Former technical director of then Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Tunde Disu has warned Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr to avoid employing wrong tactics against Cameroun in the Russia 2018 qualifiers on August 31.
Disu recounted that Rohr’s tactical formation against South Africa in the AFCON qualifiers was wrong, hence the Eagles’ 2-0 loss at home, and says that pattern should not be used again, adding that the Indomitable Lions of Cameroun would be more tactical.
Disu said that the players at the disposal of Rohr are good enough to accommodate another formation which is less probable to opposing teams.
He further warned Rohr to be wary of Cameroun’s threat, which he acknowledged could pose a huge obstacle to the Eagles’ World Cup qualification.
The Damman Miracle worker, en route to winning silver at Saudi ’89 World Youth Championship, stressed: “The formation used by Rohr during the AFCON qualifier against South Africa is wrong tactics. He cannot use a supporting striker as an arrow head when using 4-3-3.
“Rohr should know that Kelechi Iheanacho cannot spearhead attack, that is not his role and that is why he is roaming about during the match against South Africa without a shot at goal.
“I want them to sit down and analyze the match themselves, that system is faulty because most teams can now predict the formation.
“If we use that selection and tactics, we will be embarrassed. Rohr should align with the modern tactics of play rather than stick with the old play which will not benefit us. We are too predictable now.
“We cannot continue to use the 4-3-3 formation, it’s outdated and counterproductive. We should rather play 4-2-3-1 which is far better for the defenders.
“The players determine the system and not the system that determines the players. It is better to have two defensive midfielders in front of the defenders, maybe if there is an overlapping one.
“Playing 4-3-2-1 formation also means that we need intimidating strikers like the late Rashidi Yekini to torment the opposing teams. We have Gbolahan Salami before but I don’t know if he is not called.
“The lone striker may be very tall and strong to hold the ball up as his midfielders while full-backs join him in attack. The striker could also be very fast.
“African soccer is more physical and there is need for us to have a strong striker in the manner of Salami that can torment the defence of our opponent.”