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AFCON 2021: ‘Salah Magic’ Nullified As Super Eagles Outclass Egypt In Group D Opener

AFCON 2021: ‘Salah Magic’ Nullified As Super Eagles Outclass Egypt In Group D Opener

The Super Eagles got their AFCON 2021 campaign off to a perfect start after recording a 1-0 win Egypt in Garoua on Tuesday, Completesports.com reports.

It is the Eagles’ first win over Egypt at the AFCON since the 1990 edition in Algiers.

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Kelechi Iheanacho was the hero as his brilliant first half volley sealed the deserved win for the Super Eagles.

Liverpool star, forward Mohamed Salah was a ‘passenger’ all through the encounter as he was nullified by the Eagles defence.

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Egypt had the first chance on goal in the 5th minute through Mostafa Mohamed, who bursted on the right but his low shot was saved by Maduka Okoye.

The Pharoahs were forced into an early change as Akram Tawfik went off injured and was replaced by Mohamed Abdelmoner.

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In the 13th minute Egypt broke on a counter but Okoye came out quick from his area to thwart the danger.

Moses Simon has the Eagles’ first big chance on 27 minutes after he was played on by Joe Aribo, but he hit the side netting.

The Eagles’ early domination was finally rewarded through Iheanacho on 30 minutes. The Leicester City forward controlled Aribo’s header with his thigh before unleashing a brilliant left-foot volley into the top corner.

In the 38th minute, Awoniyi almost doubled the Eagles’ lead after he was played on by Iheanacho following a fast break, but the Union Berlin striker’s curler was not enough to trouble the Egyptian keeper.

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A minute later Ndidi went close with a low left foot strike close to the edge of the Egyptian box but his effort went off target.

In the second half, the Eagles continued from where they stopped in the first half and almost doubled their lead through Awoniyi but his header from a tight angle was palmed on to the bar by the Egyptian keeper.

Iheanacho should have gotten his second goal on 57 minutes but failed to control a pass with the goal at his mercy.

The Egyptians came out for the equalizer and went close following a cross but William Troost-Ekong made a timely clearance.

Iheanacho had another opportunity on 65 minutes but could only find the side net.

In the 71st minute Salah almost drew his side level after he beat the offside trap but Okoye saved with his feet.

And three minutes of added time Ejuke would have made it 2-0, but his effort was blocked for a corner.

The Eagles will return to action on Saturday, January 15 against Sudan while Egypt will battle Guinea-Bissau the same day.

MATCH STATS

NIGERIA 1 – 0 EGYPT

Scorer: Kelechi Iheanacho 30′

Venue: Roumde Adjia Stadium, Garoua

Referee: Bakary Papa Gassama (Gambia)

Lineups:

NIGERIA:

Maduka Okoye (Gk) – Ola Aina, Kenneth Omeruo (6- Semi Ajayi, 79th), William Troosy-Ekong (Capt.), Zaidu Sanusi, Wilfred Ndidi, Joe Aribo, Kelechi Iheanacho (25- Kelechi Nwakali, 79th min), Moses Simon (18 – Alex Iwobi, 90th min), Samuel Chukwueze (13- Chidera Ejuke, 71st min.), Taiwo Awoniyi (24- Sadiq Umar, 71st min)

Subs Not Used: Daniel Akpeyi
Francis Uzoho,Tyronne Ebuehi, Henry Onyekuru, Ahmed Musa, Frank Onyeka, Olisa Ndah

COACH: Augustine Eguavoen

EGYPT:

Mohamed El Shenawi (Gk) – Akram Tawfik (2 – M. Abdelmoneim, 11th min.), A.A. El Fotouh (12- Ayman Ashraf, 46th min.), M. El Wensa (9 Mohamed Sherif, 90th min), Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Elneny, Hamdi Fathi, Omar Marmoush, Trezeguet ( 21- Zizo 58th min), Mohamed Salah (Capt.), Mostafa Mohamed (23- Mohamed Sobhi 58th min.)

