REVEALED: Why Ighalo and Ideye were benched against Algeria


Coach of the Nigeria team Gernot Rohr has revealed why regular forwards Odion Ighalo and Brown Ideye didn’t play in yesterday’s World Cup 2018 qualifiers which Nigeria won 3-1 against Algeria.

Ighalo lead the line in the manager’s first game in charge while Ideye did same in Ighalo’s absence against Zambia, but the duo were left on the bench as Rohr opt to play Kelechi Iheanacho upfront.

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” We have to approach games with different tactics and players. Iheanacho fits the way we wanted to play against Algeria, same way Ighalo and Ideye in our previous games” He told

” You also know that at a point in time all we needed to do was to manage the game as we not too comfortable at 2-1, with Algeria pushing to level and leaving space behind. Ahmed Musa was most needed at the time, and he proved us right judging by his performance.

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” We had no need for either Ideye or Ighalo due to how the game went, but they are key players in the team. They are very talented and much needed”.

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