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Eguavoen: Onazi, Obi Deserve World Cup Spots; Eagles Will Advance From Group

Eguavoen: Onazi, Obi Deserve World Cup Spots; Eagles Will Advance From Group

Former Super Eagles captain and coach Austin Eguavoen is pleased with the team’s final squad to the Russia 2018 World Cup, he told Completesportsnigeria.com on Sunday.
The Super Eagles 23-man squad was annoumced on Sunday, Mikel Agu and Ola Aina the last players to be dropped.
The inclusion of some players drew fierce criticism, especially Joel Obi and the experienced Ogenyi Onazi who both had poor games against England on Saturday.

“The list is a very good one,” Eguavoen told CSN. “The coach has made a good decision. Onazi has been excellent. It was only yesterday he didn’t play well. Himself and Joel Obi deserve to be in the squad and I’m quiet sure they will make a good impact in the team at the World Cup.
“The team as a whole is strong and posses the ability to pass the group stage of the World Cup.
“It’s quiet unfortunate that Ola Aina and Mikel Agu had to be dropped from the squad. Everybody can’t go. Hopefully they will make the next selection in subsequent World Cups. Age is still on their side. They just have to take it in good faith and work towards the future.”
The Super Eagles will play their last friendly game against Czech Republic in Austria on Wednesday and will begin their World Cup campaign against Croatia on 16th of June.
Iceland and Argentina are also in Nigeria’s group.
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  • Mekus 3 years ago

    My suggested formation and line up for the Super Eagles… 4-3-3
    Ebuehi Omerua Troost Idowu
    Iwobi Mikel
    Etebo Nwankwo Musa.

    Etebo can be of good effect in supporting Ebuehi defensively with his strength and pace for attack.

    Mikel would have no big job again going too forward. He can launch a pass to Musa and with the latter’s pace and skills can take up the defender and get into the box or cross it for Simy Nwankwo but if it didnt get to him, Iwobi can immediately shoot just as he scored during the friendlies against England.

    Ndidi remains the guy for the dirty job but Mikel as well helps out so as to allow Iwobi control the midfield as a No. 10. Just a suggestion

  • Cappaccino 3 years ago

    I love your suggestion, but there is no place in your tactics for Victor Moses, he is still an important first team member.

  • Which formation is that? .You try sha every nigeria want to be coach at all means even when it shows clearly they don’t have the requirement. yeye selected Musa, Omeruo, Etebo at the expense of Victor Mosses, Balogun. Some players were substituted in that match not becaus.e they were awful but cos of injury. Balogun didn’t do badly as was widely envisaged but mainly do to injury/ tactics. And moses was not match fit cos he has not been with the team for some while.

  • Pablo9ja 3 years ago

    Wembly Review: How Super Eagles Rated!

    Our critique on SE would continue to challenge the team in order to bring out the best in our players.
    I was not surprised at the outcome bcos the team cheaply conceded the midfield to England. Though Rohr had explained & tied the failings to jet lag & tiredness from round-trips but our observations are as follows:
    Any team could have over ran the SE on the night.
    Now, I salute the brilliance of GR for his tactical swaps to reverse flow of play.
    Coach Rohr, am confident, knows what he is doing.
    I expected the 2nd half to produce the momentum & goals from my prediction but the harm had been done & England sneaked away again.
    My verdict was based on “if, and only if” SE could crush the midfield, then victory would be assured. They failed!
    #Gernot Rohr is tactically a sound Coach. He was MVP on the night for swift tactical swaps, 9/10.

    # Uzoho made some important saves earlier on but gifted Kane a cheeky goal. Stil improving. 6/10.

    #Joel Obi is tired-legs. He was heavy & slow. 2/10.

    # Tyrone Ebuehi. Top class. I have always said it that Tyrone Ebuehi is the best at RB. Very lively & spontaneous going forward. Attacking & back tracking with great skills. 7/10

    # Shehu was so abysmal.. I wasn’t expecting much though.. Wembley exposed him. Not surprised at his performance. Shehu was only converted to play as RB, & it was evident. 2/10

    # Brain Idowu has always proved me right as a better LB & not Elderson Uwa. Exciting & hardworking player. 6/10.

    # Onazi has since lost it. He has no part in the nucleus of this team. He is very unorganized & no longer in touch wit top notch football from all his recent matches. Very poor quality. He might have lost his starting shirt. 1/10

    # Moses had a bad game without quality support from the midfield. 3/10

    # Mikel Obi had issues & suffered covering the spaces left gaping by Onazi & Joel. Turned it on in the 2nd half. 6/10

    # Iwobi was very lively & scored for Nigeria. Excellent player. Good material. 8/10.

    # Ighalo was poor again, full of aimless running & lost direction & purpose.4/10.

    # Musa was darting aimlessly everywhere & contributed nothing. 3/10.

    # John Ogu came as replacement & was strong and comfortable on the ball. A good & visionary player. Brought stability to the defence & helped pushed back the advances of the enemies. Good to start in Russia. 7/10

    # Etebo was versatile & brilliant. Top quality. Very reliable. Stabilized the midfield. 7/10.

    # Balogun posted good but had to struggle below his known potential due to breakdown in midfield. 6/10.

    # Ekong was superb in defence & can always improve. Great defending. 6/10.

    # Omeruo has grown in confidence & acquitted himself very as substitute for Balogun. 6/10.

    # Iheanacho was brief but lively. Soft touches. Good player. 5/10.

    An amazing match! Eagles were the ones that looked ordinary in Wembley especially in the first half.
    GR substitutions turned the game around for SE but Iwobi & Mikel were already worn out & couldn’t propel the midfield much further to claim a win.
    The game exposed SE real weaknesses.
    Hopefully the evolution continues!
    Finally, Rohr has still not shown his hand..
    Spies were swarming allover in Wembley jotting tactical notes but certainly would get nothing much.
    The 23-Man list must be ready to sweat harder to grind out results in the group stage.
    Kudos, Coachair!

  • Bros……na was for you sha….as if the England we played did not have better players…which crush are you talking about?

  • @Pablo9ja, I think I agree with your assertion that Rohr has not shown his hand(s), deliberately or coincidentally. All the spies that might have been present at Wembley to take note would have been misled. I read a guys’ comment on an English website that said Nigeria played first half mostly with team B and played second half with full squad. As another example, Rohr did not field Simi at all against England but judging from the way our coach has been speaking about him, he has lots of respect for the guy. The first team will be decided after the last friendly and by that time the opponents will find it difficult to precisely know our preferred pattern, our first team or the dynamics of our team.

    • Tanco 3 years ago

      You are spot on mr Debo, GR is the most intelligent coach Nigeria ever had, anybody that judge the SE based on their performance yesterday is doing that at his own risk, Rohr hasn’t even exposed his tactics he’s gonna deploy against Crostia just yet, we nay even loose the last warm up game against Czech but we shall see what is gonna happen against Coratia, Iceland and Argentina. I believe in this team.

  • The two Onazi and Obi deserve to be part of the team, but not first eleven please.