Subs Not Used: Omar Kamal, Emam Ashour, Ramadan Sobhi, Mohanad Lasheen, Abdalla El Said, Mahmoud Alaa El-Din

COACH: Carlos Queiroz

By Adeboye Amosu, in Garoua

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COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 45
  • very nice performance from SE today.It could easily have been 4-0 but for the anxiety of our strikers……..SE where stronger faster and fitter than the Egyptian players which made Egypt fall behind right from the start…….SE have a very calm approach when with the ball and immediately become aggressive when they lose the ball and that a joy to watch……..I said it times without number that SE has talent,they just need confidence and believe to make a difference and it was lacking before now………..the next match is an opportunity for SE to show everyone the kind of football they intend playing in this tournament…….. hopefully the strikers can be more relaxed in front of goal and interpret Eguaveon’s ideas to the African continent.

     
    • Nicely succinct submission @Akp.

      I have said this many times on this platform.

      When an outdated coach like Rohr has no confidence in himself, how can he instill same in the players?

      Rohr had no confidence in our players.. that’s why he wanted Ighalo back. What a shameless coach.

      He really proved he was just holding on to the job to maintain his salary with the latest thing he said. Check daily trust to see his comments.

      He had no desire to improve our football.

       
  • Ejuke and Chukwueze, very skilled dribblers but why do both always think they have to hit the final ball? That’s the difference between them and the matured runs and passes of players like Aina, Sanusi, Simon and Iwobi.

    I also think Awoniyi had a bigger presence and was more of a nuisance to the opposition, although you could see glimpses of Umar’s abilities too. He could have made it 2-0 if Ejuke had passed the ball – rather than shooting directly at the goalkeeper. Pure inexperience in placing the ball.

     
    • ALAMEDE 1 week ago

      thanks you omo. they are selfish players. With that, we can not win ANC.

       
  • Yes the super eagles really dominated this game through their scoring attempts, it’s a shame it’s was only a goal up but a win is a win.

     
  • John-I 1 week ago

    Dear Complete Sports,

    AFCON judges has given Man Of The Match to Kelechi Iheanacho. You can kindly give your own best player to ‘your’ prefered player.

    Yours sincerely,

    Reader!

    By the way, congrats to Super Eagles. They played more like the Eagles of 1994 lol. Great and total football.

     
  • Bomboy 1 week ago

    The Sudan coach that predicted that Egypt would win should be shaking in his boots right now. We will show them pepper on Saturday by God’s grace.

     
  • Bomboy 1 week ago

    Dr. Drey, Monkey Post, and all the other nay sayers how market?

    EGUAVOEN:
    – His team was depleted (no Osimehn, Dennis, etc)

    – He was appointed a few weeks to the start of the tournament

    – He was criticised and condemned by his very loud critics who prefer ‘grandpa Rohr’ to remain in charge

    – The team did not have any ‘grade A’ warm up friendly match

    – He dared to bench Ahmed Musa

    YET HE WON!

    Not only did he win, his team played brilliant football!

    He has transformed our Super Eagles from a team that plays cautious, defensive football to an attacking team with self belief, hunger and determination.

    I knew I would enjoy this AFCON!

     
    • Chima E Samuels 1 week ago

      Rohr is an Upgrade in the End Our players performed well because they played in their natural position, Shame to Rohr and his Asslickers, today Rohr condemned us that Egypt is at a higher level above Nigeria because we don’t have Liverpool! The fucking fraudster can talk shit he is still pained.

       
  • DeSTAR 1 week ago

    Please hear your erstwhile mechanic coach Oga Rohr ahead of today match ; written of the players already as usual

    AFCON: Nigeria don’t have players in Chelsea, Man Utd – Rohr takes dig at Super Eagles – Daily Post Nigeria – https://dailypost.ng/2022/01/11/afcon-nigeria-dont-have-players-in-chelsea-man-utd-rohr-takes-dig-at-super-eagles/

     
    • Bomboy 1 week ago

      It is that negative attitude that got him the sack. The man had no self belief or drive for success. He was always downplaying our chances and demotivating the boys. What could Egypt do with their Liverpool man? Nothing.

