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BRILLIANT! Super Eagles’ Players’ Ratings In 2-0 Win Vs Guinea-Bissau

BRILLIANT! Super Eagles’ Players’ Ratings In 2-0 Win Vs Guinea-Bissau

The Super Eagles made it three wins out of three after seeing off Guinea-Bissau 2-0 in their last AFCON 2021 Group D at the Roumde Adjia Stadium Garoua on Wednesday, January 19 2021

In this piece, Completesports.com rates the performance of the Nigeria players against their fellow West Africans on the scale of 1 to 10.

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Francis Uzoho (6)

Francis Uzoho did not really have much to do through out the match, but made good saves in the few occasions he was called to action.

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Tyronne Ebuehi (6)

Put in a decent performance in the right-back position as he bombed forward to supper the attack and also did his defensive duties.

William Troost-Ekong (8)

Made it 2-0 for the Eagles after tapping into an empty net off Moses Simon’s shot which came off the bar.

Marked his impressive display with the Man of the Match award.

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Semi Ajayi (7)

Ajay I would have opened the scoring in the first half but could not direct his header off Kelechi Nwakali’s free-kick towards goal.

Also made a timely block after Uzoho spilled a long range shot.

Jamilu Collins (6)

Unlike his opposite full-back, Ebuehi, Jamilu Collins did not venture much upfront as he was focused more on keeping things tidy at his end.

Kelechi Nwakali (7)

Was unlucky not to register two assists as a reward for his impressive performance in midfield.

Teed up Umar Sadiq after going past a couple of tackles, but the striker wasted the opportunity and also floated in a well taken setpiece which Ajayi headed over the crossbar.

Wilfred Ndidi (7)

Showed his experience as he kept things tidy in the Eagles’ midfield which gave Nwakali the freedom to go forward more.

Chidera Ejuke (6)

Kept the Guinea-Bissau right side of defense busy and went close in the first half after cutting in but saw his goal-bound shot blocked.

But did not do much in the second half before and was later withdrawn.

Alex Iwobi (6)

Iwobi Started off from the right side of the Super Eagles’ attack but didn’t offer much but later grew into the game.

Kelechi Iheanacho (7)

Provided a superb assist for Umar Sadiq’s goal with the outside of his boot.

Almost opened the scoring with an audacious lob from the centre circle which the keeper palmed over the bar.

Umar Sadiq (6)

Finally got his first goal for the Super Eagles after prodding home from Iheanacho’s pass.

Had a golden opportunity in the first half after going one on one with the keeper, but failed to convert the chance.

SUBSTITUTES

Moses Simon (7)

Was a handful for the Guinea-Bissau backline after coming on in the second half for Chidera Ejuke.

Had a hand in the Eagles’ second goal, as it was his shot which came off the bar that Troost-Ekong finished off.

Peter Olayinka (6)

Was lively when he came on as replacement for Umar in the 57th minute and was close to getting an assist after setting up Simon who could only send his effort off target.

Frank Onyeka (6)

Onyeka was brought on as 76th minute replacement for Nwakali to help shore up the midfield, and did his job well as the Eagles close out the game.

Olisa Ndah (6)

Slotted into the right-back position after coming on for Ebuehi in the 76th minute and kept things simple and tidy.

Henry Onyekuru (Not rated)

Onyekuru came on for Iheanacho in the 85th minute, and consequently didn’t get an ample playing time for rating. Tried to get more involved in the game, but was unlucky not to get into decent positions as he was quickly closed down.

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  • _Player Ratings Against Guinea Bissau_

    We Nigeria fans are still pinching ourselves wondering if this is all a dream as the Super Eagles banished the spirit of poor pre-tournament preparations into the bin to breeze into the knockout phase of the Afcon in style following a neat 2:0 victory against Guinea Bissau tonight.

