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Iwobi Sees Red As Tunisia’s Carthage Eagles End Super Eagles’ AFCON 2021 Title Hopes

Iwobi Sees Red As Tunisia’s Carthage Eagles End Super Eagles’ AFCON 2021 Title Hopes

The Super Eagles have been knocked out of this year’s AFCON after going down 1-0 to the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in a Round of 16 match in Garoua on Sunday, Completesports.com reports.

Stand-in skipper Yousseff Msakni was the hero for the the Tunisians as his long range shot flew past Maduka Okoye.


Things went from bad to worse for the Super Eagles as Alex Iwobi, who came on in the second half was sent off for a dangerous tackle.

This is Tunisia’s first win against the Eagles since their semifinal penalty shootout victory in 2004 on home soil.

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The Carthage Eagles will now meet Burkina Faso, who beat Gabon on penalties, in the quarterfinals.

The Eagles had the first attempt on goal in the second minute through Wilfred Ndidi whose bicycle kick went off target.

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Joe Aribo had a chance to get the first goal after a good turn inside the box but his effort was blocked for a corner.

Teams continued to probe for the opener, but nothing came out before the referee blew for half time.

Just two minutes into the second half Tunisia took the lead through Msakni who beat off Ndidi’s challenge before unleashing a long range strike which beat Maduka Okoye.

In the 55th minute Samuel Chukwueze headed the ball across goal, but Taiwo Awoniyi was beaten to the ball by the Tunisian keeper.

With 66 minutes played Iwobi was shown a straight red card after a dangerous tackle. He was initially shown a yellow card before a consultation with VAR overturned the decision.


Despite being reduced to 10 men Moses Simon had a good chance to equalize after meeting a cross, but saw his left-footed shot came off the keeper.

With 15 minutes left, Okoye was called to action and did well to palm a shot away for a corner.

Ndidi got close to scoring for the Super Eagles near the edge of the box, with two minutes left on the clock, but his low strike missed the target.

And in stoppage time Sadiq had a big chance after he was played through on goal, but saw his effort narrowly miss the target with the keeper beaten.



Scorer: Y. Msakni 47′,
Date: Sunday, January 23 2022
Venue: Roumde Adjia Stadium, Garoua
Referee: Maguette N’Diaye (Senegal)
Yellow Cards: K. Iheanacho 19′, A. Laidouni 52′, E. Skhiri 55′,
Red Card: A. Iwobi 64′



1 Maduka Okoye (GK) – 2 Ola Aina
22 Kenneth Omeruo, 5 William Troost-Ekong Capt., 12 Zaidu Sanusi
4 Wilfred Ndidi, 10 Joe Aribo (7 Ahmed Musa, 90′), 14 Kelechi Iheanacho (18 Alex Iwobi, 59′), 15 Moses Simon, 17 Samuel Chukwueze (24 Sadiq Umar, 74′),
19 Taiwo Awoniyi (28 Peter Olayinka, 60′)

Subs Not Used:

16 Daniel Akpeyi, 23 Francis Uzoho,
25 Kelechi Nwakali, 11 Henry Onyekuru, 8 Frank Onyeka, 20 Chidozie Awaziem, 6 Semi Ajayi, 3 Jamilu Collins.

Coach: Augustine Eguavoen


22 Bechir Ben Said (GK) – 2 Bilel Ifa, 3 Montassar Talbi, 5 Oussama Hadadi, 7 Youssef Msakni (10 Wahbi Khazri, 86′), 11 Seifeddine Jaziri (27 lssam Jebali, 86′), 17 Ellyes Skhiri, 19 Hamza Rafia (23 Naim Sliti, 69′), 20 Mohamed Drager,
25 Anis Ben Slimane ( 4 Omar Rekik, 90′), 28 Aissa Laidouni.

Subs Not Used:

6 Dylan Bronn, 8 Saif-Eddine Khaoui, 14 Hannibal Mejbri, 26 Ali Ejemel

Coach: Mondher Kebaier

By Adeboye Amosu in Garoua

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  • Michel 4 months ago

    Kudos to the boys,they tried thier best but lack of quality in attack showed today,I have always complained about maduka basket okoye,that guy hasn’t made a single save since he joined the eagles apart from coming out to pick loose balls,how can Alloy Agu and co continue to use that basket,I thought eguavon would have removed olayinka and bring in an ejuke since his plans changed after iwobi’s red card,he was just falling up and down,then he later brought in a finished Musa to come and do what?..I’m only glad that the basket of a keeper has been exposed and we can now move in from him

  • Chibuike 4 months ago

    How I miss sadiq umar is a good player, he suppose to score one on one with keeper and requlize the goal

  • MuYiwa 4 months ago

    Woah. Losing against a team that had a dozen players plus the coach out of the team? This is inexplicable. I said it after the Egypt match that u are a good coach with great tactics as long as ur team wins but when u lose ur tactics must be wrong and u are then clueless. Watch ur back, Eguavoen was the way I put it. Praising Egu to high heavens just after 3 matches was our undoing. This is the best time to judge a coach and Egu unfortunately did not pass the test. Congrats to the Tunisians. They were far better. Better luck next time, Naija.

