Former Super Eagles Striker Victor Agali Reveals What Eguavoen Should Do to Awoniyi, Iheanacho’s Partnership

Former Super Eagles Striker Victor Agali Reveals What Eguavoen Should Do to Awoniyi, Iheanacho’s Partnership

Babajide Orevba
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:54 PM
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  • Victor Agali seems to like the combination of Taiwo Awoniyi and Kelechi Iheanacho in the Super Eagles attack
  • The former Nigerian international has urged Augustine Eguavoen to retain such partnership when they face Sudan on Saturday
  • Iheanacho and Awoniyi tormented the Egypt defence in their opening match; with the Leicester City man scoring the only goal of that game

Former Super Eagles forward Victor Agali has urged interim coach Augustine Eguavoen to retain the strike-force partnership of Kelechi Iheanacho and Taiwo Awoniyi, Correct Score reports.

The duo terrorized the Pharaohs defence to help Nigeria beat Egypt 1-0 in their opening group game at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations.

A first half strike by Leicester City man Kelechi Iheanacho was all the Eagles needed to start their campaign on a flying note.

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Victor Agali aplauds Kelechi Iheanacho and Taiwo Awoniyi's combination. Photo: Own Goal Nigeria
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Nigeria take on Sudan in their second group game on Saturday and ahead of the fixture, Eguavoen says Iheanacho and Awonyi should be retained in the attack.

He told Brila FM on the program ‘No holds Barred’, as cited by Complete Sports:

“Iheanacho is not someone you want to play as a point man, so it’s better to have him support someone and Awoniyi coming with his form from the Bundesliga, and after missing Osimhen, it’s better to leave Awoniyi and have Iheanacho roam around him and that has happened.
“Iheanacho is someone that can drop in the midfield and looking at the formation against Egypt we played a classical 4-4-2 where we had Aribo and Ndidi in the middle, Iheanacho was like a pyramid in front and support the guys behind.
“So it worked for us because we were very aggressive and we controlled the game so I expect the coach to maintain that.”

CAF dismisses Tunisia complaint

Meanwhile, Tunisia has been dealt a blow as the Confederation of African Football (CAF) dismissed a formal complaint lodged by the country’s FA following the chaotic AFCON clash against Mali on Wednesday, January 12.

CAF said the AFCON organizing committee met on Thursday to discuss the incident and decided to toss out the complaint. The football body, however, did not give a reason for dismissing Tunisia’s argument.

Ghana captain cleared for Gabon clash

Sports Brief earlier reported that captain of the Black Stars of Ghana, Andre Ayew is available for the epic group C encounter with Gabon at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Al Sadd attacker missed training on Wednesday after he had stated after the Morocco game, he was unwell for days. However, coach Milovan Rajevac in the pre-match conference revealed his skipper is fit and he is likely to start the Gabon game.

Ghana needs to win to get their Africa Cup of Nations campaign back on track, before the final group match against debutants Comoros Island.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.