AFCON Qualifiers: Five things we learnt from Nigeria’s victory over Lesotho

The Super Eagles of Nigeria ended the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on a high, as they defeated the Crocodiles on Lesotho 3-0 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. Here are the five things to note from the match.

Every game is important with Rohr: Many Nigeria fans believed Gernot Rohr will shuffle his team because they had already qualified for the AFCON as table toppers, but the Franco-German made only 4 changes to his starting eleven. It paid off in the end as they won in style.

Chukwueze should not be a starter for the Super Eagles: Villarreal winger, Samuel Chukwueze, who is fondly called Arjen Robben, once again showed that he is not ripe to start for the team. His decision-making was poor, his shots were bad, and it was difficult to note what he did in the encounter.

Playing two strikers is good for the team: Rohr again started with Victor Osimhen and Kelechi Iheanacho upfront, and their combination was lovely. There was a good interplay between both players. When Onuachu entered for the Napoli star, the combo with Kelechi also continued. It is time to start playing 4-4-2 or 3-5-2.

Onuachu should NEVER be dropped again: Paul Onuachu proved his doubters wrong by getting on the score sheet again. He gives a different option to what we have with his height, and he showed it again, as he can win aerial duels and bully defenders with his height.

None playing captain finally played: When Gernot Rohr was asked why he invited a clubless Ahmed Musa, he said “He [Musa] is not on the list of 23. He is invited like a captain, not like a player on the list,” but the national team captain had a cameo appearance after he came on for Iheanacho in the 86th minute.

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