Siasia identifies Super Eagles' biggest problem

Super Eagles By: Linus Onyeze | 14/06/2018

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Former Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia has identified the goalkeeping department as Nigeria’s biggest problem at the World Cup.

The Eagles have gone to the World Cup with three goalkeepers with limited international experience and Siasia says it is that part of the team that will prove a problem for Nigeria.

“I am so worried about the goalkeeping because It has always been Francis Uzoho in goal throughout the warm-up games,” said former Super Eagles coach Siasia.

“My fear now is what if Uzoho got injured during or before the World Cup? I don’t think the coach has a serious trust in the two other goalkeepers (Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi).”

However, Siasia who guided the Super Eagles between 2010 and 2011 told SuperSports that Nigeria will still do well in the World Cup provided that the senior players are willing to give their best.

“Nigeria will do well in the World Cup if only the senior and experienced players will give their best on the pitch of play,” he predicted.

“These guys come out to play well in their various clubs. Look at Moses for instance,

“Moses at Chelsea comes back to help his team but in Nigeria he doesn’t do that and that is because he plays a different role in the Super Eagles squad.”

The coach went further to explain why Nigerians have not seen the best of Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho

“Iheanacho’s is a very crafty and creative player, but his problem is that the coaches don’t know the best area to play him,” he said.

“His best position is to play as a support-striker, but he doesn’t defend, who will defend for him? Except, the coach plays someone like Ndidi and Onazi behind him.”