Former Nigeria daredevil striker Julius Aghahowa has said the chopping and changing in the Super Eagles is to blame for the present-day strikers not firing at full throttle.
The Eagles have scored five goals in their last three matches, which is less than two goals-a-game.
Against Tanzania in Uyo last month, the team fired 27 shots at goal, but it needed a 77th minute scorcher from Manchester City youngster Kelechi Iheanacho to win them the game.
“Personally, I believe the strikers are not scoring goals because there is no continuity,” Aghahowa reasoned.
“When a striker comes into the team before he even gets his footing, before he understands his strike partner, the supporting midfielder is out and they bring someone else. There is no continuity.
“And this lack of continuity is especially so in attack. In defence and midfield there is a lot more stability.
“Everyone is also quick to judge the strikers. They play one, two games and they are replaced. They don’t look at whether he was supported very well and he got the chances.
“What this then means is that you bring another striker and when he doesn’t do well, he is also replaced. That way you destroy players’ international careers.”
Aghahowa, who has now quit the game and is a businessman, will back the Eagles to win in Zambia on Sunday.
“The Eagles know what is at stake. Wearing the national team jersey is enough motivation for them to do well for millions of Nigerians,” he said.
“That do-or-die spirit is what I believe they will adopt and with that they will win in Zambia.”