Former Nigeria skipper Austin Eguavoen has urged the Super Eagles to beef up their defence during the 2018 World Cup in Russia if they are to make an impact.
Nigeria, who are in Group D of the competition with Argentina, Iceland and Croatia, arrived Russia on Monday.
While advising the 2013 African champions on what to work on at the tournament,
Eguavoen urged head coach Gernot Rohr to make changes to the team’s training methods.
“I think the coach has seen the two games against England and Czech Republic. It’s time to work on it, probably change the way of training and adopt a new system of defending,” the former Nigeria coach told Complete Sports.
“In football you don’t defend with only four players, you defend with the entire team, including the goalkeeper, because if you leave the faults to the defenders only, you are making a big mistake in professional football.
“As for me, I still have faith in the team, it’s not enough to start saying the team is not good because they lost the last two games.
“Mistakes are allowed in football, it’s better they make errors now and work on it, than to make mistakes when the World Cup comes up.”
Nigeria will play their first game on Saturday against Croatia.