr failed players like Osimhen and Onyekuru. that game Against algeria was crying for a speedy point man like Oshimhen to challenge the Algerian Defence. ANd also it is not fair just to through them into the deep end he would have blended Osimhen in right from the Group stages like the game against Madagascar or the 75th minute in other group stage games then by the time Knockouts comes Osimhen will be a ready weapon yes it is true Ighalo did well but there were many games in the Afcon Ighalo went cold and overstayed his welcome on the pitch.

       
      • Pompei 7 days ago

        Ugo Iwunze, fa fa fa, foul! I see plenty of sense in criticism directed at Rohr, as long as it is constructive, and devoid of insults and curses. I myself do not always agree with Rohr’s decisions. The biggest disagreement I have with Rohr is in the goalkeeping department! But one thing we are pretty much guaranteed with Rohr is that the days of coaches sharing match bonus with players, or serving as player agents, are gone! At least as long as Rohr remains coach. Under Rohr, we have seen nothing but meritorious selection. Which Ighalo went cold and overstayed his welcome on the pitch? It is easy to see Ighalo’s shortcomings. It is even easier to ignore the fact that Ighalo had very little service throughout the tournament, yet still managed to dig out 5 goals. Even in the Afcon qualifiers, the service was not up to speed. Yet, Ighalo still got goals. The baffling thing is we have good wingers. If Ighalo had good, consistent service, his goal return would probably be double what it currently is. If Ighalo was not good, why did Barcelona inquire of his services recently? I’m a huge fan of Osimhen, and I have no doubt that he has every opportunity to be Nigeria’s main hitman very soon. However, at the last Afcon, Rohr’s decision to bench him for Ighalo was on point. Benching Ighalo would have ruined so many things, given the formation and tactics Rohr uses. The solution, like I said earlier, was to provide Ighalo with a strike partner. My fallible opinion was always that we don’t need more than one DM playing in front of the back four. Ndidi or Etebo can do this comfortably. But when we play two DMs, we sacrifice something going forward. Two strikers, or two AMs behind Ighalo, would have drastically changed the game. I wish Rohr would take these suggestions into consideration for our next matches.

         
        • Something interesting between you and Ugo.
          @Ugo says Ighalo went cold in many games,you invariably agree with this submission, but for you THE MOST IMPORTANT THING is what made him grow cold– not enough service.
          Na wa for argument oh.

          @Ugo is saying he’s cold,sub him off,while @Pompei is saying cold is not his fault give him fuel,he would fire.

          From Pompey’s perspective,Ighalo was overachieving based on the little service he had. From Ugo’s perspective,that overachievement left him tired around the 65th minute of most matches,so he ought to have been subbed on time. Infact, as far as @ Ugo is concerned since there is little service, you need a striker with more pace to exploit spaces and run unto balls faster,that way the low service can be maximized.That’s where he enters Osimhen.

          Now @ Pompey will say,correct this thing from the root give Ighalo more support. Although for me,a man that is tired(esp the man in question I know well) is tired,if he’s tired at the 70th minute,tweaking the formation to help him will hardly change anything.See factually, Ighalo is at least 35yrs.

          But Pompei insists that the root be handled primarily.Meaning at the start of a match Ighalo should be given support- two strikers or two AMs.

          Alas under Rohrs default philosophy both of you,though brilliant,but brilliantly in the wrong.
          @Ugo, Osimhen is not his spec of a number nine,Onuachu was the next best fit(just that Onuachu failed him).
          @Pompei,that style is strange to Rohr, at least then,because(you can refer to my post below).

          Infact another responder said,since Igholo didn’t get enough service,the real root is the person who set up the team like that,so that person should vacate the post. Hehehe na wa eh.
          Choi!

           
          • Pompei 5 days ago

            Oge, you don analyse us finish oooo. Nice one. If the style is strange to Rohr, then he must learn a new trick by force. Nobody is too old to learn. It is never too late to learn. If he is not willing to improve, then we can start thinking of replacing him, but his replacement must be able to continue where he left off, and maintain our upward trajectory. But the Rohr we know will welcome the opportunity to improve. So, it would be good if we allow him to continue! Anyway, that is what makes debating so interesting. People looking at issues from different perspectives. If Ugo was not so given to insults and curses, he would have been someone I might have enjoyed debating with here. But I just can’t tolerate insults and curses, towards Rohr, myself or others. Today, Ugo addressed me without insult, and I replied him in good faith. Let’s keep the debates insult-free, and boy, we will have lots of fun in this forum!

             
          • [email protected] Pompei,it could be this interesting.

            Well conversely,the Rohr we know is very resistant to change.However,like I’ve been saying we can stay positive as we keep applying due pressure.