      Thanks to the NFF for booting him out and replacing him with a man with greater self belief.

       
      • Golden Child 1 week ago

        @Bomboy, I couldn’t agree more on Rohr, I have stated it before, a team is a reflection of the coach. He was always timid and tentative but he had so much talent to call on at his disposal. He had his good sides though but he was never going to win anything for Nigeria, just didn’t have the winners mentality.

         
      • MONKEY POST 6 days ago

        @Bomboy Congratulations I see that you have won the Afcon trophy already. Beautiful play but please let the beautiful play come with the trophy. Remember that’s the target.

         
    • Chima E Samuels 1 week ago

      Rohr is an idiot God will continue to expose him.

       
    • Oakfield 1 week ago

      Congratulations to the team. You Guys did absolutely well. And kudos to mr no nonsense. You really got your tactics right today and brought to life your board game YouTube analysis. You did very well. Congratulations to you once again. You really brought to reality the pattern and style you were talking about. Pls, maintain this tempo and don’t compromise. This standard ought to be kept by all means necessary. We really made Egypt with their one man army (Salah) look ordinary. At a point, I had to check again to see if it were Egypt we were really playing against or some secondary school team… Lol. Nice one, mr nonsense.

       
      • Mahmud Shuaib 1 week ago

        This is MATURITY. Tonight you earn my absolute respect @OAKFIELD. That is the spirit. A victory especially a sweet one for SE is a victory for we all.

        Where is @POMPEI? Eguavoen kinda listened to our team analysis to some extent. His 4-2-3-1 which morphed to 4-3-3 when we attack with pace was a joy to watch.

        The only notable difference from our LINE UP (you and me in one of our posts here) was pairing ONYEKA and Ndidi (my suggestion though which you agreed with) and playing Aribo in the hole behind Awoniyi.

        Everyone here who is objective will agree with me that AWONIYI is miles ahead of UMAR. Our attack actually petered out with the introduction of UMAR. Infact his lack of pace and aggression reminded me of ONUACHU. Lol

        Moses Simon (Oh Rohr, why?) Was a joy to.watch. was a menace as for the first time in ages (in SE jersey), he repeatedly beat his marker. Was also astute defensively.

        I always said it here, that without a coach, SE will always make at least semi finals of AFCON and on the strength of today, thats the minimum.

        It was very obvious that GERNOT ROHR stunted this team. He never allowed them play to their strength. Aina could easily habe made two assists today. The cross for Awoniyi and the run from deep that resulted in Iheanacho fluffing his lines. That guy would have sat on the bench today just like Zaidu had ROHR still been in charge.

         
        • JimmyBall 1 week ago

          @Mahmud Shuaib… tell them!!! We don talk tire but rather than listen to reason them choose to the insult us…

          “Let us fail with our own”… afterall we failed before lots of time with a foreigner like Rohr… nobody the buy exprinec for market… give you own opportunity and capacity in no time they will come through… Nigeria cannot even afford to pay a coach like Carlos Queiroz based on how these people the package themselves before Africans…

          …but see how one of our own with his assistants school Mr Carlos Queiroz. Let us learn to appraciate good mentors and leaders from within us and set a high bar with uncompromising standards so that given capacity they can perform.

          …Go and check wetin NFF want to pay Jose Peseiro, you will see it is over twenty(20) times Eguaveon’s salary as NFF Technical Director. The mango-head Amaju Pinnick sef wey see fit to smuggle a fraudulent $2m as Rohr payout clause, and only ever had to set semi-final target for Afcon for Rohr, shamelessly even had to say Eguaveon needs to win AFCON before he can retain Super Eagles coaching job… let us stop worshipping Whitemen…

          …As a nation, we have played football long enough, produced top class world acclaim footballers who are now coaches parading the highest football coaching badges for us to know and trust them to handle our own team as any white messiah will ever do… One love!

           
  • pompei 1 week ago

    I dey here with my chilled bottle of wine. I dey sing for Egypt and my lovely friend Mo Salah.

