Adepoju: Super Eagles newcomers need to prove themselves

Adepoju: Super Eagles newcomers need to prove themselves
Gernot Rohr

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Mar 23, 2017. 17:00

Legendary Nigeria international Mutiu Adepoju has urged Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr to use friendly matches to fix his side’s weaknesses.

The Super Eagles are scheduled to take on Senegal and Burkina Faso in friendly matches in London, England during the current international FIFA break.

Nigeria are expected to use the matches as preparation for the upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

“He should be looking for every positives and he should also be able to identify the not so good things in the team which he will be able to work on before the competitive games,” Adepoju told Goal.

“To be factual, I have not seen those players [Tyrone Ebuhehi and Joel Bazee-Noah] play before but from references, I believe they are good players, and that was why they were invited.

“I also believe the coach will see good things in them, but we are looking at how they can adapt to the Nigerian system and how they are able to add value to the team," he added.

“In a friendly game, I think it is ideal for the coach to want to see where he is lacking and will want to cover up with new players, so I think it’s ideal for him to be able to see some players he has not seen before.”

Nigeria will face Senegal's Lions of Teranga on Thursday, before facing the Stallions of Burkina Faso on Monday.

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