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2022 WCQ: Okoye Returns; Musa , Awaziem, Iheanacho Start Vs CAR

2022 WCQ: Okoye Returns; Musa , Awaziem,  Iheanacho  Start Vs CAR

Maduka Okoye has been recalled for Super Eagles 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying matchday four encounter against Central African Republic, reports Completesports.com.

Okoye was dropped for the first game against same opponent on Thursday after reporting late to camp.


Head of the team Gernot Rohr opted for a 3-5-2 for formation as they look to get their qualifying campaign back on track.

Chidozie Awaziem, Leon Balogun and William Troost-Ekong will feature in central defence, while Moses Simon and Jamilu Collins will play as the two centre-backs.

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Brentford midfielder Frank Onyeka, Joe Aribo and Kelechi Iheanacho will operate in midfield.

Captain of the team Ahmed Musa will pair Victor Osimhen in attack.

Super Eagles Line-up Vs CAR






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  • Footballfanatic 2 weeks ago

    This is where Shehu comes in handy but I guess the coach knows better.

  • Scatter them and beat them like baby.

    You can do it Eagles.

    God bless Nigeria.

  • We just have to win today,,,another lose or draw puts our qualification in jeopardy…

  • Tancosports 2 weeks ago

    Oga Rohr, take it easy on CAR o, you wan kill them? See firepower.

  • Ayphillydegreat 2 weeks ago

    They say the coach is technically inept he’s too rigid Lmao!! I’m sure they’re the ones who told him to change his formation for today’s game. Good line up I hope Collins redeem himself today. I would’ve prefer Bassey in that wing back role. Simon will be ok on the right side. I like Ejuke, Awoniyi and Onuachu on the bench to come in and affect the game in the second half. They must win this game any way possible to redeem themselves including the gaffer.

  • Note typo error
    CAR 0 Big 4. Take it to the bank.

  • Why Collins again now? Bassey or even aina would have been better. Anyway good lineup still and nothing but 3points today. Go Eagle

    • Greenturf 2 weeks ago

      The coach wouldn’t risk playing a new lad in this kind of game.Bassey could get his chance if things goes as planned in the course of the game,if not he would eventually in subsequent games.

  • Toluwase 2 weeks ago

    Abeg my beloved Super Eagles, beat these naughty CAR silly like a baby as my friend said. We trust you you can do it. You’re their big brothers.


    Love from Peckham London.

  • pompei 2 weeks ago

    3-5-2 can change to 3-4-3, depending on how the game goes.

    Awaziem, Ekong, Balogun
    Simon, Onyeka, Aribo, Collins
    Iheanacho, Osimhen, Musa

    Good line up.

  • Coachie 2 weeks ago

    All the best boys.

    Meanwhile, friends make una behold the two guys a lot of dudes want to see in the green & white.


  • Can anyone help with link for the match?

  • Coachie 2 weeks ago

    Rubbish so far. Same nonsense

  • Coachie 2 weeks ago

    How did we descend this low for crying out loud that we cannot make meaningful passes against CAR

  • These long balls won’t help us. Rohr must get the team to stop throwing silly long balls. The CAR defenders are very comfortable with it.

    • Guys, always calm down when watching game, the same long balls u condemn resulted in our first goal, and had a hand in second.
      We don’t have a creative midfielder in person of IWOBI, and the CAR are playing 9 man defence, so they got no choice than to loop the ball over, the only thing is that they should be more prisice

      • @ Ola I was referring to long silly balls from our defence to opponents defense. You could see they kinda stopped playing such balls.The goals we scored were never long balls brodaman. One was an inswinger and the other a good cut in pass. Both from Ekong. YOU DON’T PLAY LONG BALLS WITH A TEAM PLAYING ABOUT 9 MEN BEHIND THE BALL. THAT CONTRIBUTED TO THE POOR PERFORMANCE IN THE FIRST MATCH. I UNDERSTAND WE WERE LACKING ATTACKING MIDFIELDER TO BRING ATTACK N DEFENCE TOGETHER; REASON ROHR MUST GET A RELIABLE DEPUTY FOR IWOBI. EJUKE IS GOOD BUT WILL BE A BOMB FROM THE LEFT PLAYING ALONGSIDE ATTACKING MIDFIELDERS LIKE IWOBI OR EJARIA.