    Mo Salah, Salah,
    Whatever will be, will be
    We kicked your behind today,
    Mo Salah, Salah!
    Mo Salah, Salah, Whatever will be, will be
    No be Liverpool you dey,
    Mo Salah, Salah!

     
  • Richie 1 week ago

    This match was pure proof that Salah, in the midst of average players, will automatically be transformed into an average player himself…… imagine a whole Salah withdrawing back at some point during the game to defend for his team, so unheard of!!!! Arụ!!!! A whole “FIFA World Best Top Three” finalist..what a terrible disgrace!

    These Pharoahs were completely FLATTENED

     
  • To him maduka okoye is my man of the match though he didn’t do much but he made crucial saves and plus a clean sheet

     
  • Four four two 1 week ago

    Its not about the win but how they play. Rohr was killing our football .it showed. So Moses Simon is still the moses Simon that we know under Egu. I’m very convinced that if Rohr was in charge He will have asked Simon to play defensive as usual even less now the Salah was present.Though the finishing is not yet there the team was able to create many chances quite unlike under Rohr. NFF were right to have sacked Rohr. He was truely a disaster waiting to happen. Like I said it not about the win but the swagger, possession, movement , aggression and ball recovery. If I may ask when last did Rohr keep a clean sheet? For me if Egu should continue has S.E Coach for now even after AFCON unless he can be replaced by a real high profile coach not former Venezuela coach.

     
  • Detruth 1 week ago

    The Eagles really impressed me with how they played. Bravo guys, go get the gold…

     
  • Oakfield 1 week ago

    Congratulations to the team. You Guys did absolutely well. And kudos to mr no nonsense. You really got your tactics right today and brought to life your board game YouTube analysis. You did very well. Congratulations to you once again. You really brought to reality the pattern and style you were talking about. Pls, maintain this tempo and don’t compromise. This standard ought to be kept by all means necessary. We really made Egypt with their one man army (Salah) look ordinary. At a point, I had to check again to see if it were Egypt we were really playing against or some secondary school team… Lol. Nice one, mr nonsense.

     
  • tayo 1 week ago

    How do they play that have not at happen before? First half was only good and what happened in second half? Had it been Egypt is a good side they would punish us second half. Yes they won against a lacklustre Egypt. I decided not to talk before about this Egypt team that everyone is fearing just because of Salah. Today’s show a man cannot do anything alone in football. Nothing spectacular in that Egyptian team why not wait until we get to the heat of the competition? We have seen beautiful football played better than today during rohr era just that some of you out of hatred like to rubbish the man. Everyone know Nigeria has much better players than Egypt in all ramifications. Yes Nigeria won today congratulations to the team and Eguavon leave rohr out of the matter he is no longer the coach, remember he qualified for this competition and got to semi final of the last Afcon. If you need to know some of our best matches then go watch, south Africa, Cameroon,Tunisia even the Algeria match we lost in dying minute was a good match too. Once congratulations to Nigeria but it’s still far from over.

     
    • Golden Child 1 week ago

      admittedly those were good games but the SE was never DOMINANT in those games. We have played good games under Rohr like Brazil, Ukraine, South Africa, Cameroon, Algeria to name a few.

      Yes we have played well in the past and even in the 2018 wc qualifiers but we never really dominated the opposition like we did today; they had no chance and were totally subdued ; especially in the 1st half.

      It was like watching Manchester City play, that 1st half has to be the template. If they play like this every single game, no team will stop them.

      Let us move past Rohr, he has done his bit and we are grateful for his contribution. The likes of Aina, Ebuehi, Akpoguma,Osimhen, Uzoho,Collins, Awaziem,Ajayi,Aribo and Maduka were all integrated by Rohr. Whatever Eguavoen enjoys today was built on the foundation laid by Gernot Rohr but the future beckons and glory awaits the new SE.

