Ighalo Needs Capable Back-up Attackers – Lawal


Former Super Eagles winger, Garba ‘Chindo’ Lawal has charged the Super Eagles technical crew to give more attackers opportunities to play in the Nigerian national team, in order to take some weight off Changchun Yatai striker, Odion Jude Ighalo.

Lawal said he was happy to see Ighalo return to goals scoring form in his last three matches for the Eagles, during which he scored six goals in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, but footballlive.ng reports further that the ex-international stressed that the striker must not be overworked.

In reaction to the performances of other strikers in Ighalo’s absence, Lawal said the 1-1 draw in South Africa and goalless friendly against Uganda both exposed Nigeria’s lack of an adequate back-up in attack.

Although he admitted that Victor Osimhen, Isaac Success and Kelechi Iheanacho all gave their best as arrow head strikers in both matches, the former Roda KC Kerkrade of Holland left-footed battler advised that the like of Henry Onyekuru and Samuel Chukwueze should also be tried in attack, rather than be restricted to their current wing positions.

Lawal further advocated a situation whereby all the other attackers available to Rohr would be encouraged to believe in themselves and given more attention to make them feel relevant and boost their levels of confidence heading into the Africa Cup of Nations.


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