  • Proudly 9ja 2 weeks ago

    Goal for 9ja by balogun

  • Dr. Drey 2 weeks ago

    Goaaalllll…!!! BAlogun

  • Coachie 2 weeks ago

    We should be asserting authority over this kinda of team for all i care

  • Bobo Colorado Springs 2 weeks ago

    Goal for Nigeria, Balogun!!!!

  • Ayphillydegreat 2 weeks ago


  • Dr. Drey 2 weeks ago

    Oya CAR…..continue to play 9 defenders o. Dont come out and play football. Go and carry locomotive train and block your goal post

    • Dr. Drey 2 weeks ago

      Hahahahaha…..35th min, CAR coach has removed 1 defender….LMAoooo. Remaining 7….LMAOOoo. Dont worry sit back with 8 defenders and think we have come to joke this time like on Thursday. Dont come out to play

  • Proudly 9ja 2 weeks ago

    Nigeria needs another goal to put the game to bed. If we don’t score again and the game drags on with just a goal lead, we might ebd up regretting it. We all know with just one freakish mistake could result in an equalizer. Lets go SE, go get another goal and kill d spirit if the CAR, tgey are getting tired as they are breathing too hard now, press dem and get a 2nd, then a 3rd will come.

  • Coachie 2 weeks ago

    Can somebody remove Iheanacho from this game pls

  • Dr. Drey 2 weeks ago

    Iheanacho seems to have left his brain in Leicester when he was coming for these qualifiers.

    • Coachie 2 weeks ago

      I tell you bro, every foot he has put wrong. This team desperately needs a baller who can link midfield with attack. No meaningful attacking incursions so far

      • Klistivivi 2 weeks ago

        Ekong is not a good defender!
        Balogun is no longer strong!
        Ekong- 2 assist
        Balogun- 1 goal

      • Greenturf 2 weeks ago

        Iwobi was playing that role brilliantly before Iheanacho’s rush of goals for Leicester which led Gernot Rohr to pair Nacho with Osimhen and move Iwobi to scheme from the wings.
        Yeah Iwobi can play that role he had and was brilliant.

      • Field Marshall. General. Sir Johnbob 2 weeks ago

        Bro, this is a drum I have been beating for too many years! It falls on deaf ears because of that backward “big boy football mentality we have in Naija”, we have always had somebody or two in the team who has absolutely no business being there but is there for reasons “unknown” it basically adds up to a weakining of the team every time and is counterproductive, only serves to hold our football reputation and accolades back, bottm line is there is a pervasive disease in Naija society and its called greed, selfishness but most importantly a shocking lack of intelligence, understanding which then always leave the national benefit at less than zero, in the negative scales, no advancement, no development nothing good at all that the future generations can have a stake and hope for any sort of future.

    • Ihenacho is getting too arrogant and pompous, and he is playing arrant nonsense. He is so far the only error in team. He needs to up his game

  • Dr. Drey 2 weeks ago


  • Proudly 9ja 2 weeks ago

    Osimhen scores

  • Bobo Colorado Springs 2 weeks ago

    Goaaaaaal, Osimhen!!

  • Guys where are you watching?

  • Dr. Drey 2 weeks ago

    CAR….pls park 2 locomotive trains in front of your goal ehn. Dont come out to play

  • Goal harvest in Cameroon….GOOOOOALLLL 2-0

  • Dr. Drey 2 weeks ago

    All the nitwits who were praising Savoy’s “tactical prowess”, pls kindly go to Teslim Balogun stadium now to help him look for it….he seems to have left it behind in the dressing room of Teslim Balogun stadium after celebrating a freak victory too much.

    I dont know what tactical prowess there is in playing 9 men behind the ball in your own half for 90 minutes

    • Chill bro. You self won’t pat the SE at the back after that match in Lagos now, but trust they showing up today.

  • Can you now see the advantage of a good pitch….no one should blame rohr or any player for that loss in Lagos…even Madrid will struggle to win with that rubbish pitch…

    • The match still a long 45minutes to go, make we still they watch, but so far so good, the guys are putting in the seriousness. 2 more goals and I’m done.

    • Coachie 2 weeks ago

      Bro, forget pitch issue. Something is just wrong with this team. We all know that pitch was bad and CAR played 9 men behind the ball but did we see any seriousness, quality, and professionalism from the EAGLES, ofcuz the answer is a big NO. something is wrong with this team.
      I really fear for the second round of qualifiers against better ranked oppositions. My personal opinion

      • And u gonna see a better eagles then, big teams usually struggle with all this minor teams now.