    Eguavoen thus goes down in Nigerian Afcon folklore as the only coach – indigenous or foreign – to ever navigate the Super Eagles through the group stages in two Afcon tournaments undefeated. And Nigeria left it until the second half to truly come alive to achieve this feat against Guinea Bissau.

    Sadiq Umar was well positioned to poke home Iheanacho’s eloquent low cross in 56 minutes to put Nigeria 1 ahead. Ekong left no stone unturned to finish from close range and make it 2:0 to Nigeria after the ball fell kindly to him from the crossbar following Moses Simon’s excellent shenanigans and ferocious shot.

    Nigeria thus wait to see the best 3rd place finisher from Groups BEF.

    I now appraisal the players for this game against Guinea Bissau below:

    _Starters_

    1.Francis Uzoho (6/10) carried out his duties in a decent manner but was almost found wanting on one occasion. His goalkeeping technique was questionable when he parried the ball back to a dangerous area (rather than to his side) in the second half. His blushes were spared by Ajayi’s timely clearance on that occasion.

    His distributions were decent and he made a number of routine saves. His starting position was also commendable in the first half as he rescued a dangerous situation after Ajayi had been beaten for pace. Sadly, he didn’t make enough of a case for himself to be re-installed as number one as his performance today on the whole just borders on average.

    2.Tyrone Ebuehi (6/10) performed both the offensive and defensive aspects of his game in a moderate manner. His first touches were a tad heavy at times and despite getting into promising positions, his all round deliveries weren’t always convincing. The gloss has surely departed his game.

    Having said that, he shielded the ball well on occasions and executed telling clearances. He stayed focused to deny scoring opportunities with stout defending. Ebuehi tried to take-on opponents at times with little success. Some of his passes (like one to Iwobi) failed to find their mark. One of his throw-ins led to Nigeria ceding possession needlessly. His performance today will not be giving Ola Aina sleepless nights.

    3.William Troost-Ekong (8.5) shone like a million stars today in aspects of his game that were buttered with his beautifully positioned goal. He enhanced the pace of the game with his spruce short and long range passes that either hit the mark or caused issues for the opposition. Ekong dispatched his defensive duties with maturity and command. His communication with those around him was effective. He was positionally astute both offensively to score his close range goal and defensively to keep the Guinea Bissau players out.

    It is hard to believe that just weeks ago, stakeholders were suggesting that Ekong be benched for the early stages of this tournament due to low confidence. His confidence will surely be high after marshaling Nigeria’s defence to 9 points in this Afcon group stage.

    4.Semi Ajayi (6.5/10) dispatched his role admirably across several levels. His passes were often purposeful and positive as he tried time and again to locate attackers with them. He would also travel with the ball from the back all the way into enemy territory to take the fight to them.

    There was a nervy moment when he allowed a Guinea Bissau striker sprint past him only for Uzoho to be well positioned in dousing the opposition attacking flames. However, Ajayi himself would rescue Uzoho with a delicate clearance following a questionable parry by the Cyprus based net minder. Ajayi’s aerial and low clearances were masterful and his headed goal attempt following Nwakali’s set piece delivery was eye-catching. In all, a busy and productive day in the office for the Wes Brom man.

    5.Jamilu Collins (6.5/10) implemented his role with focus, dedication and energy today. He was very busy on the left with his offensive forays and defensive activities. His throw-ins held hope and crosses had potential. He executed an outstretched leg diversion that averted danger had the ball evaded him and reach a Guinea Bissau attacker.

    Collins ran himself ragged to ensure his side wasn’t breached. He supported his colleagues to snuff out danger on several occasions with his shielding and interceptions. His attention-to-position meant no undue gaps were created in his department. He executed a number of blockages that foiled the plans of the opposition.

    Having said all that, his chemistry with Ejuke wasn’t seamless and his deliveries weren’t entirely deft. In all, Collins did nothing extraordinary but what he did, he did well enough.

