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ABOVE AVERAGE: How Super Eagles Rated Vs Bafana Bafana

ABOVE AVERAGE: How Super Eagles Rated Vs Bafana Bafana

Completesportsnigeria..com’s ADEBOYE AMOSU appraises the performance of Super Eagles players in Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg…


Got the nod ahead of Daniel Akpeyi and Theophilus Afelokhai and didn’t do his chances of a regular berth in the Super Eagles any harm even though he was not really tested in the game.


Put a lively performance for Eagles in an unfamiliar right-wing back role. His cross was deflected into the net for Nigeria’s only goal of the game.


Looked rusty in the first half but picked up in the second half as the Super Eagles shut out the hosts. Had a bitter argument with Bafana Bafana, coach Stuart Baxter late on following a tangle with Percy Tau.


Improved after the break after a unimpressive showing in the first half.


Had a tough time stopping South Africa goalscorer, Leobong Mothiba but posed an average showing in the game.


Didn’t do his chances of securing a regular berth in the team any harm despite been outplayed by the pacy Percy Tau in the first half. The Paderborn defender will also need to improve on his crosses .


Didn’t influence the game much despite staying on the pitch for the entire 90 minutes. Not a convincing performance from the big midfielder.


Gave the ball away a couple of times and was no way near his best in the game. Perphas, the Stoke City man missed the presence of Wilfred Ndidi in midfield.


The Arsenal winger started the game brightly but fizzled out completely later on. His touches were way too ineffective and he looked sloppy all through. He was hauled off late on with Semi Ajayi taking eehis place.


Unlucky not to have a goal in the game with his efforts. His goal was wrongly ruled out for offside.

A disappointing performance from the forward who was duly replaced by Isaac Success in the second half.



Looked lively when he came in for the misfiring Iheanacho in the second half but didnt get any meaningful chance to restore Nigeria’s lead


Entered the fray for Ahmed Musa four minutes into the end of the game. Not ratef

Not Rated too. He replaced Alex Iwobi in the 93rd minute.

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  • With this 3-5-2 formation and Ndidi, Ighalo and maybe Victor Moses (if lured back) in the first 11, I see no reason why the SE will not win Afcon and dominate Africa.

    Rohr is doing a good job and bringing back the glory days of 1994. Ogu’s place is still on the bench. Iwobi don’t see to function well without Iwobi. Etebo still needs competition in his role. Nigeria’s killer first 11 in a 3-5-2 will be:

    Collins Ekong Balogun Kalu
    Ndidi Mikel
    Musa Ighalo/Moses

  • Bomboy 2 years ago

    I have a gut feeling the offside calls were no mistaķes. It is as clear as noon that we were robbed!
    THE REEFEREES SHOULD BE INVESTIGSTED! The NFF should not let this go!
    I remember they tried to rob Senegal in similar fashion last year in the World Cup qualifiers but the match was replayed after it was found out that the match officials were trying to fix the game.
    I don’t know why no one is talking about this. I know we have qualified, but NFF, please don’t let this go! We need to appeal to CAF and the match officials must be investigated!

  • You’re right, Bomboy. The match looks fixed. FIFA had to intervene in Senegal’s case before the dubious 2-1 win was cancelled. The compromised ref/linesmen wanted to keep SA safe as a win for Nigeria means they’ll have to beat Libya away to qualify. Now, it’s a draw they need. I mean, not 1 but 2 clear goals. Nigeria was robbed. We actually won this match 3-1.

  • Even if they tried to fix the match, it is in vain , because they will still not qualify.
    Lybia will neat them in Tunis.
    And get 10 pts.
    The group will look like this:
    NIG. 13 PTS
    LYB. 10 PTS
    SA . 9 PTS.
    They stopped in 2015 with a 2:2 draw in Uyo.
    We stoped for 2019 with a 1:1 draw.

  • Even if they tried to fix the match, it is in vain, because they will still not qualify.
    Lybia will beat them in Tunis.
    And get 10 pts.
    The group will look like this:
    NIG. 13 PTS
    LYB. 10 PTS
    SA . 9 PTS.
    They stopped in 2015 with a 2:2 draw in Uyo.
    We stoped for 2019 with a 1:1 draw.

    • Jones 2 years ago

      Well said bro, well said.