  • Klistivivi 2 weeks ago

    Ekong is not a good defender!
    Balogun is no longer strong!
    Ekong- 2 assist
    Balogun- 1 goal

    When people tell you to be objective, you refuse!
    Always be calming down bro!

    • Dr. Drey 2 weeks ago

      Hahahahaha….”give me adarabioyo, give me tomori, give me Sergio Ramos, give me giorgio cheillini, give me bonuchi, give me players who arent eligible to play for Nigeria”…the height of insanity….LMAOooo….people wey racial hatred go kill.
      I’ve told all of them to come back on sunday and vomit all the sewage they were vomiting during their annual 3-day festival when the SE freakishly lose a match.

      CAR should not come out and play o. They should pack 9 men in their 18 yard box and continue to display “tactical prowess”

      Shey dem say defense is more difficult than attack…..LMAOOOooo….we go see how CAR go prove their lie lie hypothesis right today….LMAOOOooo

      • JimmyBall 2 weeks ago

        @Dr.Drey… go and sit down. This team will get blurgeoned if they meet a worthy African side… is it not shameful that it is against a semi professional team CAR you are getting this excited about the below par outing Super Eagles are showing so far? Our pairing in central defence will get exposed again even before the conclusion of this second round… watch and see! We still have a huge problem in midfield and it is clear that ROHR does not have what it takes… even with Nduka Ugbade we can use homebased 11 from NPFL to beat CAR.

        He invited Calvin, Awoniyi and Akpoguma and wasted them… I dont see this FRAUD of a coach leading us to Nations Cup… with him we will just be going to do numbers and complete roaster!

        • Its almost as if you are hoping and praying against the SE so you can prove your point…Brother, your hatred for Rohr is making you not to celebrate any SE win…sad

        • Dr. Drey 2 weeks ago

          Hahahaha….it is paining them that we won today….. LMAOOO. Agents of darkness…. LMAOOOO.
          I guess it was “worthy african sides” your guadiolas were playing when they couldn’t qualify for ordinary AFCON and sank us deep in 70th position in the world….. LMAOOO.

          Your festival of happiness is over….till another one year when SE choose to throw away a game.

          Rohr is a fraud….we hear. At least we can find his details everywhere he has played and worked as a coach….the real frauds are the ones who claimed to have played football to the highest level yet we can’t find their names on the roaster of registered of the any football clubs home or abroad….. LMAOOOOooo

      • JimmyBall 2 weeks ago

        If you ever played anything form of football you will know you labour and suffer more playing in defence especailly fullbacks. It is clear your association with football has always only been on TV screen!

        • Mr. Nice 2 weeks ago

          Go and sit down, you’re even dafter than I thought, you once played football and you don’t know that a team sitting deep in defense will only end up pilling pressure on itself. You should be ashamed of yourself for ever playing football if at all you ever did.

        • Dr. Drey 2 weeks ago

          Hahahaha…. LMAOoo. You don’t labour when you play in attack….you don’t need to find your way to outwit defenders who don’t mind breaking your legs and putting the ball past a goalkeeper who is allowed to use any part of his body to stop you from doing so…. LMAOoo.

          Can’t you see how easy it was for CAR to attack than to just put 9 men behind the ball and defend…..LMAOooo…..can’t you see how tougher if was for the SE to defend their 2 goals league than to actually score the 2 goals….. LMAOoo

          Defence is indeed more difficult than attack….. LMAOOOO…..you play football true true…. LMAOoo. Infact na only you play football for Nigeria while growing up…. LMAOOOO.

          FYI any brute can play in defence….but it takes more than brute force to play in attack. Any TRUE footballer will attest to that as a FACT.

          Defence is more difficult than attack….. LMAOoo….even the rule of life tells us to destroy is easy, but to build is difficult…. LMAOOO.

          Nigeria has won today….crawl back into your kernel and cry till another one year when we throw away another game

    • JimmyBall 2 weeks ago

      @Klistivivi… first assist dropped for Balogun’s goal was from Awaziem and not Ekong… point ofg correction!

