3-5-2 or 4-4-2: Which Should Nigeria adopt for the World Cup

3-5-2 or 4-4-2: Which Should Nigeria adopt for the World Cup

How will Nigeria play at the World Cup in Russia?

Super Eagles technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr has hinted he may stick with the 3-5-2 formation that engineered the 4-2 victory against Argentina in the international friendly played last year.

Rohr’s experimentation was a massive shift from what is traditional to the team [ 4-4-2 , 4-3-3 or 4-5-1] and it worked against the Albiceleste.


In a chat with brila.net former Super Eagles captain and Coach, Austin Eguavoen suggested Nigeria should stick with the 4-4-2 or 4-5-1 formation urging Rohr to “adapt”.

On Brila fm’s Big Sports Breakfast Show, former players Waidi Akanni and Ifeanyi Udeze also backed Eguavoen’s position arguing that the 3-5-2 formation could prove problematic.

Akanni, who was also a former Lagos FA chief, insists the 3-5-2 is not a trusted style of play particularly if the team lacks the personnel to execute.

He identified the struggles of EPL side Chelsea as a case in point.

‘I don’t fancy teh 3-5-2 formation becasue it has a lot of loopholes. Game formations are based on the quality of personnel you have, in this case I just think the problems associated with this style outnumbers the gains.

‘Look at Chelsea. Last season they won the league but a few months down the line they are struggling with the same formation,’ Akanni argued.

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