AFCON, 2023 Joseph Yobo is confident that Iwobi has the potential to alleviate the Super Eagles’ goal-scoring struggles

Identifying the Creative Midfield Void

Former Nigerian defender Joseph Yobo emphasizes the pivotal role of Alex Iwobi in filling the void of a creative midfielder within the national team.

Struggles in the 2023 AFCON Campaign

Yobo attributes the Super Eagles’ challenges in scoring goals during the 2023 AFCON to a lack of a creative link between the midfield and attack.

Despite having renowned striker Victor Osimhen in the squad, the team has only managed to score three goals in three AFCON games.

Goal Scoring Woes Despite Striking Talent

Despite the presence of Victor Osimhen, one of the world’s top strikers, the Super Eagles’ goal-scoring record remains modest.

Osimhen contributed the team’s sole open-play goal in a 1-1 draw with Equatorial Guinea, while the other two goals came from a penalty against Ivory Coast and an own goal against Guinea-Bissau.

Call for Tactical Adjustments

Joseph Yobo suggests a shift in the tactical deployment of Alex Iwobi from a deeper role to a more offensive position.

This adjustment, according to Yobo, could enhance the team’s creativity in the midfield, generating more scoring opportunities for the Super Eagles in the upcoming 2023 AFCON round of 16 clash with Cameroon on Saturday, January 27.

Analyzing the Team’s Composition

Yobo acknowledges the defensive strength of the Super Eagles, highlighting their solidity at the back and the limited challenges faced by the goalkeeper.

Despite a robust defensive setup, Yobo underscores the need for a more creative approach in the midfield to supplement the team’s overall performance.

In conclusion, Joseph Yobo underscores the importance of addressing the creative midfield gap for the Super Eagles to unlock their attacking potential and capitalize on defensive solidity in the ongoing 2023 AFCON tournament.

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