  • Ayphillydegreat 2 weeks ago

    Aribo should be pushed further up the pitch to link up with Osimhen and Iheanacho. Playing him deep is not helping because he will struggle with aggressive midfielders that way but when he’s up in the final third he can make things happen like what happen in our second goal today. Onyeka is really balling. I like his tenacity and I think he can be a viable replacement for Etebo. VAMOS ARIBBA SUPEREAGLES!!!

  • Proudly 9ja 2 weeks ago

    In the 2nd half i will suggest GR blood that Calcin bassey so we can see what he can offer tge team. The pitch is not bad compared to teslim balogun hence why we are playing a little better than we did in lagos. Playing calvin bassey in a game like this will be beneficial for his confidence and a taste of how football aka tawkeondo is played in africa lol. Those CAR players clear anything clearable, na kungfu dem kon play ooo. At dis rate a red card dey smell. Musa is trying today ooo but he lost some balls cheaply initially but he is really helping the defenders by akways showing up for the ball. like someone said we should stop too many balks in the air and put the ball on d group, pass d ball from side to side to tire dem out.

  • Tancosports 2 weeks ago

    We have a positive Approach in this game and the result is speaking for itself. CAR coach is one of the most useless and coward coach I have seen in recent times. After all your team beat Nigeria in Lagos so why can’t you come out and attack to defend your victory you had in Lagos 3 days ago. I hate this kinda negative football from some of these small African teams trying to outsmarts bigger team in Africa by packing combination of bus, train, trucks and apapa containers. For how long will hold your good opponent with this kinda useless tactics?

    Continue packing the bus, na so you go continue packing the bus till 7 goals go enter your net. We are watching.

  • pompei 2 weeks ago

    See the difference a good pitch makes?
    Even though our boys are not at their best yet, they are still able to show some quality because of the good pitch.
    The cohesion is not quite there yet. Passes misplaced, little understanding.
    But 2 well taken goals is much appreciated.
    Delighted in particular for Balogun. What a time to score your first international goal.
    We need to see more adventure in front of goal. More shots. More driving runs into the box. Stretch that locomotive train that CAR parked in front of their goal post.
    2 goals is great. But we need more!
    Let’s get it boys! More intensity in the second half!

  • Ako AMADI 2 weeks ago

    Score at Half Time 2 – 0. Goals from Balogun and Osimhen . You people are still arguing about the line up.

  • If they refuse to come out and and applaud this boys, the Coach and CAR(for giving us good pitch to play on) after today’s victory, then I’ll gladly conclude that these people take delight in SE failure….

    We all know them…..

    As per this game, we’re coming out top…..

  • Dr. Drey 2 weeks ago

    Hahahahaha…..Savoy is beginning to pull out his troop of defenders one by one……LMAOOooo.

    Come out and play football and show us the “tactical prowess” that didnt give you victories against CPV and Liberia.

  • Dr. Drey 2 weeks ago


    • Dr. Drey 2 weeks ago

      We cant keep missing yawing nets like these naaaa….!!!
      It was Awoniyi in the 1st leg, Osimhen has spurned a chance for a 3rd goal after having done all the hard work.

  • Proudly 9ja 2 weeks ago

    Osimen is 2 honest, he should have fallen instead of trying to stay up, that would’ve been a clear penalty. Thats why i love spanish players, the slightest touch and they go down. It was obvious the goal trip him.

  • Proudly 9ja 2 weeks ago

    We are too wasteful with setpieces, this is something we’ve complained about for sometime now and it still hasn’t been remedied. GR needs to address with all urgency that could be the difference between winning or losing games. I wonder if we dont do drills for corners and freekicks, its mind boggling how wasteful we are with setpieces

  • Dr. Drey 2 weeks ago

    Pls Rohr should do us a favour and haul off iheanacho. I dont think I can stomach his unseriousness anymore. When you see the likes of Mane, Mahrez etc play for their countries, you see true SENIOR MEN.

    Senior man no be for mouth biko

  • Field Marshall. General. Sir Johnbob 2 weeks ago

    Oya Rohr, take Iheanacho off and bring Awo on also lets see Bassey pls! He is an asset to any team! Haba
    This coach needs to be a bit more pro active and more passionate about his work and getting wins

  • Field Marshall. General. Sir Johnbob 2 weeks ago

    OK, yes that’s actually better as it is better to play a midfielder in a midfield position so carry go Bonke, however I still want to see Awo and Bassey and I think its about time to let Kele know that his output isn’t good enough for the kind of stakes at play in the national team, its nothing personal its just the business of football and winning games, he needs to be made a permanent bench fixture for now and if he can change his workrate, technique and output then maybe he can smell starting 11 again. Please

  • pompei 2 weeks ago

    You no like am, me I go use am demo,
    You no like am, me I go use am pose!

