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Monday, June 18, 2018

We Had No Creative Midfield Player - Okocha Reacts To Super Eagles' Loss


Austin Jay Jay Okocha


Jay Jay Okorocha yesterday reacted to the abysmal performance of the Super Eagles against Croatia at the ongoing 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Nigeria succumbed to a 2-0 defeat against Croatia after conceding a goal in each half in their opening 2018 Fifa World Cup encounter. Oghenkaro Etebo’s own goal in the first half and Luka Modric’s penalty after the restart condemned the Super Eagles to a loss at the Kaliningrad Stadium.

While analysing the match on SuperSport in South Africa, legendary dribbler Okorocha believes the team arrangement was far from perfect as there was no creative midfielder on the pitch.

He apparently laid the blame at the foot of the German coach, Gernot Rohr for what looked like an awful team arrangement which also affected the performance of midfield maestro, Mikel Obi and Arsenal's Alex Iwobi who is also Okocha's nephew.

"We didnt have a creative midfield player today. Mikel has been a great servant you know but I think his best position is sitting in front of the back four. We saw him at Chelsea. You know He had a wonderful career at Chelsea playing in that position.

And in our national team, I think at the moment, the most creative player that we have is Iwobi. Playing him on the right hand side in the national team, we are taking his strength away from him. He can play there in Arsenal because of the way they play, because of Ozil, he is a creative player.

And today the only reason why we lost this game is that we played our players in the wrong positions. We didnt get the best out of them".he explained.

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