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A former Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo has faulted the team’s coach Gernot Rohr for not starting Ahmed Musa and Odion Ighalo in their 1-0 win over Burundi on Saturday.

Ighalo came off the bench to coolly finish off a delicious back-heel pass from defender Ola Aina in the 77th minute of the clash at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

However, Yobo, a former Everton star, has said the duo should have started the game over the weekend.

“The two players who came on [in the second half] should have started the game because they have the experience, Ighalo and Musa. Ighalo with his experience at the World Cup and everything,” Yobo told SuperSport.

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

“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.

“They haven’t been with the team for a while, as much as they are good, it might take them some time so it is safe when your strong players, players that can win you games when they are ready, it is always good to throw them in. It gives you a better chance.”

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