    • Dr. Drey 2 weeks ago

      He should give us a goal or an assist biko. That’s what counts in modern day football

      • pompei 2 weeks ago

        He will come good. The boy is a weapon. He almost scored today. If properly utilized, the boy is a huge advantage for us. If properly utilized.

  • But same Iheanacho was the hero in Lagos a month ago. It could be one of those days for him why do you keep joy in condemning a player because one not too bad game? Same Balogun and Ekong you have said series of things cos of that little blip in the last match was the one scoring and assisting our goals today. Pls always calm down this people are human being too not a robot.

    • Field Marshall. General. Sir Johnbob 2 weeks ago

      Am I the only one that saw that Balogun messed up in that game? Or if you have eyes, didnt you see it yourself??
      Which other time have you ever heard me complain about Troost or Balogun? If you bear false testimony about something because of your own issues, deal withit, don’t you dare ascribe something to me that I have not said, if I have said it I will defend it if called up!
      So ain your own eyes as someone who knows football, you think Iheanacho is the best Naija player abi? or In fact where is he acclaimed as the best of the best apart from with people like yopu who know next to nothing and argue blindly on your unstable emotions? Pls leave me out o!
      If you have any eyes, you will see that I never target and address anyone specifically unless it is to agree with them, so again, pls, if you don’t agree with something I say, then no need to reply, just ignore and move on, we are different people and have very different perspectives on Naija football, if you are sure of yourself then you don’t need outside validation,.

  • Dr. Drey 2 weeks ago

    Oga Savoy….we are not seeing your “tactical prowess” o. Your team is down by 2 goals at home yet your tactical prowess cannot yield a shot at goal….LMAOOOo…Haba do something na.

    Abi na to put 9 defenders inside 18 yard box be the only tactical prowess wey yo get…???

  • Coachie 2 weeks ago

    How can this super eagles team play a team like Algeria, Senegal and Morocco.
    Second round really scary

    • Dr. Drey 2 weeks ago

      We dont need to play like Algeria, Senegal or Morrocco. We just need to be SERIOUS. That’s what I beg of these guys. SERIOUSNESS. FOCUS. PROFESSIONALISM. Not “bigmanism” or playing to the gallery. Our bigman-ism kills us more than anything else.

    • Ndubest 2 weeks ago

      Go and seatdown wait until we get there. You think those teams can beat us?

  • I don’t think i ilke this Ejuke. The end results of his dazzles are most of the time unfruitful. No wonder he doesn’t start games.

  • Dr. Drey 2 weeks ago

    Game done and sorted. 3 points in the bag. Nigeria tops the group and that’s all that matters. 4 more wins to go. Qatar 2022 here we come.

    Festival of wailers ends today. See them in another one year when the eagles decide to throw away another game.

    • Greenturf 2 weeks ago

      I said the same thing @Dr.Drey when we lost a couple of days ago,what matters is qualification people are just very emotional and said many things they may regret.
      In qualifications no matter how easy your group is,you get games like the one in Lagos apparently,you need that blip to sit up try other things and hopefully get better.

  • Omo9ja were you na

  • pompei 2 weeks ago

    I would have loved to see more goals. Numerous chances created. But only 2 taken.
    Anyhow, much improved performance. Aribo though still below par, had by far his best game in a while today, especially in the 2nd half. Finally saw a glimpse of that Rangers lion. Holding the ball, driving forward, making those forward passes.
    Hope someone remembers to send FECAFOOT a thank you card for providing a staple need that NFF ONIGBESE refused to provide – A GOOD PITCH.
    See the difference a good pitch makes!
    I’m certain our boys will pick Douala for their home games going forward, if the option was available!
    Osimhen, please be calmer in front of goal. Spaletti should please epp us and work on this boy.
    Intelligent use of Ejuke is required. That’s our x-factor right there.
    Good job. Would have loved to see CAR collect like 4 or 5. But 2 will do.

