After eight games of the season, what have we learned about Nasarawa so far?
- Big game results remain a concern
Nasarawa United’s 1-0 defeat to Plateau United at the Jos international Stadium was a blow, but the Solid Miners continue to struggle in the ‘big’ games. Bala Nikyu’s men also struggled in the 2-1 defeat to Enyimba. With game against Rivers United coming up, we will see whether Nasarawa United have made any progress in the games that cost them last season.
- There is need to make radical changes to the back four
The Nasarawa United team have struggled to pick results in the last two games due to lack of coordination at back. There are good players like Tebo Franklin and Reuben Nicodemus at the backline. But there is need to make changes to that territory, or else more disaster looms.
- Chinedu Ohanachom has emerged as Nasarawa United’s most consistent player
Ohanachom has now made himself one of Nasarawa United’s key players this season. The three-goal hero may not get the praise of other players, but he is becoming an important part of the team.
- A better holding midfielder is needed
Nikyu has toyed with 4-4-2 this season, but whichever system he uses, it relies heavily on holding midfield. So far, he’s only really been able to use Ikenna Offor and Kattoh Haggai in front of the back four, and neither have really impressed this season. They keep the ball moving well but outside of that, they don’t track runners well enough and don’t win possession back to spring attack well enough. An improvement is needed.
- Abdullahi Abubakar’s struggles continue
Much was made of Abubakar’s poor performances in the last three games having failed to live up to expectations. He has often been used out at right back and that has – surprisingly – not worked.
- Silas Nwankwo will get better
Nwankwo is finally playing as a centre forward, and his pace and direct running has revitalised a Nasarawa United attack which was found wanting last season.