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Rohr's neglect of Nigeria's midfield cruelly exposed in CAR upset

 Against lowly visitors, the unwillingness to speculate in search of midfield options came back to bite the Super Eagles coach hard in Lagos

In order to undertake this post mortem of Nigeria’s first defeat at home in a World Cup qualifier for 40 years, it is necessary to deploy a germ of wisdom that, while obvious, seems lost on Gernot Rohr.

It is this: it is impossible to play good football without midfielders.

Sure, it is the attackers who, at least principally, score goals; yes, it is the defenders who are primarily tasked with keeping them out.

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