Interim Super Eagles coach, Austin Eguavoen has dropped a strong hint that he will hand Chidera Ejuke the No.10 role in the team at this month’s Africa Cup of Nations.
The tournament holds from January 9 to February 6 in Cameroon.
Ejuke, who plays for CSKA Moscow in Russia, is one of the 13 debutants in the Eagles squad for the tournament.
The winger has been outstanding for his club this season, scoring four goals and providing two assists in 13 games.
According to CIES Observatory’s latest rankings, the 24-year-old is the third-best dribbler in the world and Eguavoen believes he can help solve the team’s lack of creativity in midfield.
In the past, Gernot Rohr has played with Alex Iwobi of Everton or Leicester City’s Iheanacho behind the main striker.
But speaking at a press conference ahead of the team’s departure for the tournament, Eguavoen said, “The creative role is where the team has been lacking.
“Of late, we have found Chidera (Ejuke) but if it is not working, we may have to change our tactics and be flexible in the way we play.”
Nigeria plays seven-time champions Egypt in their opening game, January 11, before they battle Sudan four days later.
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Super Eagles interim coach, Augustine Eguavoen has bemoaned the absence of Victor Osimhen and Emmanuel Dennis in his squad, as the Africa Cup of Nations begin this weekend.
Nigeria heads to Cameroon seeking to win the title they last won in 2013.
They have been drawn in Group D alongside Egypt, Guinea-Bissau, and Sudan.
However, the Eagles’ squad has been hit with withdrawals, as Eguavoen was forced to replace Osimhen, who turns out for Napoli in Serie A, and Dennis, who features for Watford in the Premier League.
While Osimhen was dropped owing to injury concerns and having contracted Covid-19, Dennis, who has enjoyed a good run of form since joining the Hornets, could not make the team’s camp after he was allegedly denied permission by his parent club.
“The only thing is to change the style of play because the personnel is not there as we expected.
“Definitely Victor Osimhen is a big miss, Emmanuel Dennis is in form, also a big miss,” Eguavoen told the media.