    • Nicolsen 2 years ago

      Well something needs to be done about it and history will always remember this match fixing game.

  • The language of Iwuobi being hauled out in the second half, when he played 93mins is grammatically and factually wrong.
    I watched the match.
    The defenders. Omeruo, Ekon and Balogun deserve nothing more than 5/10.
    Iwobi 6/10 at least.
    I dont want to see tribe in this.
    But I have learnt to be suspicious of everyones move.
    In America, it is called trust but verify.
    If you want let nigerians who watched this match like i dud rate all the player.

    Don’t give anybody a bad name for nothing.

  • Nicolsen 2 years ago

    Iheanacho has no business in Super Eagles… wat a waste… he is not improving at all… he must be dropped.

  • Sparkle Africa 2 years ago

    I wish to commend our gallant super eagles for their display of honour!
    My humble observations:
    I wish to commend you my brother, Iheanacho for your efforts.Hope u will perform better next time. But I want you (Iheanacho) to improve on
    1. your attacking bite and finishing. Your are our free kick specialist but you need to do serious personal drills on your dribbling skills and tactics so as to be able to easily dribble through one or two defenders on a one on one basis or when on the run.
    2. What about the R² scoring skill? Mo’Salah, Messi, Ronaldo, even our Samuel Kalu (against Lybia) and other of your professional colleagues abroad use it.
    3. You need to improve on your strength and stamina to easily muster the ball through defenders without easily falling down (with eye on the goal).
    4. Master sensational speed and tactics for a successful counter attack.
    I hope you (Iheanacho) could make a little sense from my points. Your fans want to see you become top striker for both club and country, scoring goals. Cheers bro!

    5. I wish to congratulate our Arsenal star, Iwobi, for his steady improvement in soccer. Fire on to the very heart of your opponents and unleash the strigger any day, any time (Goals!!!).
    6. the super eagles need to learn to close spaces, not allowing your opponents to trap the ball and settle to undo you before u mark, we can also upgrade our tactics and space utilization for goals against our opponent.
    7. Well done brilliant Samuel Kalu and our stand-in captain, Ahmed Musa. Kudos!
    8. Set piece taking operations need to be improved upon in the super eagles team.
    9. Our mid-fielders must master accurate, timely and calculated passes (Iwobi and Mikel Obi are doing great in this regard).
    10. Dear coach Rhor kindly integrate these talented stars into the team; Chukwueze, Osimhen, Kelechi Nwakali, et al. Thanks and God bless.

    Yours truely
    Sparkle, Africa

  • Gideon 2 years ago

    The man who officiated the game between Nigeria and South Africa needs to be investigated. I guess they’ve told him Nigeria must not win. Even if there was VAR, he will still cancel Musa’s goal… shame on African referees..
    NFF should push for the referee’s punishment.. Algeria didn’t spare Nigeria for fielding an ineligible player despite having no chance to qualifier for the last world cup. A.Pinnick, press for this and write your name in gold. we want the world to know we beat South Africa in Jborg and not a draw match.

    Let’s keep this thread guys, let’s pressurize the NFF to fight for this. they score 2goals in Nigeria and non was disallowed. This is a broad day light robbery!
    NFF do something, CAF do something, FIFA do something!
    we want our 3points and bragging right…let no half-baked referee and linesmen who appears to have been induced by SA officials mortgage our bragging right

    • Olusegun.B 2 years ago

      I totally agree. On two occasions did both referee and linesman deny Nigeria the two goals . NFF should not let it go at all

  • I smell a rat in the wrong calls of the match officials cancelling those two clear goals scored by Nigeria on the alter of “offside”. The South Africans are it again with their proclivity of influencing matches by crook. This ignominy must not be allowed to pass,IT MUST BE INVESTIGATED!
    That said,the South Africans could still nick qualification as one of the top third placed nations from the groups, considering we will be having more countries(24 countries) participating in next year’s AFCON.It’s not strictly the first two teams that go through,though I wish the South Africans don’t get to qualify

  • Empire 2 years ago

    South Africa is now synonymous with match fixing! 

  • beryl 2 years ago

    we should take this to nff, caf and fifa
    both on tweeter and any other means to
    investigate the officiating of the match.
    Pls, i dey beg ona wel wel.

