Adepoju: Eagles Failed Against Madagascar Because Of Mikel, Ogu, Etebo Combination

Mutiu Adepoju, a former Nigeria international, has
expressed his disappointment at the Super Eagles’
2-0 defeat to Madagascar in Sunday’s AFCON 2019
Group B match, attributing it to Gernot Rohr’s use of
three defensive midfielders in the game, Completesports.com reports.

“It was a result I least expected from the Super
Eagles against Madagascar. It was also a performance
I never expected from them considering their
performances and results in their two previous
games,” Adepoju remarked. “They were poor and I’m totally disappointed.
Considering their previous games against Burundi and
Guinea, I expected a far much better Super Eagles
against against Madagascar.” “But that wasn’t to be and I’m sure every other
Nigerian is equally bruised emotionally by what they
say Eagles put up against Madagascar”.

The former Racing Santander of Spain forward refuses
to admit that the lethargic showing of three-time
African champions was down to to coach Gernot
Rohr’s near wholesome changes in the team’s
starting lineup. Rohr made five changes from the squad that
decimated Guinea 1-0 to ensure Super Eagles booked
a knockout stage ticket with a game to spare. “I don’t think so. But I think it has to do with the
inclusion of Mikel Obi, John Ogu and Oghenekaro Etebo
in the game,” Adepoju, nicknamed Head Master
during his playing days stated. ” Yes, they are all midfielders, but playing three
defensive midfielders at the same time could be
counter productive as it turned out. “There was no transition from defence to midfield,
no transition from midfield to attack and no supply
from the flanks”. The one time General Manager of Shooting Stars Sports
Club (3SC), posits that Super Eagles’ disappointing
performance against Madagascar has eroded
people’s confidence in them heading to the
knockout stages of the competition. “Yeah, when you lose a game you ought not lose,
when you don’t play up to the scratch as you should,
you certainly lose your supporters’ confidence. “The next opponents are going to be tougher
because they are likely going to be winners in their
group, and we couldn’t do well against Madagascar. “Its very unfortunate,” Adepoju submitted.

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