            For insults,as a rule,replying an insult with an insult is no lasting solution.
            Wisdom quote:A gentle answer turneth away wrath.

            Yep similarly,insult-free debate is my call and message to all.
            Cheers

             
  • It is all about the coach . Tactics is the main thing. The liliputian coach knew wathat he wanted and he got it. . .some coaches do not know Wat dey want. So dey will continue to build . See ur under 23 team 35 man in camp . Just to assemble 18 good guys to play a game so important. One guy left lille another one came in and he is already performing. Nff shud be professional with Wat dey give Nigeria as a country

     
  • Pompei 1 week ago

    Earlier today, I saw the Rangers vs Hibs game. Aribo and Seyi Ojo both started for Rangers, and both were very good. Rangers routed Hibs 6-1. What a performance from Seyi Ojo! The lad has always impressed me from his Liverpool days. I wasn’t surprised that Steven Gerrard took him to Rangers. If we are raving about Chukwueze, then Ojo should be getting a major look in, because having Ojo is like having another Chukwueze! Playing Ojo and Chukwueze on the wings pretty much takes us back to the 1990s glory days. In my earlier comment, I advocated for playing 2 strikers. I also think a one striker scenario would work if we had two good box to box midfielders in a 4-1-4-1 formation. Referencing my previous line up, I would go with:
    The same back four
    Ndidi playing a DM role
    Chukwueze, Aribo, Iwobi, Ojo (I selected Aribo and Iwobi as box to box midfielders, but Etebo is also in the running here)
    Osimhen to lead the line.
    This is a mass attack, mass defence type formation that Man City is known for. A system Algeria used successfully at the just concluded Afcon. You can imagine that Mahrez, a Man City player, had a lot to do with Algeria adopting this formation. It can be very effective if the right personnel are used, and the good news is we certainly have the players to pull it off! Whatever system we use, as long as we keep the selection merit based, we should be fine.

     
  • Osimhen scored a healthy amount of goals last season in Belgium and he has followed that up with a blistering brace yesterday. He is a world cup winner (under 17) and also a golden Boot winner in the same tournament.

    For one so young, he is already a Nigeria International with Afcon Bronze to boast about.

    I pray that Osimhen maintains a calm head and to continue to imbibe fantastic work ethics.

    I have seen enough of this lad to conclude that, all things being equal, he has enough to become like the Lewandoskis, Harry Kanes and Tore Andre Flos of this world.

    But that will not happen if he allows he current blistering form gets to his head.

    Also, praising him blindly with highlighting areas of his game where he can improve is folly to me.

    We need to help this kid continuously improve with constructive feedback.

    We potentially have something special in our hands ; this kid can go places.

     
  • PapaFem 1 week ago

    People should stop this rubbish, condemning Rohr’s decision to start Ighalo ahead of Osimhen. Which sane coach will start a player that hasn’t had a single full cap for the national team, not to talk of a single goal, ahead of a veteran with 6 or 7 goals in the qualifiers and another 5 in the tournament proper?

    Is it the freshness of the boy that is intoxicating us, or his ability in Super Eagles jersy?

    By every standard, Ighalo is shoulder above every other striker Nigeria has now, if we want to go by the number of goals scored in the last two years.

    I know people screaming Paul Onuachu early this year, but have kept quiet since his dismal performance at AFCON.

    Club football is different from what obtains at the national team level. You really have to master the terrain before you can apply your talent. Ighalo has done the two. Reason he’s better than those names you’re dropping.

    Osimhen should start creating his own space, now that Ighalo has left the scene. But up to this point, national-team- wise, he’s not better than Ighalo. And Rohr was right benching him for the latter.

     
  • Asoko Emmanuel 1 week ago

    @Deo, Papafem&Pompei I sincerely single u guys out for praise as true examples of how one should criticise which omo9ga should learn.Omo9ga stop hanging on Rohrs neck as being the only one who has got some learning to do.You much more than any one need to learn some lessons.Omo9ga you lack all inclusive analysis and your post is bereaved of information.
    First,you should know that Pepe ranks amongst the top players to score more than 20 goals in the top fives leagues in Europe yet did not play much in the last nations cup.
    Secondly,like Pompei said Igalo did not disappoint in his role and surpassed the expectation of the likes of u and rightly retired cos of wicked and senseless destroyers like you.
    Thirdly,You saw Onuachu’ s performance at the nation’s cup after he was given ample opportunity by the coach,not cos he’s a bad player but cos national team is a different kettle of fish all together.
    Lastly,Igalo is still baba of them all no matter wat and how u gang up against him and I wish for his reture to the national team as the young ones still need to learn from him.Go look at the quality of the goals he scored at the tournament and the quality of assist to Iwobi against Carmeroun,such is the quality seen that Barcelona went after him had he not rejected it.So it is either u don’t know wat u r saying or you r simply perverting it cos even when Osimhen was not playing regularly for his club Rohr kept inviting him,now the boy is reaping the lessons from invitations which is learning from the big boys.He will have the coaches to tank for this.
    Pls we should be analytical with our post so we can learn from them.

