Eguavoen’s Plan for Salah and the Hristo Stoichkov Treatment


A few days after taking up the technical director role, Augustine Eguavoen took time with ATHLST to talk about the 80s and 90s eagles.

In the technical breakdown of how they play, he specifically gave an insight into how the team neutralized Hristo Stoichkov.

Hristo Stoichkov Treatment

Stoichkov was the star of the Bulgaria team at the USA 94 FIFA world cup, and the eagles wanted him out.

That insight is ever-present now, as he builds the super eagles for the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon.

Augustine Eguaveon has shown that he will likely give the Stoichkov treatment to Egyptian star Mohammed Salah.

SportsIntel breaks it down.

Eguavoen’s Jay Jay

 The coach explained how Okocha played deep to help the defence while carrying the ball forward in the breakdown.

In his team, Eguavoen has switched Chidera Ejuke to create his own JJ Okocha.


JJ Okocha could pick a sixty-meters pass to release the wingers, and that’s what Eguavoen will expect from Ejuke.

He will also need to pick up the ball after the midfielder and wing-back have neutralized Salah.

Eguavoen wants Ejuke to wriggle out of the press in tight situations and give a diagonal pass to the forwards.

Salah Plan: The Deep Lying Midefielder Like Oliseh.

Sunday Oliseh is special intelligent and can create a cover for the wing-backs.

In the 94 eagles, Oliseh provided the extra cover for the wing-backs who will slow down the point man.

Sunday Oliseh

Eguavoen has the luxury of two Oliseh lookalikes in Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Nwakali.

Out of the two, Kelechi Nwakali seems the closest to Oliseh fit.

Eguavoen went through the hard work of adding him to the squad despite not making the original 40 man roster.

Nigeria’s midfielder Wilfred Ndidi (L) is marked by Guinea’s midfielder Naby Keita during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN). Photo credit: GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images)

Also, Eguavoen thinks Ndidi is not 100% Oliseh, but he is on his way.

Salah Plan: The full-backs as the Spine

The tactic will ensure Salah doesn’t get a space to either send in a cross or cut in.

The full-backs hold the key in keeping Salah locked on the wings while help will arrive from the defensive midfielder.


The winger also tracks back to cramp him out.

The philosophy requires players with discipline, pace and ability to expand the field.

Eguavoen breaks it down.

Eguavoen on stopping Stoichkov

“The game plan against stoichkov was as soon as he holds the ball, we have to try to double team, not through the centre back. If he is in this area(wing), what I do is I come in here(towards the edge of the box), Oliseh comes in here. To mark and push him to the side, Oliseh comes in here, Chidi Nwanu provides balance. I go he(Oliseh) covers, he (Chidi Nwanu) provides balance. The best thing he can do, as he can’t go over, is he has to take the ball to the side and force him to go backwards.”

Salah Plan

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

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