‘…we play 4-4-2, not 4-2-4’
From RAMSAY UGELE, Abuja –
Super Eagles coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi has rubbished claims that he still plays the 4-2-4 formation in modern day football, saying that what he plays in reality is 4-4-2, which his foreign-based players have not been able to inteprete well for him when they file out for the Super Eagles.
Speaking at his weekly media parley yesterday at the team’s camp, coach Keshi said “what we play as a team is 4-4-2 formation but my problem is that surprisingly the foreign-based players can’t cope with it when it matters, expartiating further he said: in the heat of the game my two flanks players don’t fall back to assist the middle, that is why it looks as if we play the old fashion system of 4-2-4, a style we did not even play in my days.
He put the blame on the doorsteps of the foreign-based, as he claim that his home-based have mastered it than the foreign-based. Keshi however made excuse for the foreign-based whom he fingered as coming from various clubs that play systems different from what obtains here.
“To me I will not want to blame them much because, these are guys coming from clubs where they are fed with the diet of 3-5-2, 3-4-2-1 and other variant, but my consolation is that these guys from the home-base can interprete this formation well for me because we have been practising it together for a long time, and I’m very sure that with a longer time with the entire team, both the home and foreign-based the team will gell formation wise.”
On why he increased the number of foreign-based to 15, he said it is contigent on the fact that the local league has been on recess, and since the foreign-based are already having playing time, there was need to shore up their number to give the team some competitive edge.
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