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Eagles’ defence should be 100 per cent alert, says Sofoluwe

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(Top L to R) Nigeria’s goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi, Nigeria’s forward Odion Ighalo, Nigeria’s midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, Nigeria’s defender Kenneth Omeruo, Nigeria’s defender William Ekong, Nigeria’s defender Chidozie Awaziem,(bottom L to R) Nigeria’s forward Moses Simon, Nigeria’s defender Olaoluwa Aina, Nigeria’s midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo, Nigeria’s forward Alex Iwobi and Nigeria’s forward Ahmed Musa pose for a group picture during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Round of 16 football match between Nigeria and Cameroon at the Alexandria Stadium in the Egyptian city on July 6, 2019. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP)

EX- Nigerian international, Yisa Sofuluwe has warned the Super Eagles’ defence to be 100 per cent focused when they battle the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in the quarterfinal cracker this evening.

Sofuluwe submitted that the Eagles almost lost to Cameroon in the round of 16 game due to the complacency of the defenders, who were sometimes careless with the ball.

He noted that the game against South Africa would be tough, stressing that the Super Eagles should not give their opponents any room to make their intelligent passes as they did against hosts, Egypt.

Sofuluwe tasked the Eagles to see the quarterfinal match as another opportunity to prove that they were on track to win the AFCON.

He commended the team for striving hard to remain in contention for the trophy after the defeat by Madagascar.

“Some of the mistakes in the Cameroon game might not be corrected based on the formation of South Africa. They play as a unit and it would be tough for the Eagles to curtail them.

“The Eagles should not allow them to make dangerous passes around the 18-yard box. They need to be 100 percent focused to beat South Africa.

“I believe Nigerian players must have watched their game against Egypt and picked out the right approach to deploy against them. The match would not be easy for the Eagles, but I am sure with the right tactics the Eagles will succeed,” he said.


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