       
      • tayo 1 week ago

        And which of those team can be compare with this very poor Egyptian team of today? We know the truth except we want to be sentimental. This must be the most poor Egyptian team in decades remember the same south African defeated them before Nigeria defeated the south African then. Am not trying to make any case for rohr but i hate it when people try to portray him as that bad haba it is unfair not even now that he has gone. why not let us delete everything about him and enjoy our football since our own is on the wheel it seems the cup is coming home lol

         
  • Chima E Samuels 1 week ago

    Rohr was a Criminal for leaving out decent players, and playing them in wrong positions. With words like Young players to demoralize our players. Osihmen must be having a rethink for not fighting to be in the team if he wanted to really show up, afterall Covid would have cost him only a few days.

     
  • OYEDELE Josiah AYOTUNDE 1 week ago

    I have said it before and will say it again. Rohr should have been sacked immediately after the world cup. Grandpa has obviously passed his prime.

    The only credit I will personally continue to give grandpa is his achievement to have steadied the ship. Aside that. He is never a winner.

    Truth be told, this NFF are doing more harm than good to our football. I believe it is high time Mr Picnic packed his luggage.

    Weldone SE

    Up Eagles.

    #PicnicOut

     
  • Golden Child 1 week ago

    Few things i learnt about the Super Eagles game today:

    1. God will forgive coach Rohr all his sins; so Moses Simon can play like this? This has to be his best performance in an eagles shirt. Playing with much poise and bravado! What a player! I must admit, i did not want him the first eleven but boy! did he prove me wrong.

    2.Ekong is still a decent center back. A lot has been said of Ekong and his Kamikaze defending but he was pretty solid today and gave the team a different dimension with his diagonal passes to the wings.

    3. Wilfred Onyinye Ndidi was in beast mode today. It was like we were watching Manchester City, especially in the 1st half. The way we were recycling the ball and we worked the press so well, Egypt were bamboozled and bereft of any ideas.

    4. Taiwo Awoniyi is a decent replacement for Osimhen. The Napoli hitman was a real miss but one can only imagine what might have been if he was part of the party. In his absence Taiwo put in a shift and was pressing from the front, you can tell that he is not the most technically gifted player but he throws himself about and works really hard. Based on how coach Cerezo wants to play, Dessers might fit just right in.

    5. Sadiq Umar was underwhelming . Not the best of displays from the Almeria goal getter but i will like to see more of him to guage his suitability for the team.

    6. Iheanacho from Leicester City showed up. What a goal from the Foxes man! His goal was well taken and his press was also good. H e really had a good game today.

    7. Chukwueze had 2 men on him any time he had the ball which freed Simon on the other side to do havoc. Also a decent showing by Ejuke and really pushed the Egyptians backwards with his runs, relieving pressure on the SE.

    8. Coach Eguavoen was tactically astute today. I must admit, i wasn’t happy with the lineup because i felt he was going with the same players used by Rohr and wondered where the creativity would come from ; given that we have struggled creatively in recent games. In hindsight now, he got his tactics spot on and i believe the team will grow from strength to strength . The SE played with suave and gusto, all action packed kind of football and it was refreshing to see. It might be early days but i like what i was served today and long may it continue. Ariba SE!

     
    • Mahmud Shuaib 1 week ago

      You are the only one here who is still living in the past. Even most ardent and very articulate ROHR backers like @OAKFIELD and @POMPEI both agree that the team played very well. Nigeria had 5 shots on goal compared to EGYPT. SE had more goal attempts than EGYPT. The second half that EGYOT dominated, did they muster ONE shot on goal? If not for EJUKE’s selfishness and poor finishing, SE would have scored 2 clear goals in that same second half.

      Get over your ROHRified hallucinations man and enjoy the moment.

      No one pays you to decide to live a bileful and hateful life.

      Enjoy the present and put the past where it is; behind.

