The defensive issues of the Super Eagles of Nigeria is slowly becoming a thing of the past as coach Gernot Rohr appears to be close to finding a permanent solution.
Rohr has settled for the duo of William Troost Ekong and Leon Balogun as his preferred central defence partners but it was only arrived at after series of training drills.
Balogun’s aerial abilities and calmness in playing out of the rear, is well complimented by the pace, power and tenacity of Ekong. The combination has earned them the nickname “Oyibo Wall”
Upon taking over the team as coach, he introduced special sessions for the team in training with emphasis on defending deep and in blocks. As well as drills on cutting out crosses and set piece.
The coach who was a defender in his days made Balogun, the leader of the Super Eagles defence and his abilities in dishing out commands to help the team maintain it defensive shape was well on display against Algeria.
Still a work in process, the manager’s bext big task is to fix up the full back issues of the team, as he is currently having dearth of options in the left and right full back spot of the team.