    6. Wilfred Ndidi (7/10) executed his defensive midfield role to his usual high standards with his retrievals, movements, tackles and interceptions. One such occasion was a brilliantly implemented tackle and follow up pass to Umar that caused panic for the opposition. Ndidi would help Nigeria recycle possession several times in this encounter after rubbing the opposition of the ball and then redistributing it to his colleagues.

    In fact, Ndidi played a huge role in Nigeria’s curtain raiser goal as his delicious driven pass located Iheanacho who found Umar. Ndidi’s blockages were also crucial on several occasions. Ndidi’s presence in midfield can’t be overemphasised. He covered a lot of grounds and did the dirty work cleanly. He did have a lame effort at goal blocked but that wouldn’t bother him.

    7. Kelechi Nwakali (6.8/10) was pretty impressive in the dispensation of several aspects of his role today. His long balls from deep were purposeful and would need more matches to really become potent. His deliveries from set-pieces were exceptional as they caused no shortage of problems for the opposition: Ajayi almost scored from one, Iheanacho almost scored from another and his corner kicks had to be defended robustly by Guinea Bissau.

    Nwakali glided past a body of players before laying a delicious through pass to Umar who rounded the Keeper but was later dispossessed before he could pull the trigger. Nwakali also performed his fair share of defensive duties by clearing off a corner.

    In all, the former Huesca man can only get better from here if he puts in the effort. His movements and positioning were also decent as well as his team-work. A decent all round display today from the Huesca man.

    8. Kelechi Iheanacho (7/10) unleashed his killer instincts sporadically in this match but he was effective all the same for the most parts. He used his body very well to retain possession and drive into promising areas. He would go missing for periods in the match only to come alive to attempt to bring harm to the opposition. An impossible looping ball from inside his (Iheanacho) own half almost embarrassed the badly placed Guinea Bissau goalkeeper who scrambled to tip the ball over the bar.

    Iheanacho – with his runs and positionings – provided an outlet for his team to exploit. One such occasion led to Nigeria’s first goal with his beautiful run into the 18 yard box and pristine outside-foot pass that left Umar with the simplest of tap-ins. He also almost scored with a low drive from Nwakali’s corner kick and he tracked back severally to perform his share of defensive duties.

    9. Alex Iwobi (7/10) excelled in holding it together for the team with his continuous movements down the right flanked laced with clean interceptions and purpose driven passes. He tried to orchestrate a lot of goals scoring initiatives, one of which eventually led to Umar’s goal: Iwobi’s pass to Ndidi set off the move that culminated in the goal. His 1:2 maneuvers with Moses Simon were eye-catching. His delightful through ball to Onyekuru later on was also commendable though the winger missed the ball by millimetres.

    Iwobi was solid offensively and defensively. That said, he did not produce magical moments other than doing the basics very well. He was expected to conjure the sort of jaw dropping moves that we saw from Simon but this wasn’t forthcoming. But, he was emphatic and impressive in the overall dispensation of his duties.

    10. Ejuke Chidera (6/10) seemed somewhat subdued in his performance today. For one who was expected to lift the atmosphere with his silky skills and ritzy dribbles, he was just ‘okay’. Ejuke cut inside earlier on to get into a promising position just outside the 18 yard box only to shoot aimlessly, with others in better placed. He was about to sprint past a defender in the first half only to check his run with nothing meaningful eventually coming out of that situation. There was a time he helped out the defence with a timely sliding tackle from a corner kick. In fact, his team-work was admirable as his movements ensured the team shape wasn’t skewed. He positioned himself to help Nigeria dictate the tempo.

    But, Ejuke failed to announce himself today. As one of the team magicians, very few of his tricks came off today. Fans didn’t complain when he was replaced.

