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Atletico Midfielder, Ex-Barca Star On Target As Mexico Outclass Home-based Eagles In Friendly

The home-based Super Eagles were handed a valuable football lesson from Mexico who ran out 4-0 victors, in the international friendly played in Los Angeles USA in the early hours of Sunday, Completesports.com reports.

A brace from Atletico Madrid midfielder Hector Herrera and goals from former Barcelona forward Jonathan Dos Santos and Rogelio Funes Mori, who plies his trade in Mexico, secured the comfortable win for El Tri.

Mexico bossed the early exchange and deservedly went 1-0 up in the 2nd minute through skipper Herrera, who slammed home a corner after he was left unmarked at the far post.

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Just two minutes later Mexico doubled their lead as Funes Mori finished off a cross from the right with his left foot.

Mexico continued to boss proceedings and almost extended their lead on 25 minutes but Jesus Tecatito’s effort missed the target.

In the 29th minute it was the turn of Hirving Lozano to try his luck but Stanley Nwabali got down well and parried for a corner.

Mori almost got his second goal on 38 minutes but sent his left-footed  volley just over the bar.

The Mexicans resumed their dominance of the game and had a chance to go 3-0 up following a dangerous shot by Lozano which Nwabali punched away for a corner.

But in the 51st minute Mexico went 3-0 up thanks to Herrera who grabbed his second of the game.


Mexico captain, Hector Herrera turns to celebrate his goal against Nigeria

In the 57th minute the Eagles made a double change with Stephen Jude and Sunday Adetunji replacing Adekunle Adeleke and Charles Atshimene.

The Eagles went close to getting on the score sheet but Alfredo Tala made a good save.

And in the 77th minute Mexico got their fourth goal through Dos Santos who finished with a superb strike after Erick Gutierrez sent a pass behind the Eagles’ defence.

MATCH STATS: Mexico 4-0 Nigeria
Goal scorers: Mexico – Hector Herrera ( 2´& 51´); Rogelio Funes Mori (4´); Jonathan Dos Santos (77´).
Yellow cards:  L. Rodriguez (Mexico, 21´); I. Obot ( Nigeria, 42′)
Referee: Oliver Vergara (EU)
MEXICO: 1.- A. Talavera; 3.- C. Salcedo (23.- J. Gallardo at 77 ‘); 4.- E. Álvarez; 5-. O. Rodriguez; 11.- R. Funes Mori (10.- O. Pineda at 66 ‘); 14.- E. Gutierrez (13.- A. Cervantes at 77 ‘); 16.- H. Herrera capt. (6.- J. Dos Santos at 66′); 17.- J. Corona (18.- E. Alvarez at 66′); 19.- G. Sepulveda; 21.- L. Rodríguez (8.- K. Alvarez , 77’); 22.- H. Lozano.
Coach: Gerardo Martino.
NIGERIA: 16.-  Stanley Nwabali; 3.- Imo Obot Udo; 4.- Anthony Shimaga; 6.- Olisa Ndah; 7.- Anayo Iwuala capt.; 8.- Uche Onwuasoanya (2.- M. Rabiu, 66 ‘); 11.- Charles Atshimene (11.- S. Adetunji,  57 ‘); 13.- Adekunle Adeleke (14.- F. Tebo, 66 ‘); 19.- Seth Mayi (21.- S. Jude,57 ‘); 20.- Tope Oluesi; 24.- Ibrahim Sunusi.
Coach: Gernot Rohr.
By James Agberebi

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  • Mr Hush 3 years ago

    Don’t want to beat a horse when he is down but I suppose this would put to bed the self denial and deception that there are talents in the NPFL good enough for the Eagles. There is simply no quality in the Nigerian league. That’s no argument. That’s simply the truth backed up by fact.
    With all respect and objectivity, we should stick to our best, the foreign brigade. Atleast till we fix our league.

    Like everything else concerning Nigeria , Our best legs and minds are out there, far from being home based.
    The Nigerian society is facing degradation and retrogressing in all facet. If we don’t fix the society and our current mentality,there will be minimal (or no) success coming from home.
    Can it be fixed?
    It seems a long shot but it can be done. What can I say, I am an optimist.

    • Diran 3 years ago

      This just goes to show that Nigeria’s best legs and minds are mostly living offshore or outside the country. You could see the gulf in class between the home-based players and the foreign legion and the gulf in class in comparison to Mexico’s national team. All those calling for home-based players and coaches in Super Eagles should henceforth keep quiet and stop deceiving themselves as our best legs and minds are based abroad or outside the shores of this country. i rest my case. Thanks

    • Dr Drey 3 years ago

      First, your coach tells you he doesn’t believe in you PERIOD!… Next your “Technical Director” comes to do the job of the coach (square peg in round hole). Then, you support him with a coach who has been the absolute worst at managing a national team in the history of the land. Then, the “Technical Director” could not make the trip. In comes the one person who expressly told you “you ain’t shit” to the rescue?… All this with less than a week of training together?

      Minus the other underlying factors, if this is not the perfect definition of planning to FAIL, I wonder what is. The only reason it seems like the eagles are somewhat ok is solely because of the quality of players we currently have at HOME AND ABROAD!… Amaju and Rohr have no business with football.

