Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr , is torn between deploying a 3 – 5 – 2 or sticking to his preferred 4 – 3 – 3 formation when his side clash with South Africa in Wednesday ’ s quarter-final clash at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt , Sports Extra has gathered.
The German tactician has been trying out these two formations in their training sessions in Cairo but he seems to prefer a 3 – 5 – 2 as it offers the team more solidity at the back and enough men to curtail the pacy Bafana Bafana players a camp source revealed to Sports Extra in a chat .
“He (Rohr ) has been trying out several systems in training but we don’ t know which one he will settle for, ” a camp source told Sports Extra .
“ But he has laid more emphasis on it (3 – 5 – 2 ) so well . But it ’ s either the 3 – 5 – 2 or he reverts back to a 4 – 3 – 3 . ”
In training , William Troost-Ekong , Kenneth Omeruo and Leon Balogun were the three defenders
While in midfield , Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo and Alex Iwobi were flanked by Ola Aina and Moses Simon , who played as wing- backs .
In attack Ahmed Musa played off Odion Ighalo .
The Eagles will be well used to the 3 – 5 – 2 formation as it was the preferred set up at 2018 World Cup in Russia .
The three- time AFCON winners also deployed the 3 – 5 – 2 formation against South Africa in an AFCON qualifier at the FNB stadium last year , which ended 1 – 1 .
Meanwhile , the Eagles arrived Cairo on Monday ahead of their quarter- final clash against South Africa and are lodged at the Airport Le Meridien Hotel .
The Airport Le Meridien Hotel is 20 minutes away from the Cairo International Stadium , venue of the match .
Sports Extra gathered that the Eagles trained on Monday in Cairo ahead of the encounter on Wednesday.
They will hold their last training session on Tuesday (today ).
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