    11. Sadiq Umar (6.5/10) emitted a desire to get stuck in the thick of things up front but struggled to express himself as he would have liked. Happily, he was well positioned to divert Iheanacho’s eloquent low cross into the back of the net for Nigeria’s first goal. Umar’s hold up play was respectable but the Guinea Bissau defenders were often all over him like a rash as he struggled to shrug them off. Before his goal, he almost had an assist with a delightful headed cross that narrowly missed Ajayi in the first half. He also rounded the goalkeeper expertly after a pristine pass from Nwakali only to be eventually crowded out by the defenders as he tried to sort out his feet.

    Nothing came out of an ambitious long range shot as he was replaced immediately after scoring. Inability to deal with the close markings from the Guinea Bissau defenders was his bane today. His goal should cheer him up.

    Substitutions to come…..

     
    • _Substitutions and Coach Ratings_

      1.Moses Simon (8.5/10) provided a resplendent and affluent experience today that reinforced his position as a major star and international talking point of this tournament to date. His amazing 1:2 with Iwobi effectively cut open the Guinea Bissau defence before Iwobi’s resultant shot was blocked. Then, after his sweeping leg movement took one defender effectively out of the picture, he effortlessly floated past two others inside the 18 yard box before unleashing a shot that crashed from the crossbar onto the waiting foot of Ekong who did the business for Nigeria’s 2nd goal. Moses replicated a similar move shortly afterwards, this time he even came closer to score.

      The diminutive winger was a constant thorn in the flesh of the Guinea Bissau defenders who struggled badly to curb his excesses. Simon was a breath of fresh air for the Super Eagles when he came on. He lifted the game and provided class and moments of pure magic. You pay or sacrifice your time to be thrilled by the Super Eagles and Moses Simon provided this today in abundance.

      2. Peter Olayinka (5/10) was very lucky that the Guinea Bissau defenders didn’t accord him the sort of close-marking that they punished and neutralised Sadiq Umar with. Olayinka was anonymous for most parts. He didn’t get into promising positions enough and he provided precious few outlets for the Super Eagles.

      Later on, he did find Simon with a decent pass that could have caused all manner of problems. His movements off the ball was decent and he tried to keep his markers busy.

      3. Henry Onyekuru (5.5/10) brought his intensity into the game for the few minutes he spent on the pitch. He tried to get into promising spots and seemed eager to make an impact. He was just inches away from latching on to an Iwobi through ball deep inside the opposition’s 18 yard box. He also managed to deliver a near-dangerous cross that was well defended.

      Onyekuru deserves more minutes in this tournament.

      4. Olisa Ndah (6/10) slotted well in right back and brought mild excitement in the dispensation of his role. He came to Ekong’s rescue on one occasion after the Watford man’s mistake left a striker bearing down on Nigeria’s goal. Ndah was alive to recover that situation with a neat interception. There was also a time he sold a dummy to the opposition before driving the ball upwards.

      He played that role as to the manner born. He seemed assured, confident and unfazed about the stage.

      5. Frank Onyeka (5.5/10) tends to do his best job off the ball and today was no exception. That said, he implemented some nice tackles and recorded a shot on goal.

      Coach

      Augustine Eguavoen (8.5/10) earns high mark for the ultimate outcome of the game but worry signs remain. He has been unable to get the best out of Ejuke thus far in this tournament. Alex Iwobi and Sadiq Umar both didn’t really fire on all cylinders in this game partly due to how they are positioned on the pitch. It seems like they can’t translate fully Eguavoen’s philosophy – something the coach has to bear the blame for.

      The Super Eagles weren’t exciting in the first half. Their main striker (Umar) was easily crowded out while the much expected crosses from the wings failed to materialise. Nwakali was too predictable in open play as the Super Eagles struggled to carved out neat scoring chances.

      In short Nigeria struggled to fully stamp their authority in the first half. The rhythm wasn’t working and the blending took time to build up. The tone was low and the pacing was laboured.

      But the Super Eagles found their identity in the second half with the game fully coming alive after Moses Simon was introduced. Nigeria needs more than one player to lift the mood and make a difference. Eguavoen needs to raise 2 to 3 more Moses Simons. As usual, he got his substitutions spot on.