  • Oralivato 3 years ago

    This is a game that could have been avoided,rather some NFF bigwigs decided to use this game to siphon public funds all in the name of international friendly match that wasn’t friendly.
    Those of you clamouring for an all inclusive home based players into the A team,I hope you are satisfied.
    The majority of the players that were featured in that game lobbied their way through.

  • Richie 3 years ago

    Sunday Dare and his cohorts have gotten their full tickets’ worth now… Nansense and ingredient

  • Up roha he said it and they said his always negative look at the result now.

  • Dennis 3 years ago

    When Rohr said it, they told him to shut up and work. Sports minister questioned why he was undermining our local players. Alas, everyone can see it glaringly. Maybe we should use home-based players for the World Cup qualifiers. I didn’t bother to watch the match cos I knew we would be destroyed. Why can’t our leagues be up to the standards of south Africa’s league or those in North Africa? Simple. We play politics to the detriment of us as a country then go out to support leagues that are properly ran by professionals. We should ask ourselves this question that if EPL, la liga, bundesliga, Seria A, French league were all ran like our league, would people be interested in them? Your guess is as good as mine

  • enerckey 3 years ago

    Even to a point the commentators start laughing at Nigeria, because the Mexican team were far too good for our home base eagles chasing ball for good 10 minutes is an insult. Mr sport minister ” you known nothing about football, this is not primary election or sport budget” i watched the match and i really feel sorry for the home base due to the disgrace they face from the Mexican team that were playing A class football with quick feet and long through pass without mistake.

  • Kenny 3 years ago

    National disgrace thanks to Criminals in running out football.

  • Bubu minister should come out and talk now or else he should keep shut forever and stop interfering in our football affairs rather face the useless government they are doing with his oga at the top

  • Footballfanatic 3 years ago

    Watch that ranking get hit….. You think FIFA cares if u field Team F like these failures last night lmaoo… This was a shambolic display. Mexico were taking it easy with us.

  • charles 3 years ago

    Rohr is laughing hahahahah

  • SAMUEL 3 years ago

    Yes,we lost to a more and well oiled Mexican team.These are home based super eagles players selected under 3 weeks to execute an international friendly match,their first ever international exposure.I am not disturbed about the result,but I saw some players that are hungry for success and in no time they will make it.Years back Enyimba FC of ABA played Inter Milan FC in a friendly club match and it ended 7 nil or 7 -1.in favour of the Italian club.After that match Enyimba FC became a force in African football.
    Now ask yourself for the past 5 years,how many friendly matches has NFF arrange for this home based super eagles? These boys just need small exposures and you all will see the best.Even with our best foreign players did we win Afcon !!! NFF has plenty work to do in our NPFL.How many of our local League club play friendly matches with their foreign counterpart.Let us stop all these blaming games everywhere.Today you blame Gtornot Rohr and tomorrow you blame Home based players or our league.This is a social media platform that we can contribute our own qouta for the development of our football.Even South Africa with their well organised league did not qualify for AFCON.
    Let’s join ideas together and impact positively to our football .Thank you

    • GLORY 3 years ago


  • pompei 3 years ago

    Shebi they said Rohr has not won a tea cup? They said Rohr qualifying us for tournaments with 2 games to spare is nothing worth celebrating. Oya, let us use this Otondo Eagles to prosecute our world cup qualifiers na. With the foreign legion, we are qualifying with 2 games to spare, with these TALENT REPETE ORISIRISI bunch, we will likely be eliminated after our first 2 or 3 games. Then, I will ask my good buddy Omo9ja and his cronies if qualifying for tournaments with 2 games to spare is not as good as, if not better than, winning a tea cup.
    We don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone. What we are enjoying with Rohr and the foreign legion, we better not spoil it!
    Omo9ja and cronies, the floor is open for you.

  • LMAO……

  • It’s now as clear as day that our best talents are Europe-based and those clamouring for quota of home based players inclusion into the fold of the mainstream Super Eagles had better shirked themselves of that folly.

    This is not alluding there are no talents in the Nigerian football leagues; but they remain largely unpolished, due partly to the shabby nature of our leagues.For now,them going to Europe is their best bet of getting refined.

    Imagine if this game were to be a competitive game!

    CHAN tournament is there as the commensurate level for the home-based to strut their stuff.

  • @Samuel you gave a more matured comment.

    1. It’s not bad if nff asked homebased players to execute this. If they don’t have this experience, when are they going to have it.

    2. If we are serious what we should look at is not the defeat but how many players can join the A team. That’s how to think.

    3. Even Germany A team and other too teams have lost scandalously in friendlies.

    4. We need to help ourselves from blaming everything whenever things go wrong. We need help in this area.

    5. In 1990 eagles lost first match 5-1 against Algeria but still qualified for the final. The handlers put the loss behind them and looked the areas they have to improve on.

    6. We hate failures in this country because we have taught in school that failure is evil and bad but it’s not. We have been fooled.

    7. When we lose friendly marches we become dejected and begin to blame everybody as if the ones we are blaming have not done anything good before. Has pinnick and nff not done some good things before.

    Let’s change out attitude.

    The coaches should have capped that boy from Tottenham. If Mourinho could promote him to first team, there must be some good in him. Rohr should let us know two or three players that can upgrade to the A team.

    • Winsome Dude 3 years ago

      No,it is better not to cap in a match that he will regret playing for the country.

    • Chris 3 years ago

      I was expecting you will add to your list: 8: Nothing good will come from anything bad. Our NPFL is as bad as the word BAD and so the products of the NPFL are certainly going to showcase how bad the NPFL is.

