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Nigeria Coach Reveals Surprise Tactics To Stop 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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