Nigeria’s coach, Augustine Eguavoen has revealed how his gamers managed to cease Egypt and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah of their latest emphatic 1-0 win within the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).
The Tremendous Eagles got here into the match on Tuesday as underdogs because of the absence of star strikers, Victor Osimhen and Odion Ighalo whereas Egypt boasted Mo Salah the in-form Liverpool star, however a Kelechi Iheanacho strike ensured Nigeria took all three factors.
Egypt hoped Salah would carry his membership type to the nationwide staff, however he ended up struggling in opposition to a sturdy defence line marshalled by Troost Ekong of Watford.
Eguavoen has now defined why it was powerful for the Liverpool star to trigger issues for Nigeria utilizing his love of Basketball in his analogy.
“In phrases of preparation and technique, we had a particular plan for Mohamed Salah as a result of we all know his high quality,” Eguavoen advised BBC Sport Africa.
“Basketball is one sport that I like a lot. If you end up enjoying in opposition to the likes of Allen Iverson, Michael Jordan and others, should you don’t double-team you’ll have an issue.
“That’s the identical technique that I convey into soccer. So when Mo Salah is with the ball, the closest particular person goes to him and the subsequent particular person has to double-team to make him play again.
“It labored for us like 80%, however Salah broke free on one or two events which is regular, however once more congratulations to the boys as a result of they’re so clever.”
“Let’s not go too far forward of ourselves. However I’m extraordinarily happy with the boys,” Eguavoen continued.
“There have been feedback and stuff being stated about them earlier than the match however they’re completely skilled. Once you inform them one thing it sinks in instantly and that may be a good factor we’ve obtained going effectively for us.
“They adopted directions, they did precisely what we needed them to do. If you end up drained, somebody routinely fills the hole for you. That is the one spirit that may take us very far. Respect the gamers they usually return the therapy.”
The Tremendous Eagles’ subsequent match in Group D will probably be on Saturday in opposition to Sudan who drew 0-0 with Guinea Bissau of their preliminary fixture.