    • MuYiwa 4 months ago

      To people saying we don’t need Ighalo, I believe we can now see why we need(ed) him. Our strikers were a shadow of themselves, often being bullied here and there. The same Tunisian team that was beaten by Mali and Gambia dumped us out of the nations cup. Rohr beat this same team hands down last time.

      • Which hands down no body should bring rhor into this oo.

      • JimmyBall 4 months ago

        @MuYiwa… who cares about 3rd place match? You had to mention Rohr who lost many games while in charge… Rohr was always a disaster and we lost several times even playing equal strength with weak oppositions. It just was not our day… if he had lost playing 11 vs 11, I will know we were bitten hands down. You need to go ask the referee why Iwobi was redcarded for a normal challenge though reckless… Referee gave a yellow and when those Arabs in Var saw an opening called his attention and the idiot black monkey chnaged it to a red card… I think VAR is becoming more a nuisance than help to football… in world cup VAR decisions favour big soccer nations and go against small soccer nations… in AFCON VAR team has lots of North African Arab nationals in those rooms, someone should take it up with CAF… Iwobi deserved only a yellow at most and the referee was clearly making calls against us… he may have been running a script for CAf:

        • Dr Banks 4 months ago

          How can you say “a normal tackle but reckless”? When it’s reckless the result is RED CARD my brother, stop contradicting yourself

          • JimmyBall 4 months ago

            Can and beat me… Reckless means he thought he will get away with it. It was a tensed game and he had not commited any foul prior… Iwobi has not seen much football this season and was eager to impress. Ww lost today let’s accept it and move forward. Rohr lost supporters when he became a business man… Even Egypt will have defeated him… A man who said we had no chance from beginning… Eguaveon did a great job… He cannot enter the pitch to move players leg… We better get players who are deserving otherwise Ghana will stop from world. Cup.. I don sleep.

          • Dr. Drey 4 months ago

            Hahahahahaha…….I don’t understand how “Normal” and “Reckless” can coexist in the same sentence my brother….LMAOOOoo

            You catch your opponent with your boots from his lower shin and brushed it down to his ankle and you think VAR will not red card you in 2022…? You must be the biggest football idiot still alive……LMAOOooo.

            The last time I checked, the VAR ref for this game was Fernando Guerrero from Mexico……LMAOooo.

        • JimmyBall 4 months ago

          @Dr.Drey… Na you be biggest idiot. Envious fool… I can feed your village. If you ready for insult this year 2022 we go still do am. Monkey… Insult me because of football I will insult you back. Fake ass fool… Rohr will never come back to. Our football. Go and die… Lol.

          • Dr. Drey 4 months ago

            Hahahahaha…you can feed my village with the 2000 Euros (or less) you earn per month repairing faulty instruments with 2 bachelors and 1 masters degree in electrical engineering…??? LMAOooo.

            See who dem dey envy….LMAOoooo.

            Go and feed the peasant family you left behind in the village when you were trafficked out of Nigeria in search of daily bread first……LMAOoooo

            Filthy liar…..LMAOooo

            “…Iwobi was redcarded for a normal challenge though reckless…” LMAOOoooooo

            Normal and Reckless can sure coexist in the same sentence of filthy lying pigs.

            Dumb nepotistic idiot…!

            The truth is as far from his lips as the heavens is from the earth.

            I think you don forget when dem born you wen you dey lie up and down say you watch Thompson Usiyen…..LMAOooo…..you better not be normally reckless otherwise you go even forget your mamma name by the time I’m done with you…..LMAOoooo.

            Filthy lying pig. May this pain you are feeling tonight and which you are your useless sychophants are putting us through last till eternity.

            You no kuku get shame before……LMAOooooo

          • JimmyBall 4 months ago

            See mumu… Where you see write say I watch Thompson Usiyen?, I mentioned his name with other football greats in response to dudes here who always think Messi and Ronaldo are the only freaks to have graced football… I mentioned Usiyen because of Christian Chukwu testimony… that he was even far superior to Yekini whom we all watch… So imagine a guy who can be far superior to Yekini… that was the point. You wey know say na 2k Euros I the collect… Lol. I the repair faulty equipment wey only one the cost over 200k dollars… e easy? Abi you wan see pictures… dey bold meet me for whatsapp or Facebook make I show you pictures… I be precision instrument engineer. My work no even dey the whole of Nigeria. Okay… I was trafficked to Europe means level wry I take begin repair high end electronics instruments despite my oddysey suppose make me be 8th wonder of the world na? Follow come if e easy… I no get issue with you but once you insult me I go enter you my own… Football is only a game… I go for my bread regardless in the morning… Lol. Goodnight.