      Truth be told, these Mexicans took their feet off the pedal or how could you have explained just 2 goals under 5 mins and no more?

  • Let there be a rematch,I bet the scoreline won’t be 4-0 again. Just like Samuel talked about enyimba inter millan,I recall Nigeria Nation’s cup team to Algeria 1990. Mostly home based players.in our first game,the scoreline was 5-1 in favour of Algeria.we managed to get to the final,this time around, Algeria struggled to beat us 1-0. So let’s afford them more friendlies like this

  • JimmyBall 3 years ago

    @Samuel, @Christian Ministeries Nigeria, and @Dan thank you all joor… We need to encourage these boys and not lambast them. I still believe that there are players in the league even far better than lots selected for this game… This game will spur the boys to do more and we will see the result in CHAN. A team put together in 3weeks… I am not disappointed abeg. I saw quality players in their ranks with high ceiling to improve and be refined… One love!

    • Mr Hush 3 years ago


      In as much as I respect and understand your position,humour me, tell me one local based player that’s presently better than Chidera Ejuke or better yet K. Nwakali? (Both names are chosen for the obvious reason that they haven’t even broke into the main Eagles, despite their “quality”).
      And the key word is “presently”.

      We keep talking about talent forgetting talent is all in context, it is the simplest of things found in a man.
      Talent should be in tandem to level.
      A JSS one student, no matter how intelligent, doesn’t take a PHD exam.
      Not because he isn’t intelligent, just because he isn’t ready for that programme.

      The Super Eagles is not a place for unpolished talent.
      The National team is the apogee and not for beginners.

      3 weeks is enough for any professional to get a decent job done. Especially boys playing in the same league. Good doesn’t take forever. We aren’t expecting a win but atleast show your stuff positively.. Even The boys playing at the Euros didn’t train together for too long but we can all see the quality most possess.
      The excuse we lost to Algeria by 5-1 (in 90) can never correlate. We lost to Algeria with a good professional squad with most coming from a good professional league. The homefront was good and well ran then. We had good quality in the Nigerian league. So no surprise when we bounced back. It was expected.

      It is different now. In the most negative way. The homefront is far from professional and far from good.

      Rather than giving inexcusable excuses that are fallible , we should be calling out the shot callers to do what’s appropriate; fix the homefront. Fix the league. fix the system!

      Self deceit and self denial is not encouragement, on the contrary , it is denying true introspection that would lead to growth.

      We all know the problem. We should face it in accord.
      No more deflections.

      • Jones 3 years ago

        @Mr Hush God bless you my brother

      • JimmyBall 3 years ago

        @Mr.Hush… I see your passion and understand the level you demand… Atge question is… Should we have cancelled the game? The sensible answer is no… What we did not do that I advised from beginning was to have included a few fringe foreign pros… This friendly was announced like two months ahead… Could we not have gotten. Places like a few good ones in Turkish league? The likes of Paul Mukairu… Kayode Olanrewaju, Yusuf Alhassan (Sweden), Kelechi Nwakali, Iyayi Atienwem, even Musa Yahaya who used to be in Porto B, the new guy at Greuthe Furth(Germany)… Rohr was supposed to have aired his views from beginning but should still have gone ahead to make the right calls and give fringe players who we all want to a see some chance… Are Sanusi Ibrahim and the young goalie from Tottenham not from teams abroad with Preseason in mind? Who do you tumble out and all 22man list of NPFL players and go to play Mexico who are ranked 11th in the world of not deliberately setting the home lads up to be mocked… Still I believe they did alright considering their opposition… I doubt if our main team could have drawn the game or won it aslo of they had played! But I respect your submission… My take however is that me I see enough talents needing exposure even from the game just played against Mexico…

        • Nkemjikapj 3 years ago

          Thanks sir… Exactly my thoughts too..we have an enormous pool of foreign talents who have been uncapped and hungry to don the green and white jersey.
          An international friendly against mexico was never one to test home-based players..
          Why can’t we test them against their fellow counterparts.
          Well, it has happened and we have all learnt our lessons.

      • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

        @Mr Hush This is where most of you fail. Even if you give this coaches Messi and Ronaldo they will fail. Leave the players out of this trash our coaches are rubbish….. I have given names of those that should be counted on…..

        • Mr Hush 3 years ago


          It seem you must be misreading my point. (Off which I partially agree with you on your previous submission)

          I would put this in the simplest of ways..

          The Nigerian local system;football inclusive (ideology, mentality, players,coaches, administration, management, facilities..)is a mess.
          It needs an urgent fix.

          The system.nothing but the system.

        • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

          Better said all is trash. Let Jesus come and help us! Because there’s more calamity in the wait. Na we wey dey outside dey feel the heat pass coz the mocking of Nigeria as whole is just too much to take.

        • Ako AMADI 3 years ago

          Why was Yo go an analyst at the Euro2020 SuperSports studio instead of coaching the home-based Eagles? Why is the Sports Ministry telling Nigerians lies?

      • Gbam!

  • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

    Who was expecting a win or draw before? Does anyone think anything good will come out of Aigbogun? Nigeria is good at making mistakes over and over again. Guy man don cash out now he will go back to Nigeria and use the money for his endeavors. We have local coaches that would have made a statement, example is Akwa united coach that has wowed fans with his beautiful football. Pinnick is a Demon and will continue to fail Nigeria by giving us incompetent coaches the last time was Ladan Bosso now it’s Aigbogun. Make them continue to play with una head. Football is now a major business in Nigeria while the lovers suffer. R.I.P to Nigeria football……

    • JimmyBall 3 years ago


      • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

        Jimmy make I list their names. Ladan Bosso, Imama and Aigbogun are serial failures. Salisu aside the bribe thing is not a bad coach check the last time we played Atletico Madrid the players did well, same applies to Obuh these are average coaches but better than the above.

        on the next list are Boboye,fidelis,Manu, Siaone after banned finishes,and that Akwa united coach are the sort of coaches we should be looking up to henceforth for emergency assignments like this and they’ll not disgrace us even with local players. Shame catch me o even if I expected the loss i was still pained by the defeat because it will enter history.

  • Quality can never hide. It’s like a golden fish. The worst that can to this so called Nigeria, is already on the horizon. It will be sold to the highest bidder, Mark my words..I am not a regular here however l follow proceedings closely so no clown without costumes should dare come after my comments.we keep deceiving ourselves thinking magic will fall from heaven. Comparing the days gone by when we had the best of football to today is like comparing Oranges and apple. The world has moved on. We are stuck in past glories. Countries use softwares to play football today, common playing turf we haven’t gotten right and some jack in d dustbin are here talking gibberish optimism. Na y d country no gree move. Instead of facing the truth and do the hard work no na optimism and prayer.nonsense and ingredients

  • Ako AMADI 3 years ago

    This is a national disgrace! Why do we love mediocrity in this country? This is a performance scorecard of the Ministry of Sports and the NFF. No wonder the coaches Yobo and Evuavoen slipped away.

  • I think we have now realized the home based players have a lot of catching up to do and it is no fault of theirs . Our Ingnorant sports minister does not realize that the NPFL has a lot of issues some of which includes the planning of the league and the quality of coaches available to train players on the rudiments of football.

    Our sports minister obviously does not defer to data and statistics at all. The bulk of the players in the Super Eagles are from the youth teams, the diaspora and a few trickles that passed to academies to foreign clubs, very very few from the local league. What developmental programme as the sports minister championed with the NFF to improve the quality of local players ? I doubt if there are any . We need more coaches and better trained coaches in the league from grassroot to national level . What has the minister done about this ? I doubt if he has done anything . The critsiscm of Rohr is just for public consupmtion and to mask their lack of capacity to improve sports in Nigeria .

    Our local players lack critical knowledge , skills and the right behaviour to develop world class players . If the Minister is trully intersted in the plight of the local players he should sit with the NFF and let them design a model that will provide adequate coaching and start imbibing the right knowledge, technical skills and attitudes in our players from a tender age . A player must have a level of football education either through schools or through the academies to play in the league. They must also increase the number and quality of coaches available in NIgeria . Our present framework will kep failing.

    For the local players , they should take heart and take their own capacity development in there own hands . For now that is the only way you can have a chance at success if you are based in Nigeria

  • JimmyBall 3 years ago

    @Mr.Hush… I see your passion and understand the level you demand… The question is… Should we have cancelled the game? The sensible answer is no… What we did not do that I advised from beginning was to have included a few fringe foreign pros… This friendly was announced like two months ahead… Could we not have gotten like a few good ones in Turkish league? The likes of Paul Mukairu… Kayode Olanrewaju, Yusuf Alhassan (Sweden), Kelechi Nwakali, Iyayi Atienwem, even Musa Yahaya who used to be in Porto B, the new guy at Greuthe Furth(Germany)… Rohr was supposed to have aired his views from beginning but should still have gone ahead to make the right calls and give fringe players who we all want to a see some chance… Are Sanusi Ibrahim and the young goalie from Tottenham not from teams abroad with Preseason in mind? How do you tumble out an all 22man list of NPFL players and go to play Mexico who are ranked 11th in the world of not deliberately setting the home lads up to be mocked… Still I believe they did alright considering their opposition… I doubt if our main team could have drawn the game or won it aslo of they had played! But I respect your submission… My take however is that me I see enough talents needing exposure even from the game just played against Mexico… Most of our
    A-Team players are still in Nigeria even at this
    moment… South America, Europe, and North
    America have their national teams and players
    still engaged in processes towards tournament
    or tournaments proper… no team has started
    any serious preseason… Preseasons are expected in earnest after next weekend…
    from around 11th/12th of July… Home Eagles
    conceded 4goals and we want to kill them
    yet our Super Foreign Stars played a lesser
    team and swallowed 4goals in their net also…
    not forgetting we played Cameroun recently
    over 180minutes and could not even score
    a single goal… Let’s not behave as if our
    A-Team are elite in the world… They would have
    been caged with our usual defensive tactics
    against this Mexico side also… Just saying!

    • Mr Hush 3 years ago


      It is wrong to assert that the main Super Eagles can’t beat the Mexicans just because we didn’t score against Cameroon with some of our key players missing.
      The fact remains that we don’t know what the outcome would be, cause it wasn’t played. You never know. Better yet, as a betting man,with a full squad, my money is on the Eagles. Mexico isn’t better than Brazil or Argentina, we held our own against both on different occasions.

