Comment: Eguavoen And The Ghost Of Eagles’ 4-4-2 System.


It’s time Eguavoen looks to the future and stop wasting personnel in other to recreate the Ghost Of Eagles’ past.

Since the appointment of Augustine Eguavoen as super eagles interim coach, he has spent time trying to bring back the flair of the 94 eagles set, a relic no longer fitting for modern football.

 Ghost Of Eagles: 1994 Super Eagles

The art and science of football have changed so much, but Eguavoen is running experiments looking for players in the mould of Okocha, Oliseh Finidi and co.

Modern wingers don’t play like Finidi and Amuneke as Nigeria currently have Simon, Chukuweze and co.

Old System, New Personnel.

There is nothing wrong with Eguavoen’s idea. it’s the age of his idea.

Ghost Of Eagles. Amokachi Celebrates

Gone are the days of midfielders like Sunday Oliseh and Okocha.

The midfielders can spray thirty to forty yard passes after recovering a ball.

Chukwueze celebrates

Nigeria is still searching for an attacking midfielder before talking of getting a magical Okocha.

The current wingers are more of dribblers than a Finidi type winger, cutting in to create chances.

 Ghost Of Eagles: Breaking Down an Old system

The last two games have shown that the 4-4-2 cherished in the 90s can easily be dismantled even by average teams.

Modern football uses video and data analysts who can break downplays, and every advantage is short-lived. 

Interestingly, Ghana rendered Eguavoen’s system almost ineffective by picking something from his playbook.

Eguavoen on stopping Stoichkov

To beat Egypt at the AFCON, Eguavoen used a double-team on Salah, who was playing from the wings.

To beat the system teams, double team, the wingers, denying them space.

Ghana added a layer to it by using fast wingers who let the attacking wingers spend more time defending than attacking them.

It worked against Egypt because of the element of surprise and a new coach bounce.

Privilege: Eguavoen

Ghost Of Eagles: The Best Place for Eguavoen’s Idea.

Augustine Eguavoen could have implemented his beloved system as the technical director of Nigerian football.

There are no signs of any blueprint or plans for a template from the U17 to the U23s.

Since his appointment as a technical director, Eguavoen is yet to create a football identity for Nigeria.


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