      All in all, the Super Eagles were focused, tactical and compact. They were very difficult to break down and they were proactive for most parts. If Eguavoen can address the team’s glaring shortcomings then he can go places with this bunch of players.

       
      • GentleD 4 months ago

        Good analysis Deo.

        I am so with you on the issue of another viable option for us peradventure we meet a coach/team that would neutralize Moses Simon, who amongst our other wingers can come to the party and step up to rescue us? This to me is a major concern which I think Coach Eguavoen should be worried about and looking for how to work on the psyche of the other dudes as well. Simon can keep doing it all match and all by himself ohhh.

        God bless the Super Eagles of 9ja.

         
      • Edoman 4 months ago

        Egua needs Amoo.

         
      • MuYiwa 4 months ago

        Very wonderful analysis. Thumbs up! I think the so called You tube 4-4-2 formation was responsible for the not-too-impressive first half. Things got better when he tweaked things. Was afraid for Umar when his goal was subjected to VAR review and the guy already replaced. So happy he got the goal eventually. I think Semi Ajayi is really fighting hard to reclaim his spot in the Eagle. Simon is our new Messi. Egu has to do something to raise Chukwueze and Ejuke’s games, otherwise he’ll be held responsible for their poor play jus like his predecessor was blamed for Onuachu’s struggles with the Eagles.

         
      • Thanks sir,your a million emman,your commentary or this article is most correct sir.

         
      • Thanks Guys: Oge, Pompei, Gentle D, MuYiwa and others.

         
        • My pleasure sir.
          Pls can one receive notifications on phone when someone replies his msg? I just keep missing people’s replies.

           
    • Another nice piece in analytics. Permission to copy pls.
      Nice to see my boy Nwakali. I don’t know why people thought he had to prove something as such. A good player is a good player,so there was no extra pressure to prove anything.

      You have made the ground even easier for him by telling him, it is the good old Nigerian football you want to play– I mean Egu deciding to play the Nigerian way.

      People were shocked how he played in that victory over Atletico. Why?
      Because Arsenal didn’t play him,he went on loan to Porto B team and he didn’t flourish and all that. Many Nigerians will just read papers but won’t go deeper. Do we know what these players face privately in those clubs?

      Age grade competition where Kele shined for us, they played the Nigerian football there, so fitting into Egu’s team was too easy for him. He doesn’t even need to prove he is same player that scored after Atletico. Even before the Atletico match did many Nigerians regard him?

       
    • pompei 4 months ago

      “It is hard to believe that just weeks ago, stakeholders were suggesting that Ekong be benched for the early stages of this tournament due to low confidence. His confidence will surely be high after marshaling Nigeria’s defence to 9 points in this Afcon group stage”.

      It’s hard indeed. All the talk about Ekong not being good enough to be a professional footballer. Now, the naysayers are nowhere to be found. Dem don run kiti kata commot.
      Ekong is human. He will definitely have bad moments. But the boy has talent. I think the question of whether he has talent or not has been put firmly to bed by his performances at the Afcon thus far.
      It’s not only Ekong that some said should be excluded from the Afcon squad. They also requested that Moses Simon be left out, because he can’t dribble past an ant, among other reasons. Well, here we are today!
      I would give Simon a 9 out of 10. At a point, I thought we were getting pranked. Could it be CR7 wearing a Moses Simon disguise? If he continues playing like this, the big clubs will be on red alert.
      I agree also with your rating of Ndah and Nwakali. Both have not done their chances of making the world cup team any harm. They may not make it in the end, but if they fail, it won’t be because of their performance at the Afcon.

       
  • Chima E Samuels 4 months ago

    Moses Simon deserves a top team like Man City he’s just extra ordinary. What a player!!!

