Friendlies will sharpen Eagles’ attack – Lawal

Posted on Mar 3 2018 - 12:36pm by admin

Idris Adesina

Former Super Eagles forward Garba Lawal has said the friendly matches lined-up for the team would help to sharpen the team’s attackers ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup in June.

The Eagles’ World Cup preparations begin this month with a friendly match against Poland and Serbia on March 23 and 27.

However, the team’s attackers have been having a tough time at their clubs – with most finding it difficult to score goals. Kelechi Iheanacho has yet to nail a regular place at Leicester City while Alex Iwobi has been struggling with Arsenal.

But Lawal, who spoke with our correspondent on the telephone during the week, said the most important thing was for the attackers to have regular action, adding that the players would get better with each friendly match they played.

He said Eagles coach Gernot Rohr would decide whether to invite new strikers to the team or not.

“The most important thing for any national team player is to be a regular at his club. When they are playing regularly, the coach can then decide easily the one he wants for each match,” Lawal said.

“Because the current ones in the team are not scoring for their clubs doesn’t mean they should be forgotten. Rather the coach will decide whether he wants new strikers for his team or not.

“But I believe that they will get better with each friendly match they play. Ahmed Musa left England for Russia to ensure he has enough playing time and he has that – same for Brown Ideye, who left China for Spain.

“When they are playing regularly, the coach will know their strengths and weaknesses and work on it ahead of the World Cup. The ultimate goal is to get a team that can compete very well against the best in the world.”

He added, “Odion Ighalo just has his season starting in China and he is sure to pick up form with each game he plays. Friendly matches do a lot for a team and help to build team chemistry so the Eagles strikers will get better with each match they play. If the coach thinks he wants to add more attackers to the team, then he will do so.”

Also, former technical director of the Nigeria Football Association Kashimawo Laloko, advised the coaches to work harder in their search for a good goalkeeper.

“The coaches should work hard to select a good goalkeeper for the team because that aspect is as important as the other departments,” he said.

“The friendlies will avail them the opportunity to test the keepers and arrive at a good one. They should select the best, which will give good results.”

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