Former Nigeria international Victor Ikpeba has advised Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr to strengthen the team’s midfield ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon.
The Super Eagles followed their 1:1 draw against South Africa on Saturday with a goalless draw at home to the Cranes of Uganda in an international friendly at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba on Tuesday.
Rohr who has now qualified the team for two major championship introduced six changes to the side started against on Saturday in Johannesburg, with the likes of Semi Ajayi, Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze, Mikel Agu starting for the Super Eagles while Russian based Bryan Idowu and Daniel Akpeyi came back to the team after three games.
While speaking after the game against Uganda, Ikpeba said some players has to do more to justify their invitation into the team and believes with the return of Ighalo and captain John Mikel Obi, the team will be stronger.
“We need to see more from Osimhen, Success and Onyekuru,” the former Monaco attacker stated.
“Ajayi did well in his first start. With Mikel, Ighalo and hopefully Moses back in the team, the Super Eagles will be very formidable.
“Samuel Kalu’s performance so far has not made us miss Moses. He brings an element of surprise to the team and also his crosses are very good.
“The transition of this team from the midfield to the attack remains the weakest link of the team.
“We are not quick enough. If we get our transition right, we will be unbeatable in Cameroon.
“We have to do well in Cameroon after missing out on two editions. We will be a threat in Cameroon with the qualities we have, but we must be ready.
“Egypt, Mali, Senegal, Tunisia are there; they will be there to compete.”
Ikpeba, however, predicted that winning the AFCON title next will be difficult but semi-final place is realistic.