      But I digress,it is an unnecessary deflection bringing up the A-team on an issue that doesn’t need their mention.
      The highlight should be focus on our local scene, local football system and administration and how we are falling short.
      We should focus on fixing these problems affecting our growth in the local scene.
      Like I stated, if we are being objective, we all know the problem. We should hope to fix it or the decay continues, no matter our perception on local talent..

      • Nkemjikapj 3 years ago

        Wise answer…At least, our A team has never lost with more than a goal margin for as long as I can think

    • Kenneth 3 years ago

      Of course they will come out like ants that have been fed sugar. They know the NFF is broke and needed this funds to sustain themselves. They had the option to cancel this friendly but they wouldn’t all in the name of money. And what was the PE TEACHER looking for at the stadium. Someone who is not ready to coach the team is on the bench, to do what. The NFF set this team to fail, we all know that from the onset, and just like stated, there are other players in foreign clubs that could have been called up. All this is all politics we know how it’s been played. I still believe the Mexicans would have beaten your almighty foreign based team.

      • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

        What was the PE teacher doing in the stadium? Lmao! Are you not the same person who was asking what was the job of the PE teacher?? Are you not the one asking why is he not coaching the team?? Lmao!! The team is set up for failure?? Whatever happened to the many talents in the NPFL?? The almighty foreign can not beat Mexico yes agreed but let it happen first. If we can stand our own against Brazil and Argentina like a reasonable fellow has said above then bring on Mexico. Instead of them to accept that our league is nothing to write home about at this point in time they’re here hyping Awori players Lmao!!

  • Ako AMADI 3 years ago

    Those Nigerians who were asleep missed a good opportunity to evaluate the status of Sports in the country at first hand.

  • Jones 3 years ago

    The CHAN Eagles have tried, they should go back home and enroll for N-Power scheme football is not for them

    • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

      And you think Rohr is omitted from all the mishaps. Everything about Nigerian football at the moment is nothing to write home about, except if you were born today. Most of you think qualifying for tournaments is everything even though you don’t achieve the ultimate after that. Continue Jonsing!

      • JimmyBall 3 years ago

        @Chima E Samuel… na wa to you o! Even though we go tournaments without winning… atleast FIFA and CAF knows we qualified with two games to spare… ehen nau! Lol…

        • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

          LMAO, even 3 games to spare self make we enter no32 wey we never see before from no76 abi number wetin position them say Oliseh leave us. Using bad example to cover below average. Like say we never dey top10 before. Make we continue live life go back na. Na we all dey hear am. Mr Rohr observed camp of Ladan Bosso we loose, Mr Rohr observed Camp of Home base eagles we still loose. Them think the Mr Rohr self no get problem abi? Make them ask Yobo why he run away go do pundits sighting family problems? Something tells me he will not return again. As for Rohr you can tell by his eyes yesterday that he is tired. Let him just go so that this NFF will show us what they can do after him. If he still say he no go make them leave am to finish the damage because I no expect am to win spoon even with the talents at his disposal, always going for worst choice over talented players.

          Imagine the Izu wey we see him highlight only for him to bench the guy for Valentine. Galatasaray just terminated his contract recently sighting no improvement and impact. No wonder because this was a guy who couldn’t even complete a pass making awaziem run like a mad man against Cameroon. God is watching as they continue fooling the sports lovers that chooses to accept their nonsense results of qualifying with games to spare and performing woefully in the processing causing us international disgrace.

          • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

            I’m sure you watch the Cameroon game from the back of your TV. How did Valentine not complete a pass? Both him and Awaziem played together against Libya in U23 Olympics qualifiers and kept a clean sheet. They did the same against Cameroon. If Galatasaray terminate his contract does it mean there are no other suitors? The same Awaziem has been on loan for the past 5 seasons. Instead of you to channel your attention to improving our league you’re here crying about Rohr to leave so that your Agbero coaches can take us back to the days of failure to qualify for ordinary AFCON.

        • KENNETH 3 years ago

          Abi ooo. All this noise about they qualified us with games to spare, didn’t attend 3 nations cup. Abeg the ones they have attended what transpired out there. The ultimate price we haven’t achieved with all the noise they making

          • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

            At least we attend one and won bronze after back to back failures to even qualify. It’s a fact that can never be rewritten. Deal with it and continue to hear it.

  • Next time I hear any forumite here, Dare, Pinnick, anybody at all etc, hype home based players again, I will show my other side.

    • JimmyBall 3 years ago

      @Ocherome Mma… Since Rohr took charge for almost six years now… Homebased have come 2nd in Wafu Cup and also 2nd in Chan held in Morocco… Infact we would have won that Morocco Chan if not the usual North Africa tactics of winning by all means at all cost… before the game went 10minutes they gave a key player red card for a harmless foul… Our Super Stars were celebrating bronze in last Afcon as though Bronze don finish from Benin Kingdom… Hahaha. If we need bronze we just beg Oba of Benin to give one old art work make we smelt take do medal… Lol.

      • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

        At least the Bronze is better than not qualifying for 3 out of 4 AFCONS na. You for don beg Oba of Benin to generate Gold for una when you failed to qualify for back to back AFCONS na. Lmao!! We saw the plentifoool talents in the NPFL yesterday Lmao!!!

        • pompei 3 years ago

          Loooool, Oba of Benin will deny their request. In fact, he will ask the palace guards to pursue them out of his palace. Lmao!

