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Siasia’s formation challenges Yobo

By John Egbokhan, Abuja
Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo has admitted that he was being challenged by Coach Samson Siasia’s defensive formation, that has seen him playing with two different central defenders in the two matches so far played under Siasia.

Yobo was paired with Efe Ambrose in central defence during the weekend’s 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia at the Abuja National stadium and for most part of the first half, both players struggled to jell, allowing the East African side to rattle them to the point that Ambrose was let off kindly by centre rereree Jedidi Slim of Tunisia for fouling an opponent in the 18 yard box.


Ambrose appeared to be the weaker link in the central defence, a point which to some extent affected Yobo’s first half performance and when queried on  his take on the experimentation by his coach, Yobo  said that time was of the essence to the success of the whole idea.

“We take it one game at a time. Winning is the most important thing right now and thank God that we won. It is the first competitive game for the coach and some players so it was bound to be challenging for some of us.

“The formation of two midfielders, four defenders and four forwards, is a work in progress. It is difficult coping with different defenders but whoever the coach chooses is his choice and one just has to work with the person and for the good of the team.

“We have to give the coach credit that we did not concede a goal and he is doing a good job”, added Yobo, who is on loan from Everton  at Fenerbahce of Turkey.


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