      One love

       
      • Mahmud Shuaib 1 week ago

        @Tayo…response to your post

         
      • tayo 1 week ago

        You are the one being bileful and hateful here and even full of sentiments. I have said my own and it’s d truth, better move on from rohr saga thought u always criticised him for inviting mosses Simon but today same mosses was a menace and what some of you could say was because he was play out of position. We all know cos of his defensive quality was why he use him in 532 formation cos of what the team was passing through then even though it doesn’t work out but he didn’t fail cos he get his result but today every one can see the morale of the players may be they play for him because we all know he was a father figure even Eguavon alluded to it but nobody talk about that since the have won with our “own” coaches. As for the game truth was that it wasn’t a spectacular game cos Egypt was poor we only played well in first half but we were lucky and thanks to the same iheanacho whom most of you do abused rohr for using as number 10 then for the goal cos had it been d goal did not come in first half the result might not be what we got. Second half was poor the tempo dropped which was what used to happen during rohr era at times similar things happened against Cape Verde in Lagos when they failed to convert all the chances in first before they capitulated in second half. Let’s tell our self the truth Egypt of today was a very poor team even Cape Verdean or the Serialeonans that played against Algeria today will offer better play but in truth eagles created a new breath air but that is not to belittle rohr era as it has now becomes past tense. Once again congratulations to SE and Eguavon I remain a true SE fans whether he succed or not.

         
  • Thanks to Rohr for helping us with these players

     
  • Four four two 1 week ago

    @Pompei and Dr Drey where you.pls give us indepth analysis of what u have seen in this new look Eagles. Let’s keep the win aside. Has Egu brought any change in style of play to the team?

     
  • Emmy 1 week ago

    The high point of d game is when ndidi refused to be carried out. You can see d dedication and commitment.

     
  • Mr Hush 1 week ago

    Congratulations to the Super Eagles and Nigerians at large.

    It was a win well deserved.

    The Real Super Eagles stood up . And hopefully they sustain the tempo and more all through the tourney. Positive consistency. It’s all gold at the end!

     
  • Patrick 1 week ago

    Congratulations super eagles. God bless the coach and our players. Prior to the match the mechanic from France and Germany, (rhor or roar) was busy insulting our players. According to the carpenter or mechanic coach we dont have star players since they don’t
    play for liverpool, Manchester city etc.the carpenter is not aware that ihenacho and ndidi won fa cup in England. Awoniyi is one of the top strikers in Germany. Moses simon is among the top players in terms of assist in France. joe aribo and balogun won Scottish league, zaidu plays for porto one of the top clubside in Portugal. Ejuke club is no 4 currently in Russian league and chukwueze plays for the current Europa league champion.yet mr mechanic doesn’t believe we have players to excel in afcon. God is good. We finally close mr roar or rhoar chapter this afternoon. We said bye to ineptitude, cowardice (the boys are to young to play good football), failure to effect proper substitutions. God bless eguaevon and Nigeria super eagles.

     
  • Big names in one pic. Rightful Capito Onyinye Wilfred Ndidi, Kele Bobo, Sammu Chuks, Joe bobo aribo and Ola Wizzard Aina nawa o… quality full everywhere chai!!!!

     
  • OmoGold 1 week ago

    With the way the darling Super Eagles played Egypt today, we might just be on our way to winning the fourth AFCON title this year. They should remain quiet like a true Eagle and soar when called to action. I bleed green!!!

     
  • Marvelous 1 week ago

    Congrats to super eagles team. Am a strong supporter of Rohr, after all na humans de still support buhari and APC against Nigeria. But I love what Equavon and the team did today, I enjoyed the match just like the early days of Rohr.

    Please brethrens, I hate it when I sense elements of racism in people. Let us forget about Rohr, our main problem pinnick! And his gang.

    Don’t forget where Rohr picked us from and where he left us was not too bad. He qualified this team for this tournament with games to spare and he was at the semis in his first and previous appearance for Nigeria. I feel it is not good to sweep all his efforts under the carpet. It is something most of us will shade tears if done to us. Rohr did his best, he really tried for Nigeria. I still owe him love and respect.

    Kudos to Super eagles!!!!!
    Nigeria comes first before anything.

     
    • Rohr overstayed is the point! Wenger overstayed was the point. Is it that Wenger didn’t do great for Arsenal at a time? Ofcourse not!

