Libya Vs NIG: 4 Lessons Gernot Rohr Must Learn
The Super Eagles perched atop the Group E of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series for the first time after a hard–fought 3-2 win over Libya in Sfax on Tuesday night.
Gladdening as the development is, there is still some level of worry particularly as it concerns the Technical bench of the Super Eagles led by Coach Gernot Rohr.
For many, the away win recorded by Nigeria on Tuesday was more of an escape and not a testimony of careful strategies.
That is not to say that Rohr deserves no accolade for 3-2 win, that said Bounce Sports highlights 4 factors we hope the Franco-German tactician can learn from going forward especially in the looming top of the table clash against South Africa next month in Johannesburg.
Silly Late Substitutions
While many may differ on what Rohr has been doing rightly or wrongly, there seems to be a consensus that the Eagles’ manger is rather conservative in his approach and he is often slow in making substitutions during matches.
In most cases, the substitutions; if they finally come often leave much to be desired as the purpose is often defeated.
That was the case in Tuesday’s game as Rohr for inexplicable reasons decided to stick with this tiring starting XI when it was glaring to all that fresh legs were needed especially in the midfield role.
Thankfully, Ighalo came to the rescue; saving the coach his blushes and also giving him the bragging rights that his faulted tactics is yielding the needed results.
Better Game management and match reading
Quite related to the first point, Rohr hasn’t shown he is up to speed in terms of game management and match reading.
While that is not totally a sin, it becomes a grave one when there are no personnel on the bench to carry out that primary function.
Till tomorrow, many will tell you that poor game management contributed largely to Nigeria’s early exit from the World Cup as the Super Eagles had enough quality to hold Argentina to a draw.
In Tuesday’s game Ndidi not Etebo ought to have been subbed now the Leicester star will not travel to South Africa after a late booking.
Against a South African side quite tactical and physical, Rohr will need to put on his thinking cap or perhaps tell his backroom staff to be up and doing in the aspect of match reading and game management.
Players’ shoddy treatment
While playing time cannot be guaranteed for all invited players, the way it is being done is very important.
Some claim that Rohr has some form of elite mentality and would take a level-headed person to understand his decisions.
It is quite unimaginable that Moses Simon, who plies his trade in the La Liga, flew from Spain for both legs to miss out on match-day squad twice.
Also, on the bases of form at his club, many would wonder why a player like Iheanacho did not get a single minute of playing time over the two legs.
Should not pitch his players against media and fans
It is needless for Rohr to be throwing shades at fans and the media for criticizing the likes of Ighalo.
Indeed, people who criticized Ighalo before the Libya double header were justified because as our No 9 the China-based striker wasn't scoring but with his recent form everyone is singing his praises so that settles it.
No need playing up that Ighalo has shut his critics every time you are in front of the camera Mr. Rohr!
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