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After nearly a year without international football for Nigeria, coach Gernot Rohr and his wards return to the field again in October with friendly matches against Cote d’Ivoire and Tunisia.
Rohr has a clear idea of what he wants to accomplish with those two games, especially with Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers the month after, and very little game time to call upon thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
Rohr told ESPN: “First [goal] is to renew our team spirit, to rebuild our good playing of offensive football like we did in the last games before the pandemic came, scoring a lot of goals.
“I am watching also for progress in the defensive work, not to get all the time a goal and then you have to run off the time to fight to win the game. We want to improve in our defensive work.
“There are some tactics also I want to see again. We played a different system in the second half in Lesotho. Do you remember we had the 3-5-2? We had also a 4-4-2 and we had this 4-2-3-1 sometimes.
“So, it is necessary to find quickly again, our organization.”
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Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia); Alex Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Victor Osimhen (SSC Napoli, Italy); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Cyriel Dessers (KRC Genk, Belgium); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France); Chidera Ejuke (CSKA Moscow, Russia)