Former Eagles striker, Stephen Ayodele Makinwa has stated that for Nigeria to improve themselves defensively as they look to make an impact in Russia next year.
The former Palermo, Chievo, Lazio of Italy Striker, Makinwa while speaking to brila.net said that he noticed problems with the defence against the South Americans, something the Eagles must rectify if they are looking to represent the country very well at the world cup.
Meanwhile, Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has maintained that he is keen to strengthen his defence ahead of Nigeria’s campaign at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Rohr is still searching for options but this time around an extra central defender who has a similar style to Mainz defence ace Leon Balogun, who for now is the stand-out player in Nigeria’s defence.
The coach who played the 3-5-2 formation against the two-time world champions in Russia seems to be in favour of playing with a back four in his favourite 4-3-3- formation used in Nigeria’s qualifying games.
A central defender with the ability to play from the back is now the target of the coach, who is also looking for a top striker to complement Odion Ighalo in an attack in games where he wants to play with a lone striker.
Makinwa played for the Nigerian national team, with 14 caps since making his debut in 2004.
Makinwa played for Nigeria in the 2006 African Cup of Nations when they finished third. Two years on, he played on the side which again failed to win, losing at the 2008 African Cup of Nations to Ghana.