Odegbami Wants More Creativity in Eagles Midfield.

Former Green Eagles player Segun Odegbami has advised Super Eagles head coach Stephen Keshi to ensure he beefs up the team’s attacking-midfield before the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Addressing the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos in the weekend, the former IICC Shooting Stars of Ibadan (now 3SC) winger said the current team lacks “creativity in the midfield” and finds it difficult to orchestrate play from the middle of the pack.

“Right now, we don’t have the creative midfield to be able to hold on to the ball for us and keep control. We lose the ball too easily.

Segun 'The Mathematical' Odegbami Guided Nigeria to Its First Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) Title in 1980.
Segun ‘The Mathematical’ Odegbami Guided Nigeria to Its First Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) Title in 1980.

“And all of this is as a result of the midfield; we just don’t have that creativity in the midfield that the team requires at the moment,” the 61-year-old soccer analyst said.

He noted that the search for a new viable and competent playmaker shouldn’t be ignored by Keshi and, as such, look elsewhere aside the regular culprits in that role for solutions.

“Well, I am sure he knows what the problem is, it is for him to get the right players now aside the one’s that he has played,” the former left winger said.

“Once he can achieve that, I think the team will be a lot stronger. The team is presently strong but it could be a lot stronger with the presence of creativity,” Odegbami added.

According to him, Keshi must be careful to avoid recalling some players who have played for the Eagles in the past and have since passed their peak.


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