By Jacob Ajom
Former Flying Eagles coach, Tunde Disu has advised Super Eagles handlers not to base their plan for the forthcoming 2018 World Cup qualifier against Cameroon on the Lions team that crashed out of the ongoing FIFA Confederations Cup.
Disu said that Gernot Rohr will be making a mistake if he believes his Cameroonian counterpart, Hugo Broos will be parading the same squad he took to Russia for the Confederation Cup. ”If we heard what the Cameroon coach said after the team crashed out of the Confederation Cup you will know that he would make changes.
“But the team that went to Russia was not as bad as the results. Against the Eagles things could be different,” Disu said.
The 2-0 loss the Eagles suffered against South Africa was another factor that bothers Disu. He believes because the Eagles played so badly and lost, their morale was at the lowest ebb. “It was so sad they lost,” he said. “They have to shrug off that loss and focus on the match against Cameroon because it is going to be a difficult match.”
He urged the players to up their game if they want to beat Cameroon. “They have to put the defeat to South Africa behind them and play their game,” Disu said.
He expressed worry that because the Super Eagles squad have very few offensive-minded midfielders, the team’s attack was ineffective.
“Mikel, Ndidi, Onazi all are defensive midfielders and it is affecting the team. They should show more aggressiveness and perfect their attacking play in order to become an all-conquering team,”the veteran coach said.
Asked if the players were not being put under pressure, Disu said, “they have to be told they need to work harder. They made us believe all was well only to collapse against South Africa. They have to be put under pressure to remind them that all is not well.”