Austin Eguavoen has explained why Kelechi Iheanacho was dropped to the bench in the second leg of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Ghana.
Iheanacho started the first leg in Kumasi, but was among the substitutes when the Super Eagles played a 1-1 draw against against the Black Stars in Abuja.
Explaining why he benched the Leicester City forward, Eguavoen said the striker didn’t play to instructions in Kumasi.
“Iheanacho you saw him a few days ago his performance against Manchester United and people were saying Iheanacho stayed too long on that field,” Eguavoen said on SuperSport’s Monday Night Football.
“Iheanacho we gave him a specific role in Kumasi. In as much as he’s going to go up there and support Osimhen, he has a duty to perform by stopping Thomas Partey.
“He’s playing as a second striker because Partey dictates the game but he was sometimes late in reacting that’s why Partey had those luxuries.
“Since he didn’t do that, I spoke with him I told him he’ll start from the bench and at some point he’ll come in,” explained Eguavoen.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after playing a 1-1 draw against Ghana in Abuja.
The Black Stars advanced on away goals after drawing 0-0 in Kumasi.
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