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Rohr blames Nigerian pitches for Iheanacho’s poor form



Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, has blamed the poor state of Nigerian pitches for Kelechi Iheancho poor goal scoring form in the Super Eagles. The Nigerian striker has been one of the best forwards in the Premier League since last season.


However, Iheanacho has struggled in his matches for the Super Eagles, most recently the doubleheaders against The Central African Republic in a 2022 World Cup Qualifiers last month. Although, he scored twice in the World Cup qualifiers against Liberia in September.


The German tactician in charge of the Super Eagles has now disclosed in a recent interview that the Nigerian international gives more decisive passes than scoring goals.


“We use Kelechi like he is used in Leicester, like a second striker. He is playing with Jamie Vardy, but he is not starting so much, actually, yeah.”


“He is coming in but not playing all the time. But we try to give him the same opportunity like what he is used to with his club. That’s what we try all the time with the players.


“We had Osimhen, not Vardy, and Kelechi was the second striker, coming sometimes from behind, taking the ball, giving decisive passes like he is doing in his club more and more. He even gives more decisive passes than he scores goals, actually.”


“So the real problem is, I think he doesn’t have the same conditions of the pitches and everything in Nigeria like he has in England. It’s a different football,” Rohr added.


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