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Nigeria Coach Reveals Surprise Tactics To Stop Salah

Nigeria Coach Reveals Surprise Tactics To Stop Mohamed Salah

by SL International

Jan 14, 2022 06:25 PM

Tags: Nigeria Egypt Mohamed Salah

Nigeria head coach Augustine Eguavoen has revealed the tactics he used to help nullify Liverpool star Mohamed Salah in their win over Egypt.

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The Super Eagles began their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a 1-0 win over the Pharaohs thanks to Kelechi Iheanacho's lovely strike.

Salah has been one of the standout performers in Europe this season, but Eguavoen reveals he adopted the double-team approach from basketball to frustrate the Liverpool forward.

"In terms of preparation and strategy, we had a special plan for Mohamed Salah because we know his quality," Eguavoen told BBC Sport Africa.

"Basketball is one game that I love so much. When you are playing against the likes of Allen Iverson, Michael Jordan and others, if you don't double-team you'll have a problem.

"That is the same strategy that I bring into football. So when Mo Salah is with the ball, the closest person goes to him and the next person has to double-team to make him play back.

"It worked for us like 80%, but Salah broke loose on one or two occasions which is normal, but again congratulations to the boys because they are so intelligent."

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