Transition From Defence To Attack Helped Super Eagles Triumph Over Iceland, Eguavoen, Adepoju Points

Both ex-players impressed with Musa's first goal

Nigeria ’s forward Ahmed Musa and teammates celebrate their victory at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D football match between Nigeria and Iceland at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd on June 22 , 2018. CREDIT:


Former Super Eagles internationals, Austin Eguavoen and Mutiu Adepoju have identified quick transition from the back to attack as the key to the Super Eagles win against Iceland on Friday.

Ahmed Musa’s double was the difference between the two sides in Volgograd.

In the process, Musa – who plies his trade in Russia with CSKA Moscow – became Nigeria’s top goalscorer in the FIFA World Cup with 4 goals in 6 matches.

Both ex-players were analysing the match on Kwese.

Eguavoen impressed by Musa’s strike | Sports Village Square

“Our first half wasn’t that good. Our second half was brilliant. And the transition – turning defence into attack – that was what the key was.

“High up the field, throw the ball into the box, good interception from (Leon) Balogun, played into the part of (Victor) Moses, who ran down the flank and then crossed the ball. But the first touch from Musa was excellent, and the finish was just too good,” Eguavoen, former Super Eagles coach evaluates.

Adepoju seconds Eguavoen | Sports Village Square

In his analysis, Adepoju corroborates Eguavoen:

“Our transition from defence into attack has to be fast, and that was what happened. In the first goal, we went on attack against Iceland. We got the ball. The attack was very fast. Three against three. I said it that ‘this is the moment’, and it happened. A precise pass. Actually, the pass was not going to Musa, but he just controlled it and diverted the attention of the defender,” the 47 year old states.

Next up for the Super Eagles is another crunch match against Argentina on Tuesday.

Argentina are currently at the base of Group D with just 1 point from 2 games, while Gernot Rohr’s men need to avoid a defeat against the South Americans and hope already-qualified Croatia beat Iceland. Nigeria, Iceland and Croatia all still have a chance of progressing to the next round.

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