Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has explained the reason behind his decision to start Kevin Akpoguma at right-back ahead of Ola Aina, Tyronne Ebuehi and Chidozie Awaziem in the side’s 4-4 draw against Sierra Leone, reports Completesports.com.
Akpoguma put up a shambolic display against the Leone Stars , who clawed their way back from 4-0 down to earn a point in the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture.
Rohr stated that Akpoguma’s aerial prowess and physicality were the reasons he was picked ahead of the other defenders.
“He is good in the air and against the tall strikers of Sierra Leone, who like the long balls, he is much better than Ola Aina or Tyronne,” Rohr explained.
“I saw that Kevin Akpoguma was one of the best defenders yesterday, so I don’t believe it was a problem for the team.
“The problem for the team were other mistakes, there were some individual mistakes – losing balls too easily, not being in position behind.”
The Super Eagles will take on the Leone Stars in the reverse fixture at the Siaka Stevens Stadium, Freetown next week Tuesday.
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