    • Field Marshall. General. Sir Johnbob 2 weeks ago

      I agree with everything said!
      There are a few people on here that by reading their contributions I can tell if they are on a level where I am comfortable to respond to and you sir are one of them unlike many many others, (too many), if there weren’t people like you and a few others here, I would not continue blogging or giving my 2 cents on here because there are simply some diabolical posters here.
      The main reason in fact why I post quite infrequently and was also here about 5 years ago as a regular but left completely for 5 years as I could not stand the level of contributions from a lot on here and once they fell out then they really take things into the gutter and that level is too low for me to get to – not that I would ever want to be on that level.

    • MAJOR FLEX 2 weeks ago

      Osimhen is a very good finisher, especially when you watch him at under 17 and charleroi, but htis days i don’t know, i don’t understand, when uts time to finish, pressure from no where enters

    • Dr. Drey 2 weeks ago

      Honestly Pompeii, I don’t see Awoniyi missing the kind of chance he missed on Thursday at Union Berlin or Osimhen missing for Napoli, a yawing 22feet goal after rounding the keeper.
      That’s why all I just call for from these guys are professionalism. The type we saw from Balogun today. Taking games by the scruff of its neck and not just being relax, complacent or being nice to opponents.
      Mane with all his huge profile will still be business like on the pitch for sengal like a typical home based player. Mahrez never showboats in Algeria’s colours. Bounedja always looking like an IsIs trained terrorists on the pitch even against Djibouti. These are players with far bigger profiles than ours yet bone of them has given themselves useless “senior man” nicknames.

      Seriousness. Focus. That’s all I ask of this team. From when the national anthem is being sung at the start of the match till when jerseys are being exchanged at the blast of the final whistle…..SERIOUSNESS.
      That’s all we need at the moment. The lack of it is the reason why we are throwing aways games we shouldn’t be throwing away.

      • MAJOR FLEX 2 weeks ago

        Once osimhen can work on his calmness, not finishing, calmness, then haaland becomes second best striker in that age range, this one no be say i dey patriotic, if e easy make person go break ehn under 17 record, i hope spaletti is observing

        • pompei 2 weeks ago

          I agree with you, Major Flex. Osimhen must resist that rush of blood to the head. Calm down in front of goal, and take care of business.

      • pompei 2 weeks ago

        Dr. Drey, well said.
        Professionalism is required at all times. We need to shout this from the roof tops.
        We need players with hunger and desire, fire in the belly, not senior men or big men.
        Players coming to camp as if they’re on holiday and taking selfies up and down. National assignment is work, not vacation! It’s just as serious as club assignment. Player’s performance for national team can greatly impact club opportunities. Our boys need to be business-like and focused during games and off the pitch as well.

  • I have to give the SE a thumbs up for game management towards the end of the game. Passing the ball around while slowing and controlling the game.

    Abeg how many shots on target did CAR have?

    • Mr. Nice 2 weeks ago

      My brother it was zero shot on target for a whole 90minutes, this team is one of the most useless team I have ever seen playing football, it is even very annoying remembering our defeat to them!

  • Klistivivi 2 weeks ago

    Ejuke needs to address his selfish play! He wasted 2 goal scoring chances although fashioned by himself that he should have released to Osimhen.
    Excessive dribbling and not passing won’t get him anywhere ooh!

    Also, Osimhen is very wasteful in front of goal. He should address that!

    We did a good job in Douala!
    Congrats Eagles!
    Congrats Rohr!

  • Ejuke deserves a goal after all his endeavors. If he can just be raising his head small for a final pass to a well positioned player, he will win the world footballer of the year. That is how good he is. I even prefer his type of dribbles to JJ Okocha kind of dribble(especially when JJ was younger) simply because Ejuke is a forward playing dribbler unlike JJ. A team sitting deep will find Ejuke a huge problem to solve. I just need him to raise his head up to see that final pass. He is an unstoppable force of nature. How I wish I am close to him.

