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AFCON 2019: Captain Musa, Awaziem, Ighalo Score In Eagles’ Away Win Vs Seychelles

AFCON 2019: Captain Musa, Awaziem, Ighalo Score In Eagles’ Away Win Vs Seychelles

By Johnny Edward:
The Super Eagles recorded their first win of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Cup qualifiers defeating Seychelles 3-0 in their Group E clash in Victoria on Saturday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Goals from Captain Ahmed Musa, Chidozie Awaziem and Odion Ighalo gave the Gernot Rohr’s men a comfortable win in the encounter.

The win wass the first for the Super Eagles in two years away from home. Their last away win was against Zambia in Ndola.

The Super Eagles were aggressive at the start of the game forcing their hosts into defending in numbers.

Musa led by example firing home a thunderous strike from the edge of the box which beat Jerome Longueuil in goal for Seychelles in the 15th minute.

The lead was doubled in the 34th minute when Awaziem finished off a rebound after Kelechi Iheanacho’s free kick hit the upright.

Ighalo had a chance to make it 3-0 three minutes later after he beat the offside trap but his lob over the goalkeeper came off the crossbar.

At the start of the second half, the Super Eagles started how they ended in the first stanza, in the half of the Seychellois and were duly rewarded with a goal three minutes before the hour mark.

Samuel Kalu who was making his debut for Nigeria was brought down in the box and the resultant spot kick tucked in by Ighalo.

The goal was Ighalo’s fifth for Nigeria and it also ended his nine game goal drough for the Super Eagles.

The Changchun Yatai striker missed a chance to make it 4-0 but his effort was block by the Seychellois defence.

Rohr brought on Oghenekaro Etebo for Iheanacho, Semi Ajayi for Chidozie Awaziem who copped an injury during the course of the game, and Henry Onyekuru for Samuel Kalu but neither of them could add to the tally.

Nigeria still remain third in the group despite the win, and will host Libya in their next game.

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  • Omo9ja 3 years ago

    First of all many thanks to God almighty for the 3 points.

    I’m not here to talk about the win today but I am here commenting on how we played the match.

    I watched the match live and I can tell you all that half Siasia is better than the current manager.

    If to say we played against the experienced team in today’s match, the outcome of the match might be different.

    How on earth the coach left his best players on the bench and letting unconvincing players to play?

    Same thing happened at the world cup and the same thing repeating itself today abah, we can’t continue this way. So therefore, we have no coach.

    Semi Ajayi and Henry onyekuru could have came in earlier than that. What was Ighalo doing on the pitch to the last minutes of the match?

    How about Onazi? What was Ogu and Nwakeli were doing on the bench? Haaa, this is a bad market if Nigeria fails to qualify to the next year Afcon in Cameroon.

    The Editor called most of us doubters few days ago and he can now see that we were not?

    Lastly, just a simple question before I go. Do we have a coach or we should call Siasai back to build this team for us?

    This is not the issue of cursing one another ooo. The way everyone reasoning is different. I am talking to those who can think about now and future.

    It’s time to face the truth again ooo my people because tomorrow might be too late. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Omo9ja, I agree with most of your points on the line up. Ighalo, Onazi and even Etebo shouldn’t have played or started. But I think sometimes, people overhype Siasia. For crying out loud, he has coached SE before and was sacked for poor player management (just like Oliseh) which ensured he made history in reverse with Nigeria failing to qualify for Afcon for the first time ever (2015).

      Secondly, ask yourself, if Siasia is that good like his praise singers want us to believe, how come no other African club or national team has ever appointed him becore? We know his agent applies for him too. Keshi coached Togo and Mali, Christian Chukwu coached Kenya, Rohr coached Niger and Gabon, Amunike coached El Khartoum and now Tanzania, the late Shuaibu Amodu coached Orlando Pirates FC of SA.

      Siasia may be good with U23 and U20, but he and Oliseh don’t know how to manage senior players to get the best results. Always infighting and crisis in the team.

    • Hi Omo9ja,

      Thanks for pointing me to the direction of the link to the match; that was helpful. What it is, is that the shortcomings you attributed to Rohr in your contribution above is not dissimilar to those I have heard been attributed to some of the best coaches on the planet.

      Why did Rafa Bernitez leave out Peter Crouch in the final of the champions league? Why did Bonfere Jo leave out semi-final hero Aghaowa in the starting line-up against Cameroon?…..I can go on and on.

      The truth, it would seem, is that a section of fans find it difficult to forgive and forget the manner in which we threw away a two favourable positions against Argentina (draw, we advance; win, we advance) with less than 5 minutes to go. I was among that section of fans.