  • see why s africa coach and their staff were boasting, bcuz they knw wat they plan wit de ref and linesmen. Pls this people must not go unpurnished. We won diz match 3 1. Shame on u africa ref, u are not worth to be leavin among the livings. We really missed ndidi. If pinnick dont take diz serious, they wil stil rubbed us for winning afcon. I knw so called mercyful nigerians wil overlook it oo. Mtchew.

    • Edoman of New Jersey, 2 years ago

      You called them ‘merciful Nigerians will overlook this matter’ I will call them cowards and stupid if the NFF fails to act on the S. Africa’s fraud. The goal should certify as S. Africa 1. Nigeria 3.

      The whole World is watching this Game in YouTube right now and shaming the Africans officiating systems as crud and backwardness.

  • Greenturf 2 years ago

    The Gambian officials made wrong calls and still surprise THE NFF are silent about this.What a shame.
    It’s really sad that Nigeria is never a protesting country even when it’s glaring they are robbed,they just keep mute and move on like nothing happened.I think the football authorities are not patriotic enough.They think of themselves and not the country so the fans are the ones vulnerable and at the mercy of this weird and unprofessional CAF officials.
    Our under 17 male team were robbed in Niger and we were butted out of the 2017 world cup but Nff just let go.Same happened twice with Cameroon in the nations cup final.We have officials who just take it in the chin and move on and I’m not surprise if it happens soon again because the African referees knows they can get away with it.
    Sadly,I felt sorry for Musa and his rising profile of scoring in most of our games lately and scoring a winner is special because you are the hero of the match day.
    Meanwhile,gobby Baxter and the South Africans kept quiet about the goals the match officials turned a blind eye on like if that calls happened against their team they are going to take it in the chin like our officials did.I knew if that call was against the South African team there would be wild protest and cry for justice.
    Apparently,the reason I’m shouting out for justice though we have qualified but this things needs to be done to save future occurrences.Football should be fair and should be played under fair ground and transparency.I feel sorry for the players for all their efforts which didnt reflect the result they deserve and the Nigerian fans who were gutted by this bizzare calls.It’s high time this kind of officiating is stopped!
    I hope the Nff takes this case to Fifa and bring the culprits to book we are gutted and we feel cheated and we need justice not tomorrow but now!

    • @Greenturf

      Thanks. Many fans have requested the NFF to lodge a complaint to FIFA. It is surprising why they are keeping silent as if nothing out of the ordinary happened. I agree with you that these despicable acts against us are continuing because these corrupt referees know that our officials won’t muster the courage to complain. It seems the NFF does not realize the emotional burdens the fans bear from these Kangaroo decisions. Some of us suffer loss of sleep, headaches and other emotional turmoils.

      Mr Pinnick has enjoyed the support of the fans. He MUST act NOW in our interest. Even the Bafana Bafana fans have spelt it clearly in their forum that the SE were robbed. If these lapses go uncorrected, how am I sure that they won’t resurface in Cameroon 2019. Those erring officials should be suspended for at least one year.

  • I usually watch super eagles matches twice, the first is always done emotionally, but at the second look, i watch it tactically. From looking at the match against south africa tactically i can conclude that iwobi was better than his fellow midfielders (ogu and etebo). Our opponent saw him as a big creative threat so they never gave him room or time, did you noticed that whenever Iwobi was one the ball, at least two south africa players comes to tackle him? he was tight marked. though he made mistakes, could not hold on on the ball. but he was the only midfielder out of the three who had the desire and energy to get things going, others were too conservative, despite some errors, i counted at least two key passes he made during the game, one of them could have led to a Goal if not for robbery. so, going forward i would advise that our midfield trio should be mikel/ndidi/iwobi or joel/ndidi/iwobi, even ajayi can play defensive midfield, Ogu is slower than mikel, he was afforded opportunities to turn defence to attack, but he failed woefully.
    OMERUO is error prone of recent……
    against Zambia in Ndola he was directly responsible for the goal we conceded,
    against Luxembourg in an international friendly he made an error that led to goal we conceded
    against Argentina at the world cup, he lost messi.
    against Seychelles, he mistimed his header and that almost led to a goal but for seychelles’ profligacy.
    against South Africa yesterday,…………….you can finish the sentence

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