      • Without qualifying for AFCON, you can’t even play group matches not to talk of winning bronze medal. But since Rohr came onboard, qualifications for WC and AFCON with matches to spare is now almost like a birth right for Nigeria. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I saw calculator, not to talk of buying or using it. Not quite long ago, qualification for WC and AFCON used to be a very arduous and herculean task. Sometimes, it was a mission impossible for us. In those days, some of us had to become expert in further maths, especially permutation and combination. Apart from having series of calculators both scientific and complex types, we were also prayer warriors. Sometimes, we had to pray for the impossible just for qualification……..like praying for Madagascar to play draw with Brazil, and Kenya to win Spain with at least 3-goals to nothing…..lol

  • The people clamouring for home based players in the super eagles are mostly People that want to cash out…..they want to sell inferior players to foreign mostly inferior leagues….They want to market their players (candidates)…. Nigerian coaches and their advocates are just after their pockets,…. Exposure my foot,a Gold fish doesn’t need exposure….A talent is a talent and our best talent are abroad…. Imagine they didn’t even cap the young goalkeeper from Tottenham…. Please Let us move on with Oga Rhor and hope for the best instead of wasting time and resources on hungry fellows.

    • Gold fish doesn’t need exposure. That reminds me of a certain young man back then who played for Calabar rovers in the name of Finidi George who never needed to be exposed and he not only break into the Super eagles but made the number 7 his. Gold fish doesn’t need exposure

  • Oakfield 3 years ago

    Fix our league, no! Develop our league noooooo! Bring in experts who can develop our league, at all at all! Now, u see the result????! Mr Dare should come and speak his useless queens English now o!!! Instead of finding ways to fix our league whilst taking a cue at least from some north African countries like Algeria and Egypt, he’s busy chasing shadows. Every little thing, he will start calling rohr’s name like a possessed idiot. Ngwanu, e don happen. Mr rohr told u guys that our league is nothing to write home about but as usual the Nigerian way, we hate to be told the truth. Some folks started calling for his head. Until we start telling our selves the truth, ditching in the bin sentiments and corruption, we shall continue to slide down the drain. Imaging rohr cleansing and repositioning the super eagles in a very short period of time to the extent that qualifying for tournies now becomes a ride in the park. Something that was not obtainable years before he came to the extent that qualifying for the nation’s cup was given as a target. That’s how bad things were. This shows that fixing our domestic football is not rocket science and would not take a whole century to do but doing the right thing and using the best hands regardless or tribe and selfish interests would do the magic. Mr Dare and co, learn from ” Rohr Magic”. It’s not juju as some foolish ones would think. At least, I believe those shouting up an down about our domestic players would now go and rest. Lol….. Dem do chop 4 kpondo! Lol…..

  • What an elderly man sees while sitting, a little boy can never see it even if he climbs mount EVEREST….

    We saw it coming and revolted against this issue of reservation of quota for our self-aclaim talents….

    Their agent, paid/hired fans were busy calling for our heads….

    Weting man pikin won do than to keep quiet & Sidon look…

    We’ve seen it all now….

    Just like someone said above that you can’t give a JSS1 student an exam that belongs to those studying in higher institution even if the child is as brilliant as WOLE SOYINKA or CHIKE OBINNA….

    We’ve polished and unpolished products in the market hence need for selecting the best to represent us…..

    We shouldn’t be carried away with a JSS1 student scoring 95% in exam and assume this child can do well or even outsmart an SS3 during WASSCE exam….
    It’s near impossible…..

    But in a country where “MY OWN PERSON MUST BE AMONG” is the order of the Day, everything is possible…..

    I’m happy bcos this is just a mere friendly game and i pray we don’t repeat this shit during our important matches like the upcoming WC qualifies…..

    Finally; i think with this results the idea of inviting an unpolished homebase player to the national team is dead and buried…..
    We can now go to rest and allow the man NFF hired to do his job in peace…..


  • Coache 3 years ago

    As they were losing 4-0, they could not even give the Tottenham goal keeper a minute to cap him. Bunch of idiotic coaches….

  • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

    Everyone knew that this home based team even at their best are no match to the Mexican National team with most of their first team players. I was looking to see some good football from a Nigerian team. No single ball sense all I see is anywhere Belle face type of football. No single chest ball control, zero skills, zero team coordination. We all saw Abraham Marcus in only 15 minutes and we all knew he could be an asset to the SuperEagles going forward. Iwuala my foot. The guy just dey fight gidigbo for field. How he’s called up ahead of an Ejuke beats my imagination.

    Some fans are still stuck on 1989 Lmao!! When we lost to Algeria 5-1 we played good football that day despite the huge loss. Amokachi, Uche Okechukwu and a certain Emma Okocha brother of the great JayJay were noticed that day. Yesterday I couldn’t notice an ant. All I see are a bunch of headless chickens running around for 90 minutes.

    The notion that spots should be allocated for the home based players in the main stream SuperEagles at this point in time is very laughable and unrealistic. A league that has never been completed for about 3 years and possibly 4 this year is where we’re expecting talents to come from?? Lmao!!

    The funny thing is that most of this boys will Japa since last night and you will never hear anything about their progress again because most of them are the breadwinner of their respective families. Some people are still complaining about our Foreign stars giving up 4 goals to Sierra Leone. Mind you Sierra Leone qualified for the AFCON and I hope we are in the same group. Then we will see who is who. If we can’t promote our U17s and U20s to the SuperEagles then we don’t have a pattern for the future. Expecting NPFL players to form the nucleus of the SuperEagles at this point in time is total gibberish.

