The No. 10 jersey is often worn by attacking playmakers. Offensive playmakers are often known for making precise passes to wingers, enabling them to score or provide ‘killer’ crosses, as well as scoring goals themselves on the counter-attack. When it came to the field of play, players such as Diego Maradona, Michel Platini, Dennis Bergkamp, Ronaldinho, Zinedine Zidane, Mesut Ozil, and Francesco Totti donned the No. 10 shirt to please the crowds.
One such player in Nigeria is Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, who comes to mind as an example. Since his departure, Nigerians have lacked good dribblers, ball distributors, and set-piece experts, among other things.Many Nigerian fans criticised former Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr for his team’s lack of wing play, which was a tendency that lasted from the 1980s until Clemens Westerhof’s rule in the 1990s, according to a report by the BBC.
It seems that the Super Eagles have returned to their customary wing play style under interim coach Austin Eguavoen, after a poor start against the Pharaohs of Egypt on Saturday. Last Saturday, the team defeated Sudan 3-1, extending its undefeated record to seven games.
Joe Aribo, the Super Eagles’ No. 10 forward, is still considered a work in progress by some fans. The Guardian was able to speak with many people who indicated that Aribo, who plays for Glasgow Rangers, is lacklustre in his role as ball distributor after the Sudan game right after it ended.While not criticising Joe Aribo, a Supporters Club member who went by the name of Samuel voiced dissatisfaction with the way the Super Eagles’ midfielder distributed the ball while playing for Nigeria.
No. 10 is the tenth position. Creating deadly passes from midfield to the flanks is Aribo’s responsibility. I haven’t seen it in either of our two games thus yet. I hope he understands his importance as the team’s driving force.
“I saw our wingers diving for the ball the majority of the time. Our success will depend on the ability of Coach Austin Eguavoen to identify a player who can effectively play the wing position. “I’m not trying to disparage Aribo in any way.” I have a lot of work to do before the Super Eagles’ No. 10 can gain my affection.”
Musa, a Nigerian who lives in Garoua, believes that Aribo has to improve his game. ‘We need a No. 10 who is able to maintain possession of the ball, dribble it around and find the wingers.’ This team is lacking a player of such calibre. “Aribo must work really hard and quickly.”
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