In preparation for the international friendly against Mexico, the Super Eagles had a training match on Wednesday.
The match was especially interesting under the supervision of Austin Eguavoen and Paul Aigbogun.
Team A pipped Team B 1-0 at the FIFA Goal Project Centre.
Answering some questions and more, we take a look at the four most important lessons from the Team A’s win over Team B.
Lawal Murtala for Left-Back
After the training match today, it’s clear that Kwara United’s Lawal Murtala is Eguavoen’s best bet. He assisted Ibrahim Olawoyin’s winning goal.
With the durable Lawal at left-back, Eguavoen has the option to add some more creativity to his midfield.
The formation is dependent on intelligent full-backs, Lawal has shown he’s up for the job.
Shimaga Bossed the Midfield
Eguavoen likes to pair his more creative players with a tough-tackling, ball-winning anchor in midfield, and Shimaga has stepped up to fulfill this role perfectly.
On Wednesday, Shimaga was making tackles, winning possession and letting the opposing players know who’s boss.
This relieved Samuel Nnoshiri of his defensive duties and let him function in the space between the midfield and attack as a true No. 10.
Olawoyin was peerless
Olawoyin caused all sorts of troubles for Kazie Enyinnaya and easily dribbled him with ease.
The playmaker sprayed passes toward Lawal, Mohammed Zulkifilu and Charles Atshimene. He also posed an attacking threat by shooting from range and popped up with the winner.
Sunday Adetunji Is Key
Although Mohammed Zulkifilu played well during the practise match, it became clear in the game that Eagles needed more accuracy on the break.
For this reason, the invitation of Sunday Adetunji came at the right time.
In the formation, the wingets are supposed to provide width. This allows Adetunji to be more effective upfront.