Nigeria vs Ghana: Francis Uzoho Switches to Makeshift Centre Back As Finidi Tries New Tactics

Nigeria vs Ghana: Francis Uzoho Switches to Makeshift Centre Back As Finidi Tries New Tactics

Babajide Orevba
March 21, 2024 at 1:07 PM
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  • Francis Uzoho trained as a makeshift center-back as Nigeria prepare for their game against Ghana
  • Both teams rekindle the rivalry in a much-anticipated friendly match billed to be played in Morocco
  • Nigeria will also take on the Eagles of Mali in another friendly encounter slated for the same venue

Ahead of the friendly match with arch-rivals Ghana, Finidi George, who has been drafted to lead the Super Eagles is trying new tactics.

Goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, who seems to have conceded his No.1 position to Francis Nwabali, was tried in the center-back position.

Finidi watched with amazement as Uzoho performed brilliantly well in the defensive, just position two days before the all-important fixture.

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Francis Uzoho and his teammates are prepared for their friendly against Ghana, Mali. Photo Credit: Babajide Orevba.
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The Super Eagles will file out against the Black Stars in a much-talked friendly slated for Morocco on Friday, March 22.

The match is billed for the Grand de Stade Marrakech in Marrakech, where Nigeria will also take on the Eagles of Mali four days later.

Almost all the invited players have hit camp ahead of the matches as the players reunite again one month after the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations where they finished as runners-up.

The team have been engaged in intense training as the appointed technical crew, led by Finidi, is desperate to make a statement.

However, Wednesday's training session seemed to have sparked reactions among football fans after Uzoho impressed as a center-back.

Nigerian journalist Tobi Adepoju, who monitored the training session, shared a clip with the caption:

"Inside The Super Eagles Training In Morocco. Finidi George and his players held an interesting session.
"Kenneth Omeruo and Calvin Bassey were excused from the session.
"Fun Fact: Francis Uzoho played in a makeshift center-back role and he was solid."

Fans have continued to react to the part that said Uzoho trained as a center-back.

One suggested:

"Abi we should convert him to center back."

Another added:

"The Uzoho part for me."

Osimhen to miss Ghana, Mali friendlies

Sports Brief earlier reported that Victor Osimhen will not be part of the matches as the 25-year-old was an unused substitute in Napoli’s 1-1 draw against Serie A leaders Inter Milan on Sunday.

It was gathered that the forward barely trained in the last few days due to an inflammation of the scar from an old injury.

Napoli's caretaker coach, Francesco Carlzona, confirmed that the striker is yet to fully recover.

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Babajide Orevba
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.