The Flying Eagles bounced back from their 4-2 defeat against Brazil on Monday to post an impressive victory over Korea DPR on Thursday in their second Group E game of the 2015 U20 World Cup.
Completesportsnigeria.com's IZUCHUKWU OKOSI here brings you the three things he learned from the game.
1. Flying Eagles Lack Rhythm Without Iheanacho, Yahaya.
Coach Manu Garba seemed to have listened to Nigerian football faithful who were not impressed by the performances of the duo of Kelechi Iheanacho and Musa Yahaya in the team's 4-2 reverse against Brazil on Monday.
The former Gombe United coach dropped the creative stars in preference for Bernard Bulbwa and Godwin Saviour.
The effect was that the team lacked the cutting edge to break down the Koreans in the first half due to the lack of a creative hub for the team.
Saviour indeed scored two goals in the second half but coach Manu Garba could have got more from his team if either Iheanacho or Yahaya had started the game-to operate from the flanks at least.
2. Defence Still Suspect
The Flying Eagles may not have conceded on Thursday but there is still cause for concern for the Eagles backline as the Koreans still made incursions into their vital area.
The Koreans targeted the full backs who always bombed forward thereby leaving spaces for the Asians to exploit.
The central defensive pair of Wilfred Ndidi and Zaharadeen Bello are astute at their game but there are still rough edges noticed. They are still guilty of the occasional absent-mindedness and that is something the coaches must work on.
3. Sokari Can be Leader of the Team
Enyimba midfielder Kingsley Sokari was instrumental in the team's victory on Thursday. The skilful Sokari made key passes for his attacking teammates and capped his performances with a powerful screamer that made the score stand at 3-0.
Sokari was a joy to watch against Korea DPR and could be the jigsaw in the midfield that will see Nigeria advance to the latter stages of the tournament.Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.