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Sports News of Thursday, 10 June 2021


Rohr doesn't perform in friendlies among things we learnt in Cameroon vs Nigeria

Gernot Rohr Gernot Rohr

Cameroon vs Nigeria shared the spoils in the second friendly game played between the two West African neighbours in Austria.

The Super Eagles created the better chances in the game but failed to score as Gernot Rohr's side failed to play a draw against the Indomitable Lions.

It was a disappointing result for Gernot Rohr's men by their standards and a major shakeup has to be done in preparation for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers which will begin in October.

Here are the things we learnt in the game:

1. Rohr does not perform in friendlies - The stats do not lie, one win out of the last nine and five victories in 15 friendlies since he became coach of the Super Eagles in 2015, it is nothing to write home about.

The German gaffer is the longest-serving coach in Nigeria's history but results like this, it does not put him on the same level as past top coaches Clemens Westerhof, Stephen Keshi and Shuaibu Amodu.

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2. Players should be used in the positions of their strength - Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi were played out of position in the first leg but the second leg was a much different affair.

The Leicester City forward usually plays behind Jamie Vardy at club level because of his limited pace while Iwobi prefers the central midfield position which brought out the best in them.

Rohr can not afford to be experimenting with players in positions that will not bring out the best in them, at this level of the game, the coach should put round pegs in round holes.

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