Former Flying Eagles coach, James Peters, has said the Super Eagles need a strong midfield to win the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Algeria in Uyo on November 12.
Peters, who praised the Eagles for beating Zambia 2-1 in their first World Cup qualifying match, believes a strong midfield will help Nigeria stop Algeria attackers from winning the game.
The former Super Falcons coach said, “It is a good thing that the Eagles began with a victory against Zambia in their first match. It will take a lot of pressure off them going into the second match against Algeria.”
“Beating Algeria at home will help Nigeria to maintain their control of the group. The match will be a very tough one and I believe that it can be won through a strong midfield.
“Our midfield against Zambia was quite good but they later gave in to pressure from the opponents. We cannot allow that to happen against Algeria because they have good midfielders who will be feeding their strikers well. A strong midfield will help the attackers score more goals.”
Peters added, “Our defenders were jittery against Zambia and that was not a good sign for the team. Such a defence can concede more goals against a strong team like Algeria.
“If the defence is strengthened, the team’s aim of getting a win can be easily achieved.”