    No body in that team yesterday is good enough to train with our main SuperEagles talk less of making the bench. Awọn Agbẹ. bunch of farmers claiming to be footballers. Rohr has said it all. Nigeria’s best players are scattered all over Europe take it or leave it.

  • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

    There are MANY TALENTS in the NPFL…….LMAOooo

    Good Morning folks and happy weekend…! LMAOOoo.

    • pompei 3 years ago

      Orisirisi assorted talents. Talents repete!
      Let us now see how their plan of selling players will be realized. Who will buy from these bunch?
      Even if you lose a game, if you show yourself and do something, people will notice. What was on display yesterday that is worth buying? Let us tell ourselves the truth. The foreign legion are indispensable for now. If we build our league, our HB will get better. Until then, the foreign legion are the best we have.
      Happy weekend all! Don’t allow your weekend to be ruined by Pay and Play and his OTONDO Eagles!

  • Is anyone really surprised about the result. I mean come on if anything is surprising here its the fact that the home based eagles only conceded 4 goals.
    And these are supposedly the best indigenous players the country has to offer, hmmm.
    And Someone somewhere will be clamouring for more callups for home based eagles when this is the best they have to offer.
    I still maintain that our best strategy for a stronger super eagles team lies in youth football and academy’s development. Lets identify these young talents early and expose them to quality training and coaches (not home based coaches mind you). But foreign coaches in teams abroad that can groom them into world class players.
    They may be one or two good players in the home based setup but I cant see any of them making it to the final super eagles team selection in any major competition based on merit for now. They are just not good enough.

  • I said it earlier on @Apyhilly.

    Those coordinator of those awori players needs to be careful otherwise you will never see many of those players again as some would have by more ran away into some forest in us, never to come back to Nigeria again.

    Corruption!Corruption!!Corruption !!! That is what will kill and bury Nigeria.

    Somebody here says if the team should face mexico ago it will not be like this, lie! If mexico should face this team again it will be worse than this. While the mexico will even tiok that match lightly is because it is a friendly. In a fiece and real competition mexico will bury this kind of our team. Nigeria in with her glorious team in Saudi 95 couldn’t do it. How much more awon awori players.

    Case of algears 90 kind of home base were selected when base on pure merits and the sincererity in the selection can’t be compare with what happened here.

    How can some useless just gather players that they want to sell and think super eagles is the only platform you show case them?

    And yet one useless political apointee who knows nothing about football is asking a whole national team coach to shut up.

    If we want to encourage homebase. It must be done by improving the local league.

  • shuma 3 years ago

    In my opinion the top African teams in no order are Senegal, Cameroon, Ivory Cost, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, but Nigeria is last out of the group.

    A lot of these countries are colonized by France. In which these players are already playing in the top 5 league, ligue 1 or French ligue being 5 in the uefa ranking. A Lot of those players are starters too. Crazy thing is half of the players are born in France and choose to play for their French colonized country. To me the reason being is that they have enough top tier players with experience to actually compete and win things. Where is Nigerian people are always begging and pleading for foreign born Nigerians to play for them. But I always say they will easily outgrow the team, knowing few are actually good enough to compete and might get tired of carrying the team.

    Nigeria only chance to stay in competition is through friendlies where the coach stay experimenting, so many one, two or three capped players. The lineups are never consistent. But people here eat anything. There was an article where a bunch of players dropped out because they were injured, I don’t know if that was true or if the players even pull through. But I saw the lineup and found at it was true. I read somewhere else that the reason players dropped out was because of unpaid wages, like always. It was no coincidence that a bunch a players decided that they were injured. Now tell me, why would a foreign born Nigerian would come play for Nigeria when you might not get your money, but in Europe you are most certain. Same thing with the women’s team, the women were protesting.

    Back to my point, another way for Nigerians to compete is through the fifa youth competition, its how Osimhen and Chuckweze got recognized. Nigeria has the most u-17 world cup, but that doesn’t translate well for the final team they cant even make it past the second round. Lastly is through relegated or under 1 tier teams and or out of the top 4 uefa leagues and work your way up. Ngolo kante played in French third tier league, then worked his way up. Sadio Mane worked his way up. Edouard Mendy was unemployed, was constantly trying to make a team, then he got noticed by chelsea goal keeper Peter. The thing is outside of foreign born players in France they are players born in Senegal, Ivory Cost, Cameroon and etc that are being scouted by French people and others, and they get to play for top tier teams. While in Nigeria Taiwo Awoniyi was scouted by Liverpool, but he didn’t get his papers in order which put him on a whole bunch of loan spells, he got his papers late and now he might get sold to a mediocre team, that’s on him.

    When I watch Senegal, Cameroon, Morocco, Algeria and Ivory Cost, I’m like I know most of these players. While super eagles I know few by heart like Osimhen, Chuckweze, sadly Iwobi, Kelechi and Ndidi. All people do here is post new players that should play for super eagles every other day, which relates to my point how there’re soo many players with less than 5 caps for the team. Which disrupts the synergy and partnerships with players. Even in friendlies Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia still compete and not do a whole switch-a-roo of players.