     
  • Rohr failed some players and in all honesty if it wasn’t for the calls of us fans Chukwueze would have also been Overlooked by Rohr but I bthinl Rohr failed players like Osimhen and Onyekuru. that game Against algeria was crying for a speedy point man like Oshimhen to challenge the Algerian Defence. ANd also it is not fair just to through them into the deep end he would have blended Osimhen in right from the Group stages like the game against Madagascar or the 75th minute in other group stage games then by the time Knockouts comes Osimhen will be a ready weapon yes it is true Ighalo did well but there were many games in the Afcon Ighalo went cold and overstayed his welcome on the pitch.

     
  • Obidee 7 days ago

    Guys is abt freedom of speech… We re have our different opinions… Pls no fighting or insulting each other..I hail u all Guy’s.. One love

     
  • Omo9ja 7 days ago

    @Ugo Iwunze, God bless you bro. You have spoken my mind.

    I don’t need to exchange words with anybody. This Oga Rohr and his fans are just wasting Super Eagles time.

    Ighalo did his best but he wasn’t the kind of striker Nigeria needs. As a good coach, Ighalo shouldn’t be playing 90 minutes.

    I don’t have time to talk wela today. God bless Nigeria!!!

     
    • Pompei 7 days ago

      So, a striker who is good enough for Barcelona is not the kind of striker Nigeria needs? Omo Congo, your matter don pass DON’T BE SILLY! Ahn ahn! This mind you claim to have, use it a little bit na! How can you even criticize a striker who won the golden boot in a tournament as tough as the Afcon, knowing fully well that he got very little service? Very few crosses from the wings, or passes from midfield? Even CR7 would struggle without service. Nobody said Ighalo has attained perfection. But to say he is substandard for Nigeria is just plain wrong!

       
  • Omo9ja 7 days ago

    “knowing fully well that he got very little service? Very few crosses from the wings, or passes from midfield”

    Whose fault? Me or the coach? What is the coach still doing with team then?

    A team that couldn’t put one or two passes together and the man have been in charge of the team for over 3years now??? Are you Super kidding me?

    If I go by your comment and I’m in charge of our football, I will fire the coach today.

    Coach Dennerby that haven’t spent 2 years with Falcons, we saw how his team played at the world and he won Afcon less than a year. He also won Wafu before the world cup.

    He took Falcons to the second round at the world cup.

    Coach Dennerby didn’t know much about Falcons still, he did very well with the team.

    When I’m pointing holes in Oga Rohr’s team or his tactics, you people always getting angry. Why?

    Whether good or bad, coach Rohr must be accepted. Who does that?

    Is he not getting paid for his Services? If the answer is yes then, I have a right to complained. Well, you people can’t fault me for telling the truth, that is the truth of the matter.

    I’m not satisfied with his Services and so does Nigerians. We can’t continue like this. I appreciate his efforts but it will be great for our football if he can go now.

    I’m very loyal to my Country Nigeria. Ah, I love my Country too much. However, I’m not here to put anybody down. I love coach Rohr but he can’t do more than his capacity. You supporters club of coach Rohr have been asking what the coach doesn’t have.

    Is it possible for him to deliver it? Well, the time will tell but it’s going to be too late then. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

     
  • Pompei 7 days ago

    You said – “A team that couldn’t put one or two passes together and the man have been in charge of the team for over 3years now???”
    That sentence is basically a snapshot of what is wrong with your criticism of Rohr. Your criticism is devoid of facts, and is highly sensationalized. We don’t play like Barcelona of Xavi era. Those guys could use passing to hypnotize their opponents. Passing was a weapon for that team.However, we are not as poor as you claim! If Rohr is so bad, why are his results so good? Why are other teams pursuing him? Look at all the young lads we have in the team. How many coaches in the past were brave enough to use young ones? Back then, all we hear is WAIT FOR YOUR TIME. With Rohr, if you’re good enough, your time is now! Which is why someone like Chukwueze has the opportunity to shine. You will never see that. All you see all the time is the negatives. Rome was not built in a day. Like Westerhof before him, Rohr needs time to get the team to become what Nigerians want. He has had 3 years, and we have seen tangible progress. Why not let him continue? If he must go, why not replace him with a proven, world class coach? You keep talking of Dennerby. No disrespect to Dennerby, but if he is a candidate for the SE job, I don’t see what he will bring to the table that Rohr doesn’t have. I’d rather continue with MR SLOW AND STEADY than RUSH BACK INTO THE DARK AGES with an unknown, unproven coach!!!

