In recent years, Nigeria has struggled to find top strikers. The last time the Super Eagles had so many top strikers to choose from was under Clemence Westerhof, when they had Rashidi Yekini, Richard Owubokiri, Efan Ekoku, Daniel Amokachi, Samson Siasia, Victor Ikpeba, and Dominic Iorfa, to name a few.
Now, the side, which recently qualified for the African Cup of Nations in Cameroun in 2022, has some promising young players vying for striking positions.
Former international Dahiru Sadi, excited by the choices open to Coach Gernot Rohr, says the Nigerian coach does not have anything to worry about heading into the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers, which begin next month.
Since the start of the season, Victor Osimhen, Paul Onuachu, Simeone Nwankwo, Kelechi Iheanacho, Sadiq Umar, and Terem Moffi have been in top form for their European clubs.
Sadi told The Guardian yesterday that having so many quality strikers available who are scoring goals for their clubs in Europe was a good pain for Coach Rohr.
“Having these strikers available for the country in the World Cup qualifiers next month is beneficial since they are in top form and play regularly for their clubs. I’d say that the coach’s headache from this job is a positive one.
“One issue the coach can face is deciding which striker is the best because they cannot all play at the same time. Rohr can only choose one or two strikers at a time, depending on the formation he wishes to use.
“It will be thrilling to see these strikers compete for places in the Eagles when the World Cup qualifiers begin,” he said.
The former Ranchers Bees midfield maestro claims the Super Eagles are on their way to reclaiming their place in world football, but coaches must learn to handle the players’ egos.
“I know from experience that certain people would be dissatisfied if they are in good shape but are not used in matches. “The coaches are well-versed in this and can effectively handle the situation,” he said.