No doubt, Alex Iwobi is Mikel’s perfect replacement — Four lessons learnt from Eagles magical display against Libya


The Super Eagles of Nigeria recorded a hard-fought 2-3 victory over the Mediterranean knights of Libya last night.

Though the West African put two goals past their opponent as early as 17th minute, they failed to hold on to the lead.

Libya found their way back into the encounter and they equalized in the 74th minute of the encounter.

However, much maligned striker Odion Ighalo restored Eagles lead in the 82nd minute when he found his way past two defenders before finding the back of the net with a low drive shot.

Here are some facts noticed during the encounter :

Samuel Kalu needs to adapt to Rohr’s tactics

The Bordeaux winger was anonymous throughout the minutes he spent on the field last night.

During the first leg of the encounter, the former Gent youngster was lively at the left flank but his decision making left so much to be desired.

He must learn to play to Rohr’s tactical approach to every game, else, he lost his place in the starting lineup to either Simon Moses or Henry Onyekuru.

No doubt, Alex Iwobi is Mikel’s perfect replacement

The Arsenal star featured behind the strikers during the two fixtures against Libya and he performed brilliantly.

Over the years, there have been questions on who would replace the team captain Mikel Obi whenever he retires.

With Iwobi’s defence-splitting pass in the build-up to Ighalo’s tap in, Super Eagles faithfuls are confident the 22-year-old is the man for the playmaker’s job.

Jamilu Collins is here to stay

After Saturday’s 4-0 win over Libya, Rohr confessed that the Paderborn left-back has won him over as result of his fine display.

Against the same opponent last night, the Bundesliga 2 defender ensured that his wing was too tight for the Knights to penetrate.

Brian Idowu would need to up his game if he must regain his place in the team.

John Ogu shows why he needs to play regularly

Things wasn’t going smoothly for the Eagles but the introduction of the Israeli based midfielder cooled the tension of the game.

His physical presence at the middle of the pitch helped the team soaked Libya’s pressure. He equally joined the team while attacking and that produced the decisive moment of the night.

He hasn’t been getting the game-time he deserves since Rohr took over from Sunday Oliseh in 2016.

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