    For a team to win something the whole foundation has to be good. I know Nigerians here are corrupted by heart by promoting a bunch of players to be slaves, working for free, imagine that. I thought slavery ended. I just don’t see the super eagles being successful where the federation cant even pay its players, its just not gonna happen. And I dont care about what a past player said about should of played of Nigeria because I would have played more, even for free than playing a few times for England because they will actually pay me, thats the stupidest comment I ever heard. Yall really have no jobs to keep talking about Eze, Lookman, Aridibayo, Nmecha etc every other day. Why would a European born Nigerian getting paid come play for Nigeria and not get paid? Spamming their social media is not gonna help either. These players will have great club careers, but not national team careers. People keep dreaming and hoping, hope is irrational. All this team is gonna do is rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat. People reject a call up and or not playing because they are not getting paid then they look for another sucker. Just a bunch of poor players who been relegated or dropped down from a league. From poor Collins to Awaziem.

    The first game with Cameroon was bad when they were playing with the sprinklers on, in Austria. my gosh. Andre Aguissa shot could of been saved, but the keeper was late. Like I said there are numerous goal keepers from French colonized African countries that play first ligue in France, even democratic Congo players. While people here desperate hanging on to Okoye. Cameroon, Senegal, Congo producing great goal keepers able to play in top leagues. Onana play for ajax that almost made it to the champions league finals. I guess Iwobi poor performance from Everton carried on to the team. Carlo Ancelotti left, I want to see if his performance change with a new coach, because I was not feeling him. But nice to see Olayinka

    The second game Marcus Abraham had energy, was seeing him up and down. Olayinka needs more chances. The game was still poor, Rohr aint getting paid so he hitting it where it hurts. This guy is going on two world cups. Even of Rohr gets fired, who they gonna get? Who wants this job?

    The game against Mexico, the first goal nobody was marking Herrera, he was free running to score the goal, nobody marked him in two minutes in. The second goal, again all the defenders were marking the same person leaving one Funes Mori by himself to score. On the 40′ minutes Iwuala was alone but made poor decisions and lost the ball, he thought he could get pass the goalie and leave the defender behind instead of passing the ball. I dont know why people thought they had a chance

  • Winsome Dude 3 years ago

    Good outcome for those who are calling for home based players in the super eagle… now they would be sure of their stand.
    For me, I have never being in support of NFL’S players.
    1. The so call ingenious coaches had failed in the time passed.. They never scout for the young ones and the good and those who can better their games among them rather otherwise.
    2. Zero preparation by the coaching crew.. What is their job in the team, just to make numbers and by NFF. preparing for CHAN, why friendly against Mexico?
    3. How many of this home based players will remain NFLP after representing the super eagle whether Team B or A.. Why is Ibrahim Sanusi , Sunday Obey (Mfm), Valentine Ozornwafor today just to mention a few. Is there any rules holding them down?
    4. Is there security in the contract, welfare and pay. Is there any good pitch and a good organization in teams training, travels, and youth teams for the clubs to build players for the future?
    5. Is this going to be a one time show or a continuous one?
    6. The truth is that, home based players can only work with the age-group completions ( U17, 20 and 23) and only a smart coach will work with the other coaches in charge of this team..
    7. For me, we already have home groomed players in the team, the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi , Samuel Chukwueze, Victor Osimhen and even Terem Moffi and Marcus Abraham. the first four are from this age-group completions and are doing well. Why not continue in this direction?
    8. Don’t let us deceive ourselves, It will only take a crew with a large heart that can address some of the issues raised and many more.
    Up super eagles…

  • Oakfield 3 years ago

    The same factor that is greatly hampering the progress of our domestic league was the same factor that was hampering the progress of our senior team before rohr came to the rescue. We were called all sorts of names and our opponents used to come to matches with chickens just to rub it in on us. We need to put sentiment aside and call a spade a spade addressing the problem head on insteadbof deflecting matters. Jimmyball and co, stop deflecting matters and accept that our league is nothing to write home about. The right approach need to be applied to get our league back where it should be like in the 80s. Then we can clamour for their inclusion. Advice your mr wazzle dazzle minister to admonish the nff to do the right thing. Let him speak his queens English to the right quarters if he wants to see results. Na sentiments dy kill us in this country and that’s why we are where we are today. It is not that we don’t have the resources or expertise to get things done but sentiments, mediocrity and tribalism are our major problem. Our domestic league needs a touch or “rohr magic” to get it running again. Copy from rohr, he has already given u people “expo” on how ti do it. Just copy and paste, simple.

  • Oakfield 3 years ago

    U talk trash, u get multiple dislikes. It’s natural. I wonder why some knuckle heads think that it’s one person that is responsible. They apply the same mentality in their everyday life. If things don’t go well in their lives they think it’s one old tree in their village or old man/woman dy do am whereas na their stupidity. Use your head. This is the 21st century.

  • I have said it many times before. This debate about using home-based players is nonsensical. Our best players dont spend more than a year or two in the Nigerian league. Most of them never get to play in our league before going to Europe or other African or Asian countries. People use the fact that South Africa, Egypt an Tunisia use their home-based players. These leagues retain their very best and just a few travel out. Those are leagues where you have quality players stay for up to ten/fifteen straight years. Abu Terica of Egypt spend all his playing days in Al-Ahly. A player of that quality will be out of Nigeria after one season. The problem is that we dont have a league that can keep our best players for up to 2 years. Algeria with all its great clubs an continental exploits, how many of them are home based. Not more than one or two. Sometimes non. Let’s quit this promotion for mediocrity.

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