Aerial Balls, Crosses, Set Pieces Hog Eagles’ Training


The Super Eagles’ training sessions ahead of Friday’s win-or-bust second group match at Russia 2018 is now being dominated by lessons in winning aerial balls, dousing crosses and full concentration during set pieces, which the team has become vulnerable to in recent matches.

With observations of the next opponents revealing that Iceland are blessed with many tall players and the highest average height at this year’s Mundial, the Eagles’ technical crew has resorted to seeking solutions on the training ground to possible lapses during play on Friday in Volgograd, Russia.

The three-time African champions like other African sides in the ongoing FIFA World Cup have not been able to maximize their set-piece advantage and have also falling prey to poor defensive lapses from corner kicks.

Consequently, Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr and his assistants made several incursions to give corrective input as they supervised the session.

The Eagles players conducted the training in a chalk drawn volleyball court with three players in each side of the court for their next match at 45,000 capacity Volgograd Arena.

They volleyed the ball with their legs and exchanged passes with heads across an erected pole at the middle of the court on Wednesday morning in training that lasted for hours.


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