Mikel Hands Off Super Eagles Set Piece Duties, Guess Who Is Now In Charge?


Newly appointed coach of the Nigeria senior national team Gernot Rohr has from the look of things handed the set piece duties of the Super Eagles to a new player in the team.


Captain John Obi Mikel has been the one in charge of the Eagles cornerkicks and freekicks in the last few years, but judging by checks made by Owngoalnigeria.com at the team training session and in the test game against Plateau United it appears there’s a new man in charge of set pieces for the Eagles.

During the course of yesterday’s friendly tie, Manchester City teen wonder Kelechi Iheanacho was the one taking the cornerkicks and free kicks awarded to the Super Eagles even though Mikel was on the pitch.

From one of Iheanacho’s freekicks, William Troost Ekong almost increased the Super Eagles lead over Plateau United with scores at 2-0 in favour of the team in the second half.

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Iheanacho also took five corner kicks awarded to the team, one of which Brown Ideye almost got his name on the score sheet in the second half.

However it’s yet to be seen if the 19 year old Manchester City man will be the one in charge of set pieces on Sunday in Ndola, when the Super Eagles play Zambia in the 2018 World Cup Qualifying series.