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Eagles plan Iheanacho, Musa attack against Iceland


Players (Back row, From L) Nigeria’s goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, Nigeria’s defender William Troost-Ekong, Nigeria’s midfielder Onyinye Ndidi, Nigeria’s defender Leon Balogun, Nigeria’s forward Victor Moses and Nigeria’s midfielder John Obi Mikel (Front row, From L) Nigeria’s defender Brian Idowu, Nigeria’s forward Alex Iwobi, Nigeria’s forward Odion Jude Ighalo, Nigeria’s defender Abdullahi Shehu and Nigeria’s midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo pose for the team photo prior to the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Croatia and Nigeria at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad on June 16, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE

Nigeria could adopt a changed formation when they meet Iceland in their second group game of the Russia 2018 World Cup on Friday.

Rohr expressed his dissatisfaction with the Super Eagles attack on Saturday against Croatia and hinted that Odion Ighalo will start from the bench in the game on Friday.

Chief among the changes is the introduction of a two-man attack featuring Ahmed Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho with Victor Moses and Alex Iwobi playing from the wings.


“Our attack was inefficient today … you cannot score when you don’t shoot.

“Alex Iwobi did well in the beginning and later Ahmed Musa came, bringing his speed to the match, he has his chances, perhaps, to start the next game, we will see.”

Rohr admitted that Nigeria’s midfield was outmuscled by the experienced Croatians, adding, however, that he would stick with the Mikel, Etebo and Ndidi combinations.

The trio is playing together for the first time, and according to Rohr, that made coordination a bit difficult.

“We will work on the transition from midfield to attack. We have a chance to do better on Friday,” he said.

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