     
  • My comment on my boy before the match:

    ‘Please o,who saw my Nwakali, pls greet am for me o. Forget that my beloved club,Arsenal, moved him on, look a lot of these European clubs are not perfect jor. Wonderful player who was supposed to make us forget Okocha. Silky touches,amazing long passes like Okocha, and accurate shooting in his legs.

    Look these guys,like Nwakali, who did so well in the age grade competition that plays that our Nigerian style will naturally flourish in the Super Eagles especially the one NOT COACH BY PEOPLE LIKE ROHR.’

     
  • Collins id 4 months ago

    Men! I am so impressed by Simon, i must be humble to say sorry for my criticism towards The Young Man, though it was necesary for him to be critisized to force him into this superb form, i like him now he reminds me of ribery and his magical transformation is like that of Joe cole of Chelsea early 2000. Ajayi Samuel is verry Good defender, i love The team members, they are all Good exept for my ex friends like sadiq umar and olayinka, them nor try at all. They made me Mix pregnant ighalo. I think dennis and osihmen will replace The Both of them for The World cup, amoo should replace onyekuru, dessers will take The mixing ighalo position in The wcup, ndah will make way for balogun, lookman should replace ebuehi as Awaziem can play right back its not reasonable to have them tree, i think kalu can brake into this squad if ejuke and chuks do not improve, however these present guys can bring the afcon golden cup home, with The Above mentioned inclusion i see wcup silver or bronze coming from qater to asso rock. Football is naija, naija is football, the field is Green and the Lines are white these are our colours and its who we are. Up supereagles.

     
    • Chinenye 4 months ago

      That’s the difference coaches can bring. Simon said it himself that Eguavon gives them the freedom to express themselves and bring in their knowledge from their clubsides whereas reverse was the case with Rohr

      However, I didn’t expect to see Ndidi and Iheanacho in this match. I thought they needed some rest. Likewise Moses Simon.

      I would have loved to see more of Onyekuru, Olayinka, Onyeka,Nda and ChukwuEze

      Kudos to Super Eagles! For winning all the group games

       
  • Chinenye 4 months ago

    Lmao! Just like naysayers of Eguavon aka Rohr slaves, aka Rohr minions, aja Rohr apologists, aka Rohr followers, aka fifa ranking trophy promoters run 40 40 with their shame

    Moses Simon is what he is today due absence of Rohr which he himself admitted it. Man was caged to be playing wingback under Rohr

    Sure Rohr too is watching good football from super eagles and admiiting with his conscience that he needs to refund the nff the money he has ripped them of all these years

     
  • pompei 4 months ago

    Obviously, Eguavoen is a big reason the boys are performing like this.
    However, the good pitch is another reason.
    We need good pitches in Nigeria for our home games.

     
    • Jacob 4 months ago

      If NFF stop playing politics with state governors over super Eagles host for their home games and go for good pitch for Super Eagles, one is there in Uyo the nest of Champions.(God’swill Akpabio international stadium.)

       
  • @pompei thanks….nice talk we need good pitch for our home games, first of all i want to congratulate super eagles for qualifying 100 percent from their group and kudos to boss himself coach cerezo he his transforming super eagles to become fearsome side again for a very long time i know after the afcon has ended more quality players will be drafted into the squad and more new quality players will be hungry to play for eagles i could see the era of westernoff coming again and i believe with adequate support from nff coach cerezo will do well even more cus i could see his passion.

     
  • Coache 4 months ago

    With the display of the Eagles, only God knows if Rohr will be able to sleep. Methinks he wil be lamenting. IMHO

     
  • Uche, urchmandada 4 months ago

    I think sadik was over rated,he was not good for eagle at all.Simon,nwakali,ajayi,ekong were great on the night.uzoho made some great saves .all praise goes to cerezo

     
  • Most Forumites did not even bother reading the match rating of CSN……Instead they prefer to read #deo’s rating……. Nice analysis @deo please keep this up……In Nigeria talented individuals are not given the opportunity to shine……[email protected] is the person that is supposed to be writing the match rating for CSN not this their editors that sometimes don’t even watch the match…….keep it up @deo we are feeling you.

