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Onazi faults Eagles formation against England

June 4, 2018
Nigeria, France
Ogenyi Onazi in ball contest against England Captain, Harry Kane during a friendly at Wembley last weekend

Ogenyi Onazi has admitted that the Super Eagles have to vary systems so as to improve before the World Cup.

Nigeria lost 1-2 to England at Wembley on Saturday as Onazi observes there are rooms for improvement.

“Thank God this is preparation. When we get to the World Cup proper, things are going to get better,” he told KweseESPN.

The midfielder further explains that Nigeria’s first half formation left the midfield isolated.

“The problem we had was the formation, it was not going really right. I did a lot of running on the pitch because we were always one man short on the defensive part of the game.

“The second half was much better because we played the same pattern with them and everybody was with his man.”

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr told reporters at the post match press conference that his team needs more work to be ready for the World Cup, something Onazi agrees with.

“We have a lot of things to do. We have a lot to put in place. We haven’t really had time to train really well, to really work on our system. Because we have one system,” the Trabzonspor midfielder continued.

“Now, we are trying to play other systems and I think we are going to get much better.”

Nigeria departed for Austria on Sunday morning for the final phase of their pre-World Cup training camp.

They will play the Czech Republic in a friendly on June 6 before heading off to Russia on June 11 where they will face Croatia, Iceland and Argentina in the Group phase.

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