      Time is a great healer and it is doing a great job in healing me from that hurt, hence I am moving on.

      Omo9ja, there will always be that temptation to appraise this and subsequent matches of the Super Eagles under Rohr to the world cup matches but I implore you to move on from that simply because seeing subsequent matches on their own merit should give you a fresh perspective.

      I was rather disappointed today because I was hoping we would score more goals against one of the lowest ranked teams on the planet.

      The 3 points are good but I would like to see a bit more polish, cohesiveness, intricate play, crosses from deep and wings into dangerous areas, winning philosophy and ‘build-up plays leading to well taken goals’.

      There is no reason to panic just yet. The real tests will come against Libya and South Africa and if Rohr fails those tests, questions would then need to be raised regarding his suitability for the Eagles going forward.

      Kind regards


      • Omo9ja 3 years ago

        You are welcome deo. Happy weekend. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Haymaker 3 years ago

      I agree with you Omo9ja. Rohr apparently didn’t learn from our world cup experience. He continues to make curious selections. Why Onazi and Ighalo are still starting ahead of players like Ogu, Etebo and Onyekuru is beyond me.

  • Good game overall. 

    1. If only there’s a way Rohr can play both Samuel Kalu and Simon Moses upfront, one RWF, the other LWF, SE won’t miss Victor Moses so much. 

    2. Is Ighalo really Nigeria’s best No9 at the moment? It’s a puzzle to mecos he’s nowhere the height of those who have worn that shirt number in previous years.

    3. People praise Etebo a lot, but I think he’s a one-dimensional, predictable player prone to mistakes. In the middle, I’ll pick Kelechi Nwakali & Ndidi ahead of the pack of Etebo, Ogu and Onazi.

    4. Idowu is hardworking but spoils 70% of the chances in the final third. I think Ebuehi should have the RB locked down. 

    5. A few of these tweaks here and there and SE would pick maximum points in the rest of the qualifiers (home and away) and go on to win Afcon 2019.

  • Three points most important. There is a way of gradually integrating fresh players into any team. Job done. Stop unnecessary pulling down. Half Sisia better? I hear you.

  • hahaha i laugh in swahili, now we know, we dont have a coach. wen i was crying diz coach wil never learn from past mistakes. but no one pity my tears. now ighalo missed 5 one on one chances away.and pass de ball to his opponent often. diz coach need to be kil. wel omo9ja is also a good thinkin man. unlike some zee world fans in diz forum

  • Nawa oo what was nwakali doing in the bench

  • @ omonja,

    I can’t but agree with you, sentiments aside is this the best we can produce. Really miss the days of great players in our team. We have a long way to go.

  • This is a very poor Match by Nigeria football standard. I’m really disappointed with the standard of our play and performance. And again does Rohr have the quality to Give us a quality team that can hold its own when the chips are down?
    The pedestrian performance of the likes of Onazi,ighalo,
    Omeruo and Iheanacho
    leaves a lot to be desired. His tactical analysis and substitution does not reflect his high rating. Why did he leave Onyekuru so late till 82nd minutes before his introduction? Why do you have a ball playing Nwakali on the bench for 90mins? When is Simy going to have his chance with off and misfiring Ighalo getting starter shirt ahead of him.
    . Rohr needs to improve his tactics and make the team competitive.

  • Ikeben 3 years ago

    The game was not a bad one, but several observation made.

    1. Musa is still very relevant to Super Eagles. His scoring ability is better than before, like wine that gets better with age. So I don’t see him retiring soon. And I prefer to captain in absence of Mikel, not Onazi

    2. Nigeria is spoilt for choice in the right wing. The absence of Moses will not be felt because of the likes of Kalu, Onyekwere, Moses Simon.

    3. The boys became complacent after the 3rd goal, it should have been at least 5:0. I hope it doesn’t hunt us later.

    4. Ighalo needs a competitor, let him be benched for some time,he is still wasting chances.

    5. The defense line was too high and shaky, I hope we will not try it with South Africa or Libya

    In all, job well done and 3 points in the bag

  • Jensen Josh 3 years ago

    Nigeria played rubbished….

    An excellent goal from musa that is the only player I must commend as well as Leon,

    Bryan Idowu is not good at all go for a better player rohr a certain oshaniwa that has been inactive is better in that left back position or Kingsley Madu, Axe ighalo he can’t even score against SEY
    onyekuru is better

    And stop putting Ogu on the bench no midfielder could unleash short from long range…

  • Michael 3 years ago

    hahahah.. Nwakali is still in the level of under 20. we can’t use inexperienced players in crucial matches,l. someone is comparing Nwakali and Etebo, Ogu and Onazi