Super Eagles’ 25-man Africa Cup of Nations squad: Five biggest issues facing Peseiro highlighted

Super Eagles’ 25-man Africa Cup of Nations squad: Five biggest issues facing Peseiro highlighted

Super Eagles' 25-man Africa Cup of Nations squad: Five biggest issues facing Peseiro highlighted

While Nigeria’s 25-man AFCON roster contains proven talents, a closer inspection reveals key deficiencies that could derail their lofty title hopes. There exist pressing questions for manager Jose Peseiro to address.

 

In attack, over-dependence on Victor Osimhen’s scoring threatens to blunt Nigeria if injuries hit.

 

None of Iheanacho, Umar or Boniface offer a tested Plan B at the No 9. Additionally, the squad lacks a creative spark like an Okocha-style classic playmaker to provide incisive chances.

 

An injury to Wilfred Ndidi at the defensive midfield during the course of the tournament may risk exposure given his world class protection. Without cover for Ndidi, issues emerge over who shields the unconvincing centre-back options.

 

Out wide also brings issues over the left back role in particular. Neither Zaidu or Aina convince currently at filling the problem position, with Bruno Onyemaechi yet to convince the coach on reasons why he should be considered for a starting berth. 

 

This leaves an obvious weak link other teams could exploit. 

 

Furthermore, for a young side , the pressure and expectations appear…

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