      You leave what we are saying and you are trying to work up sympathy as if Rohr get that sympathy. Can you see the negativity in Rohr?https://dailypost.ng/2022/01/11/afcon-nigeria-dont-have-players-in-chelsea-man-utd-rohr-takes-dig-at-super-eagles/

      Just like in the Wenger’s case, Arsenal fans blamed Wenger and blamed the board too. So pls don’t tell us of the NFF we know already. Fact is that Rohr was taking us backwards and even when we advice he won’t listen. He won’t listen, he won’t resign!

      I am also happy for coaches like Amunike,Siasia who assembled good players in the age grade competition we are enjoying now. You see how easily Eguavoen called in Nwakali to join the squad? And he confidently subbed him in during the match. These are foundations our age grade coaches have put in place,for the senior team to easily work with.

       
  • pompei 1 week ago

    Mahmud Shuaib, it’s really amazing what we saw from the SE today!
    I feel a bit for Salah, who I love so much for his talent and humility, but the better team won today. No doubt about that.
    If not for some profligate finishing, and poor decision making from my boy Ejuke, Egypt could have collected more goals. I need Ejuke to be more selfless and purposeful with his play. If he uses his strengths for the team, that boy can be a huge asset for us.
    For me, Rohr is past tense. No need talking about him again.
    I supported him in the past when he did well. His world cup qualifying results were fantastic. Beating Mahrez and Algeria 3-1, whitewashing Afcon champs Cameroon 4 nil, and so on. In friendlies, holding Brazil to a 1-1 draw, beating Lewandowski and Poland 1 nil at home, beating our world cup nemesis Argentina 4-2. I supported him for those results. But when agbada started to hook barbwire, and I saw my dear Eagles languishing, flightless like starving chickens, we had to speak up. We had no choice!
    Rohr must bear his share of the blame, which is why he was sacked. But the lion-share of the blame rests on the incompetent shoulders of NFF ONIGBESE.
    Talking about NFF incompetence, perhaps Rohr could have done better if he had better pitches to play on?
    Today, we saw the difference a good pitch makes. Aribo was unrecognizable today. Aribo that is like a pussy cat on our eyesore pitches in Nigeria, became a lion before our very eyes. The lion that we watch and admire weekly playing for Rangers. This is just part of how NFF failed Rohr and Nigerians. Poor pitches, unpaid salaries, unpaid bonuses, etc!!!!
    Now Eguavoen is shining a new light and charting a new course for the team. Our team now plays purposeful, attacking football, founded on a solid defensive philosophy.
    Our problem now is FINISHING. We are poor in front of goal!
    Moses Simon, for all his heroics today, still needs to improve on deliveries into the box. Chukwueze was way too predictable with his left foot, and contributed little to our attack.
    E don tay since when I’ve been advising this boy to learn how to use that right foot of his. However, he was very good at helping out Aina defensively, so I appreciate his efforts in that respect.
    Iheanacho missed open net when he failed to control the ball. Awoniyi too missed a good chance.
    We’ve got to take our chances when they come. Against the best teams in the world, you will have perhaps a couple of chances in the entire game. If you fail to take them, your opponent will take their chances, and you are out.
    For the next game against Sudan, I want the team to come out guns blazing. I dey vex for that Sudan coach who predicted that Egypt will beat us. Let’s run up the score against them as much as possible.
    If Sudan need help carrying all the goals back to Khartoum, no problem. We will provide them with trucks for that purpose. Let us use that match to really sharpen our goal teeth. Our strikers and others should put the ball inside the Sudan net with reckless abandon. We need to imbibe the mindset of KEEP SCORING WITH EVERY CHANCE THAT COMES YOUR WAY.
    I’m sure Jimbo can now see the value in UNION TROOST EKONG, loooolz. No wahala, I know Jimbo criticizes with good intentions. We are all together. We move!
    Eguavoen has started a good thing. The kweshon now is – WILL NFF ONIGBESE DO THEIR PART AND GIVE HIM THE SUPPORT HE NEEDS?

     
  • Chibuike 1 week ago

    Umar sadiq is tall and big, he can’t charge ball or aggressive like Osemhen. Umar is just like Onuachu. Die munite coach was shouting for him to marke ball.