2018 World Cup Qualifier: Four Things Super Eagles Must Do To Beat Chipolopolo In Ndola

By Augustine Akhilomen

Nigeria's road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup will begin on Sunday with a daunting task against the Zambia in what is expected to be a mouth-watering encounter encounter in Ndola.

The team which is packed with youths like Manchester City's Kelechi Iheanacho and Arsenal's Alex Iwobi as well as experienced players such as Leicester City's Ahmed Musa and Chelsea's Mikel Obi, will be hoping to pocket the maximum points in a bid to be in total command of their group that also has Algeria and Cameroon in it.

Soccernet.com.ng's AUGUSTINE AKHILOMEN x-ray four things the Super Eagles must do if they are to claim the three points in Ndola on Sunday.

1. Keep the defence tight

The technical crew of the Super Eagles must ensure that the duo of William Paul Ekong and Kenneth Omeruo have a proper understanding and a high level of concentration so as to checkmate the attacking threats of  Collins Mbesuma, Nathan Sinkala and Rainford Kalaba, who are known for their pace and craftiness and sights for goals.

2. Avoid delay of passes

There is nothing wrong when a team build gradually from the backline, midfield to the attack. However, when there are certain delay of passes from any of these positions, it could cause a team lots of damage.
To this end, the  Super Eagles must have a quick vision of what they want to do with the ball without any form of dressing the ball around. A player like Mikel Obi must be told to release the ball quickly to the strikers if they are to put the Chipolopolo of Zambia under pressure. If Mikel could replicate his box-to-box style at the Rio Olympic Games, then the team could fly over Zambia.

3.  Select the attacking trio of Iheanacho, Iwobi and Musa

Ordinarily, Brown Ideye would have been an ideal frontman in the absence of Odion Ighalo, however, due to his profligacy in front of goal, Super Eagles coach, Genort Rohr should deploy the deadly trio of Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi and Ahmed Musa who are ready to take their goal scoring chances against the strong defence of the Zambia team that has Lawrence Chungu, Simon Silwamba, George Chilufya, Adrian Chama and Ziyo Tembo.

4. Avoid conceding an early goal

Statistics have shown that the Super Eagles hardly win away matches against African teams if they concede first. So, the team should make sure they make no blunders at  the back.
In fact, the Super Eagles must try to score first in order to destabilize whatever form of tactics, and game plans they will be coming out with.