  • Sean T 2 weeks ago

    Osimhen is becoming wasteful in front of goal lately. He need to work on his shooting accuracy and also his left leg. He is becoming a 1 legged player who can’t make the best use of his left. See Salah for example eventhough he is a left footer, the power in his right leg cannot be underestimated. He scores often with his right leg at Liverpool. Also Rhor should have sub hin from 78 mins because he is hurt and tired. Really surprised the Coach didn’t notice that. For God sake he have Awo and Onuachu on the Bench. I didn’t watch the 1st half but the 2nd half i watched. Simon’s final third is very poor just like how it has always been. Lastly tbh Balogun and Ekong will really flop wen we play a formidable team. Both are too sluggish for my liking, their passing accuracy is below average, likewise marking skill. Any average striker will mess the duo up. This am pretty sure any tactical coach playing against the Eagles will notice and take advantage of. This SE is very easy to be beaten. Awaziem, Omeruo combination still better pass those 2. For Collins, to me he’s still struggling, so Sanusi will still win back the shirt and Bassey can also provide competition. Lastly Ejuke pls utilize ur skills and dribbling ability to effect a match positively. That’s all he need to lift his game. Assists and goals is all that matters in football not the number of sucessfull takes on

    • Sean T 2 weeks ago

      Finally Congratulations for the 3 points but please put in more effort next time. Though who am i to blame you guys. The stupid NFF have refused to pay your salary and the Coach with his Assistant. So i want to believe that has a negative impact in your perormance because who works for more than 8 months without getting paid. What if this Boys don’t play abroad and have the opportunity to make money for themselves ? Who knows maybe that’s why the bunch of thieves called NFF are pocketing money meant for the guys all in the name of they are rich and get paid well at club level

    • MAJOR FLEX 2 weeks ago

      For your mind you have laid better analysis ba?


  • Rohr should have brought in Calvin bassey in the first match even if it’s for 5 minutes

    • Honestly, this Rohr matter taya me. He appears not to have concrete plans for whomever he invites.

      You invited a player into a team and over two quickfire matches, you couldn’t allot even a minute to him.

      Next thing now, he drops form or gets injured and that’s the end of him in your plans. It won’t be difficult for such a player to switch allegiance whenever he recovers.

      He didn’t bring on Awoniyi probably due to the missed sitter in the first leg. My reservations for this coach are getting off the boil, really.

      He looks like a coach who will overuse a player who delivered the goods for him in the past, while wasting young and hungry talents on the bench. Osimhen should clearly have been substituted in today’s match, especially in order to forestall any risk of injury; but no! Osimhen is his only hope. He’s not bold nor brave, neither can he take risks. He clearly lacks the ability to build a team or instill confidence in a developing talent. He’s a use and dump coach. I don’t think the SE have any hope with him going into the future. If he really doesn’t have plans for players he invites, I doubt if he has any long term plans for his career with the SE, except to keep collecting salaries.

      He is just one of those far-less-than-averages gaffers who think they will succeed (or do just a little more than makeup the numbers in a tournament) with a star-studded team. He is BELOW PAR. He knows this; that’s why he’ll hardly bat an eyelid no matter what the NFF does or doesn’t do properly because he knows The NFF ARE PATCHING HIM UP. A world-class coach will never tolerate this NFF or any Nigerian administration as we know it.

      The SE’s victories in recent times have been down to the players’ determination, tenacity and grit. That is why Pinnick took it upon himself to give that “adminstrative pep-talk” before this match. Something is really fishy with this coach and his appointment with the NFF and I believe time will eventually tell. Any percipient person will see this from afar. He commands nothing from my perspective and yet, he remains the coach.

      It’s just a pity that the SE are in the hands of someone who is this listless and lethargic. Well, in such a dysfunctional country why do I expect the opium of the people to remain pristine?

  • pompei 2 weeks ago

    Ejuke actually tried to feed Osimhen after one of his slalom runs. A CAR defender made a tremendous block. Otherwise, Osihen was in front of a wide open net.
    On the other occasion, he again dribbled his way into the box, an his shot with his left foot was saved.
    The encouraging thing for me was to observe the panic Ejuke created in the CAR defense. They were so comfortable defending against us, until Ejuke came in, and panic ensued as the CAR defenders struggled to keep him at bay.
    What we now need is for players around Ejuke to make intelligent runs in and around the box, so he can find them with passes. Ejuke’s dribbling will create panic and draw defenders towards him, creating space for runners to exploit.
    With more games, Ejuke will do better. Goals and assists are what the game is all about. I believe he will come good.

    • Oviman 2 weeks ago

      I think I’d agree with you. He’s the kind of player that can force errors out of opposing defenders, thereby, creating goal scoring opportunities from freekicks others.