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Iwobi Blames Poor Officiating For Super Eagles’ Defeat To Algeria

Iwobi Blames Poor Officiating For Super Eagles’ Defeat To Algeria

Alex Iwobi has attributed Nigeria’s 2-1 defeat to Algeria in Tuesday night’s friendly encounter to poor officiating by the centre referee, Mehrez Malki.

The hosts rallied back to win the keenly contested encounter at the Miloud Hadefi Stadium, Oran.

Lorient forward, Terem Moffi gave the Super Eagles the lead on nine minutes after a lapse in concentration in Algeria’s defence.

Ademola Lookman had a goal wrongly ruled out for offside in the first half.

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The Desert Foxes were awarded a controversial penalty in the 40th minute, which was converted by Riyad Mahrez.

Youcef Atal netted the winning goal for the North Africans 20 minutes from time.

“I Understand Refereeing Isn’t Easy At All & All Referees Should Be Treated With Respect… But Yesterday Was Surely Questionable Aha?,Iwobi wrote on his Twitter.

The Super Eagles will face Portugal in their next friendly in Lisbon in October.

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  • Larry 2 years ago

    @Iwobi, you really tried woth those incisive passes.Of course, the officiating was a sham. But, the most blames should go to Iheanacho who was playing senior man football. He wasted 3 chances for refusing to release the ball during counter attack.
    It is obvious that the coach has improved the attacking play.
    wAll thst is needed are th few changes in the forward line, revamping of the midfield with senior team version of the U-16/U-20 midfielders, and at least 2 new Goalkeepers.(Uxoho &Okoye should be allowed to sort out their club career), the team should be good to go..
    Only players that are active in their clubsides should be considered for invitation. The National team is not a rehabilitation center.

  • Four four two 2 years ago

    Again Moses Simon fizzled out.He can’t play big games .He needs to move to a club playing year in and year out in the UEFA competions to sharpen and toughen up. I want to reiterate once again that until SE is built around Uefa competitive players irrespective of the league we will continue to struggle against big teama

  • You were awarded a soft penalty against Ghana, yet you could not beat them. Stop blaming referees, was the officiating also bad against the Algerian team B?

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