Ikpeba Blames Omeruo For Zambia Goal Vs Eagles, Hails Ikeme

Ikpeba Blames Omeruo For Zambia Goal Vs Eagles, Hails Ikeme

By Johnny Edward:

Nigeria Football Federation Technical Committiee member Victor Ikpeba has blamed Kenneth Omeruo for the goal the Super Eagles conceded in their 2-1 opening Group B win in a FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on Sunday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

The for Nigeria forward however also hailed the heroics of Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme who made six saves in the encounter.

The Super Eagles were two goals up at half-time thanks to goals from Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho but conceded a goal with 20 minutes left to play off a defensive mistake from Kenneth Omeruo who stumbled under pressure from Collins Mbesuma and the Highlanders Park striker fired in from close range.

"He's (Kenneth Omeruo) timing was poor. The goalkeeper had not fault. He should have cleared his lines," Ikpeba said during his analysis on television after the game.

"Ikeme was brilliant in goal for the Eagles and the Zambians didn't play well in the first half and could not curtail the nice inter-play of the Nigerian forwards Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi and Mikel Obi."

The win ended Zambia’s invincibility at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium. Nigeria will host Algeria in their next game on the 7th of November.

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  • ZikOfAfrica 5 years ago

    Omeruo is not a good defender as he is prone to school boy mistakes no wonder Chelsea are always sending him on lone because he is not good enough for them. This same Omeruo made the same school boy mistake in Uyo in the African Cup of Nations qualifying match when he was one on one with South African Rantie and gave the ball away for a cheeky goal on 19/11/2014. Our next match is very crucial and we just have to pray for quick recovery of Leon Balogun or get a good central defence pair for Troos-Ekong. Ndidi at the right full back is also a suspect and may find his hand full against a faster and skillful Algerian attackers in our next match.

  • Enya, Samuel O. 5 years ago

    No need to lay blames; conceding will even help us to stand strong against Algeria by being more careful. Good win; cherishable 3 points of victory.

  • Oldbendel 5 years ago

    @ZikofAfrica,God bless you for saying the truth.Omeruo lacks the strenght and stamina for physical Africa football.The same way he cost us that goal against South africa

  • Olivines 5 years ago

    ZikOfAfrica, your analysis is sound. In addition, we need to fortify our strike force too and not relying solely on Iwobi and Iheanacho for goals. Moses and Success should come in handy.

  • lakesyde 5 years ago

    Omeruo should work on this silly mistakes,oboabona should be a better replacement,while we pray for quick recovery of balogun.He had an almost impeccable partnership with Ekong against Tanzania.

  • Tosin 5 years ago

    lets gives kudos to the boys rather than blaming individuals for mistake commited.our objectives is to get maximum points which already achieved in ndola zambia.our focuss now is algeria match and by God's grace ,maximum point we also be achieved.lets just pray for quick recovery of leon balogun cos algeria re more solid than zambia in all.

  • Yes, Omeruo has to be blamed for that goal and was also responsible for the South African goal some years ago. However, Omeruo is also confrontational and aggressive in the field of play but the solution is to find a defender to cover up such slips. Recently, the same has happened to Chelsea in the EPL where the defence was blamed for 2 defeats Liverpool and Arsenal handed over to them simple because, John Terry who provides that cover was injured. Joseph Yobo was at a time known to have provided such cover up as the last man of Eagle's defence sweeping uncleared balls from his defenders. It is now left for the team Coach, Chief Rohr to find a suitable defender who will play closer to the defenders: monitoring and clearing balls from slipped defenders.In the second half, Etebo and Moses need to be brought into the team against Algeria, we need to match speed provided by these two attacking midfielders against that of the Algerians to distract and destablize their building up from the midfield.When these are done we are already assured of coasting to victory. Cheers Nigeria.