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Musa and Ighalo should have started: Yobo

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The former Nigeria captain believes both players should have started the match instead of coming on as substitutes.

After the first half, Nigeria was tied 0-0 with Burundi in the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

But in the 58th minute, John Obi Mikel was replaced by Ahmed Musa, while Odion Ighalo replaced Paul Onuachu in the 73rd minute.

And thanks to them the Super Eagles flew higher, thanks to a goal by Ighalo, to win 1-0.

“The two players who came on [in the second half] should have started the game because they have the experience, Ighalo, and Musa,” former Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo told Goal.

“Ighalo with his experience at the World Cup and everything.”

“These are new players coming in, sometimes they don’t have the structure,” he continued.

“The structure that is there when you take out two of the most important players in the team.”

“Musa is important and Ighalo is the main man that everything has to go around with his performance in the qualifiers,” he added.

“Sometimes when you see these players not started, it takes time for the team to get used to a new pattern of play and that’s what we saw in the first half.”

Yobo concluded: “The second half, when the changes were made, we got better.”

“It doesn’t mean those that started the game are not very good as well but sometimes coming into the Afcon, you’re building a new team.”