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Rohr keen to toughen Eagles defence

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr is keen to strengthen his defence ahead of Nigeria’s campaign at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Gernot Rohr
Gernot Rohr

Rohr is still searching for options but this time around an extra central defender who has similar style to Mainz defence ace Leon Balogun, who for now is the stand-out player in Nigeria’s defence

Although Kenneth Omeruo impressed in last week’s friendly match against Argentina, which Eagles won 4-2,  Rohr appears not to be keen on him any more as he searches for a fourth defender aside Chidozie Awaziem, William Troost-Ekong and Balogun.

The coach who played the 3-5-2  formation against the two-time world champions in Russia, seems to be in favour of playing with a back four in his favourite 4-3-3- formation used in Nigeria’s qualifying games.

A central defender with the ability to play from the back is now the target of the coach, who is also looking for a top striker to complement Odion Ighalo in attack in games where he wants to play with a lone striker.

Onyekuru gets goal of the week nomination

Henry Onyekuru’s goal against Royal Excel Mouscron in the last round of matches in the Belgian First Division A was eye-catching enough to be a contender for the Goal of the Week award.

Top Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad has picked Onyekuru’s second half effort and strikes from Kaveh Rezaei (Charleroi) and Ruud Vormer (Club Brugge) as the best goals of the week in the Belgian top division.

As at the time of this report, Onyekuru was third in the poll with 13 percent, behind Vormer (68 percent) and Rezaei (19 percent).

With the game tied at 1-1, the Nigeria international combined with Algerian Sofiane Hanni to get free in the penalty area, before firing past goalkeeper Logan Bailly in the 80th minute.

The Everton loanee now has seven goals in fourteen appearances for Anderlecht in the regular season.

Onyekuru made his competitive debut for the Nigerian national team when he was introduced in the 71st minute of a World Cup qualifier against Algeria on November 10, 2017.


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