     
    • Chima E Samuels 4 months ago

      Deo is a legend of CS. Often on point and shares public sentiments. We are used to his piece. Bless up Deo!!!

       
  • Sean T 4 months ago

    I need to apologise to Simon and Ekong.I was ome of those that write them off and asked for them to be dropped from the SE. Although i know Rhor is a bad coach since 2018 world cuo but i never knew he was that wicked to have caged Simon all this while. The new Simon we’re seeing now was the Simon we used to know before NFF hire the incompetent Rhor. As a matter of fact, i used to prefer hom ahead of Victor Moses then. But Rhor made many of we fans bash the young Man and made him look bad by turning him to a defender. Reason why i hate Mourinho till date for turning Mikel to a defensive midfielder. However, there are still some players the SE don’t really need that still need to give space fornthe better ones

    Bassey is a utility player that play central defence, left wing back and 3 very well. Eguaveon must find a way to bring him in and possibly drop Shehu.

    Dessers should be brought in after AFCON and pls let Ighalo retire from National team

    Onuachu might take the position of Umar if he don’t improve because they’re just like twins in playing pattern. However Onuachu is a better finisher from what i have notice so far i guess Onuachu will do better.

    Ademola Lookman, should replace Onyekuru when his switch is completed

    We all know our top strikers. Osimhen, Dennis, Dessers, Awoniyi and the last spot to make them 5 still up for grabs

    I wish Dennis plays from the right wing of the attack as Simon play from the left and Osimhen leading the attack. No African country will be able to cope with the pressure honestly

     
    • Yup I share that grudge against Mou. A good coach but he absolutely “destroyed” Mikel. A Mikel that ought to be competing with Messi because he was even better than Messi in that age grade World Cup(forget that FIFA gave it to Messi).
      Infact ehn,it is even a testament to how exceptionally good Mikel is(and would have been) that Mikel learned and turned out to be one of the best 4’s in world football. It still hurts me for Mikel till today. It is what an agent can do to a player,Man U and Alex Ferguson would never have played him in defensive midfield. Never! What a unique talent just changed by Mou.

      Now we have a Nwakali,who many Nigerians don’t rate because they just read newspapers and believe that that is all. Since,Arsenal,Porto or Huesca won’t play him,meaning he is not that good, they say. I am an Arsenal supporter, I dare say Nwakali can play in the current Arsenal team comfortably. Look many things Africans go through that don’t make headlines. So many things. I just hope he finds a club that truly trusts him.

      As for Simon,you could see that during Rohr’s time,whilst he wasn’t playing well in Naija, he was doing well in his club. That should tell you where the fault is. Okay see Watford has just bought our own Samuel Kalu from France. They won’t be fighting relegation and waste money on Kalu, but people were saying Kalu is finished.

      The thing is that people blindly supported Rohr. We would tell them that the football is not the Nigerian way,they would point us to his winning record. We would tell them that Rohr was at fault in the World Cup,they would say it is his first time there. We would say the team hasn’t got sufficient competition, they would say he wants to build a team he knows well.

      Look I like the FRESH AIR of his exit and Simon’s change of form is no surprise.

       
  • Fairplay 4 months ago

    The depth in this team is just unbelieveable. I can’t even remember that Ogenekaro Etebo is not part of this team. Nigeria is truly a great football nation where talent abound. Imagine the second eleven of Nigeria bearing the first team of another West African nation with 2-0. I’ve joined the bandwagon of persons that believe this team should bring the trophy home. I also believe we should start the campaign now for Coach Eguaveon to remain on the job. #eguaveonmuststay#.

     
  • OmoGold 4 months ago

    Great analysis! The most important analysis is that the Super Eagles won. Our next foe will go down like GNB by God’s grace “I bleed green”.