     
  • Firstly,may it be crystal clear that a better coach,than Rohr is not even nearly a difficult project to embark on,let’s not be doing as if we are hit the ‘a bird in hand is worth two in the bush’ syndrome.

    “With Rohr, if you’re good enough, your time is now!–Pompei.
    Your above statement is correct if and only if we strictly use his philosophy as a context. I’m glad in your previous comment,you spoke with reference to his philosophy.

    Even your suggestion that he could have paired someone with Ighalo(which is brilliant) still negates his philosophy.You would be given him a problem he doesn’t like in the defensive phase of our game.I think,we should have his philosophy at our finger tips.When I got to understand his philosophy I ceased from overworking myself.We must appreciate that he his an old man and he has a rather fixed blueprint on how the round leather game should pan out. He is quite akin to Berti Vogts,frankly they seek to play a system that doesn’t run in our blood.We must know that there is the Nigerian way of playing- that’s a fact. This way is what them Osimhen played in the age grade competitions. So normally those players should fit into the SuperEagles.

    But there is an abnormal situation with a coach who prefers a Giroud to a Ruud Van Nisteroy anyday! I mean anyday!I know he would have absolutely loved a Yakubu.That’s philosophy talking,not Nisteroy’s fault.

    But we are ‘stuck’ with him but it’s not all gloom and doom,we are actually forcing his hand gradually.
    We screamed against Onazi,he refused but alas it became clear to him.In the Worldcup we questioned why Mikel should play in front of Etebo.Etebo was losing the ball in dangerous areas(near the defence) because,he is no where near an assistant defensive midfielder (where Rohr was playing him),he is an attacking midfielder or a big-time box-box midfielder. Siasia didn’t use Etebo like how Rohr did in that WorldCup.By the way that age-grade Siasia team played the Nigerian way- I repeat there is a Nigerian way. Part of the reason Rohr used Etebo wrongly was his stubborness in sticking with Onazi,when he ought to have since been looking out for a proper deputy to him.Anyway that’s history and today the coach now knows better on Etebo.For the nations cup the gaffer later saw reason to play Iwobi through the middle(which was not in the gaffer’s original plan).All these are evidences of some success in forcing his hand.
    People also say,if not for their scream for Chukwueze to play,he would have been left on the bench to keep learning. Well,I don’t know.

    What I’m saying is, since we are ‘stuck’ with him,let’s keep voicing out constructive talk. It’s not ideal to teach an old dog new tricks,but it isn’t altogether impossible. Ighalo’s retirement,I think is a blessing in disguise in this regard.The Bayern Munich training course he was to embark on. All these are things that will to help to force his hand.
    I wish him well.

     
    • Pompei 6 days ago

      Oge, thanks for your perspective. I think a possible solution is for Rohr to play ONE HOLDING MIDFIELDER in front of the back four, not two, as he currently prefers to do. We can switch back to two when we need to, for game management purposes, etc. But for most opponents, a good back four and a Makalele type holding midfielder should suffice for us defensively. Going forward, 3 AMs and 2 strikers, with the fullbacks bombing forward as well, will make our attack vibrant and potent. Most im[ortantly, the lead striker will have extra support, more people to interchange and maneuver with. Two AMs also serves this purpose. However, I don’t want Rohr to completely abandon his conservative, cautious system. That is a major reason for our success thus far, the fact that the Super Eagles under Rohr are not an easy team to score against.

       
      • Pompei 6 days ago

        Sorry, 3 AMs should actually read as 1 AM and 2 wingers.

         
        • My pleasure @Pompei.Your suggestion is taken and I repeat,it is brilliant.
          But it’s refreshing to understand the coach for who he is,not just what he does.
          I am positive his defensive nous and our attacking suggestion could fuse together healthily.
          That’s what I mean by “forcing his hand”.
          Yep I give it to him on that– “not an easy team to score against.”

           
      • Rhor us the problem not Ighalo.
        Rhor us too defensive and vert predictable.
        Rhor had 3 years and twi tournaments to change.
        He has not changed, he will never change.

         
  • If Se play against Enyimba, Rhor will stillplay defensive.
    As a matter of fact if SE is up against 9 men, Rhor will still play defensive.
    Do you win by defending alone?
    Rhor pls go to Congo or SA.
    Thank you.