John Fashanu has blamed coach of the Super Eagles Stephen Keshi’s tactics as the reason why Nigeria lost to Congo at home.
The ex England International said Keshi’s tactics from the start cost the Eagles dearly in the game.
“Stephen Keshi is one coach I admire a lot, but his tactics in the first half, and the players he selected cost Nigeria the game, “ he said.
“I understand the idea of resting players because of the South Africa game, but leaving your best striker (Emenike) out, and starting with a player (Nwofor), who strikes no fear into the minds of the opposition, was a gamble that backfired.”
The former Wimbledon captain said for the Eagles to be at the Nations Cup next year in Morocco, Keshi needs to work on the defence line, which was shaky yesterday.
“It’s not looking good at the moment, but from what we saw in the second half, the Super Eagles are a good side in attack, but defensively there are so many issues.
“All the goals Congo scored are avoidable with some simple basics, but they weren’t there, if we are to be at the Nations Cup next year then a whole lot of work needs to be done on the defence.”
Speaking on Wednesday’s game against South Africa, Fashanu said the game plan should be about not conceding first before anything else.
“They should focus more on not conceding early because if they concede, the hangover of the defeat to Congo will demoralise them further.
“We have a good record against South Africa, but we must approach them with respect more than ever as they are on a high, winning 3-0 away, a new coach, a new mentality, they will be aiming to re-write history.”