Okocha: Tremendous Eagles want pure offensive midfielders to succeed
The West African aspect have been struggling for the substitute of the 47-year-old since he known as time on his profession
Former Nigeria captain Jay-Jay Okocha believes the Tremendous Eagles want pure offensive midfielders to succeed.
The West African aspect haven’t discovered an attacking midfielder for the reason that retirement of the 47-year-old from the nationwide workforce in 2006.
The Tremendous Eagles have made do with John Obi Mikel, Joel Obi, Alex Iwobi and not too long ago Joe Aribo within the place however they struggled to stay as much as expectations.
Nigeria not too long ago managed to play two consecutive attracts towards lowly-rated Sierra Leone within the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Okocha, who had 73 caps for the Tremendous Eagles, has suggested on how Nigeria can take pleasure in higher performances of their subsequent video games.
“What the Eagles want now are pure midfielders who can create possibilities and alter the course of a sport,” Okocha instructed Brila FM.
“We want midfielders who can run at defenders and a decide their teammates with good passes,” Okocha mentioned throughout a radio programme.
“We now have good midfielders however not in at that stage for the time being. A few of them are simply scared and the truth that they’re being in comparison with the 1994 Eagles brings a little bit of stress on them.”
Okocha additionally expressed his satisfaction with the Tremendous Eagles supervisor Gernot Rohr since he took over in 2016.
The German tactician guided Nigeria to the 2018 World Cup in Russia and led the aspect to complete third on the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
“For now, I’ll rating him seven out of 10 as a result of when he got here in, issues weren’t regular, and he has steadied the ship now,” he continued.
“He inherited an deserted workforce, and so for now, he’s following his personal route. He has created his personal workforce.
“However everyone knows soccer is about outcomes, after all, if the outcomes don’t go his manner, our folks will criticise him, you recognize everyone in Nigeria is a coach.
“But when outcomes go his manner, after all, we’ll reward him. Even in case you are the very best coach, when you don’t get outcomes, you’ll be beneath stress.”
The previous Bolton Wanderers captain additionally threw his weight behind the latest contract extension handed to Rohr by the Nigeria Soccer Federation (NFF) and believes it would assist the Tremendous Eagles’ stability.
“I’m in help of the contract extension as a result of for each nation to achieve success, you want continuity, and also you want route,” he added.
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