Bonfrere Johannes, the Dutch tactician who led Nigeria to the historic Atlanta ’96 gold medal in the football event has faulted Nigeria’s tactical approach to Saturday’s match with Togo in the final African Nations Cup qualifiers.
Nigeria won the match, 2-0, but crashed to Togo 4-3 on aggregate. Bonfrere and two Chinese agents, all dressed in Nigeria’s home colours, were at the Agege Stadium, venue of the match.
Bronfrere, though agreed that the players put up a spirited fight, faulted the team handlers’ tactical approach to the game.
He remarked that the Nigerian forwards were playing too many high balls to a crowded Togolese defence line which had tall players and more often than not, had six to seven players defending.
He said if he were the coach, he would have pulled outNwagua Nyima as the centre forward as he was not effective with his feet. He was of the view that wing plays from both left and right would have been beneficial to the Nigerian side as they could had easily broken the Togolese defence line with crosses.