          • Dr. Drey 4 months ago

            Hahahahaa….FAT LIAR trying to deny what he wrote himself here in black and white…..LMAOooo….The same way he concocted more lies to save face when he claimed he played in the league alongside Paul Onobi as at the time the latter was the best midfielder in the Nigerian League…..LMAOOoooo

            Wait let me copy it here verbatim again for you to read.

            “…Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi generation of ball watchers will come to ARGUE BALL WITH ONE (iE you) When they did not Matthias Sammer, Stefan Chapuisat, Brian Laudrup, Lakdar Belloumi, Rabah Madjer, Thompson Usiyen and the likes of Dragan “Piksi” Stojković… just stay humble hear and listen and learn like in church WHEN DUDES LIKE US (ie YOU, AGAIN) write and share opinion….”

            Useless liar…..LMAOooo. So Christian Chukwu comments on CSN now that “..Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi generation of ball watchers..” come to argue with him right…??? or “Dudes like you” are mates with Christian Chukwu that “..Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi generation of ball watchers..” should listen and learn from……LMAOooo.

            “…I mentioned his name with other football greats in response to dudes here who always think Messi and Ronaldo are the only freaks to have graced football…” As if anybody ever mentioned Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi in the whole of the thread…..LMAOooooo. Shameless pig….LMAOooo

            You must be the biggest fool on earth to think you can still lie your way out of this one….LMAOooo. FAT LIAR busted red, blue and green handed.

            Repairing a 200k worth facility does not mean you earn 200k monthly. Instead of displaying institutional property in public for your fellow charlatans to come and see, display the pay slip that you want to use to feed a “village” of 3,649,000.

            Concentrate first on earning high enough to afford a mortgage in a decent location first rather than being tossed away by decent people who aren’t ready to share their neighborhood with a peasant, rather than wanting to feed my “village”…..LMAoooo. Your entire Idoma tribe’s wealth put together cannot feed my village.

            You should have just said you are the only precision instruments engineer of Nigerian origin, dead or alive….LMAOoooo. You are sure very capable of saying that….LMAOooo. If you are capable of lying to have watched Thompson Usiyen who played before spermatozoa met the egg that formed you, then you are capable of lying about anything

            Educated illiterate…!

  • The last time I checked, arsenal under arsene Wenger played better football (tiki taka) but could only managed one ucl silver medal.

    See where tiki taka football Pinnick and some selfish fans has landed us….

    Round of 16 with a team that Mali defeated…

    We are even lucky they didn’t come with their full house including the coach if not it would be like 2 or 3 nil.

  • Diran 4 months ago

    I believe that Nigeria still needs the service of the newly hired foreign coach – Jose Peseiro. Austin Eguavoen tried, but it was not good enough as the Tunisians used tactical discipline and the clipping of Nigeria’s wings to win the match, and also benefitted from a goalkeeping error. Nigeria still needs Ighalo and Osimhen and even Cyriel Dessers in the Super Eagles team. Also Maduka Okoye should not be the no 1 goalie for the world cup qualifier play-offs against Ghana Black stars. It might be wiser to use Francis Uzoho as the no.1 goalie. The Super Eagles lost to a tactically more superior Tunisian side and due to the careless goal-keeping error by Maduka. In addition, Emanuel Dennis will still be needed to give more attacking bite to the attack. Also, a new goalkeeping coach is needed as I don’t believe Alloy Agu is the best for that position. The local consortium of home-based coaches as shown they are not that tactically efficient for the task. Wish the Super Eagles all the best as they tackle the Black stars for a world cup ticket to Qatar in March. Thanks

  • Oakfield 4 months ago

    The boys did their very best. They played their hearts out despite being one man down. In some cases, the opposite team might capitalize on the one man deficit and take the team to the cleaners but it never happened. This team has a lot potential. However, I think the team was squarely predictable and the Tunisians having read us thoroughly executed their game pan perfectly by caging our wingers. Immediately they did that, they snuffed life out of the team. Mr egu should have brought his technical prowess in to action by immediately changing or switching tactics having seen that the tunisians had perfectly understood our game plan but nothing was done in that regard. He Just stupidly kept on using same tactics and of course got same results. There was absolutely no bite in the final third. I knew this was gonna happen when the unavailability of osimhen and ighalo was confirmed. Awoniyi and sadiq still have a long way to go. Chukwueze shiuld have been substituted early enough with a player like ejuke who brings pace and creativity into action whenever he’s throw in to battle but mr egu’s head just stalled! This stage of football is where experience and precision count but they were both lacking unfortunately. The midfield didn’t come to the party either. Though the duo of aribo and ndidi did a good job, they still didn’t lock up the midfield. The tunisians had a acres of space in the midfield which gave them enough space and room to launch stacks. Aina should have done better with his coverage after he lost that ball that resulted in the goal. He should’ve closed down the the Tunisian guy whom he lost the ball to but he chose to back track whilst giving him enough space to dance around, adjust, pick his spot and pull the trigger. It’s very unfortunate Mr egu didn’t bring his board game in to action when it really mattered most. Too bad but better luck next time.

  • Dr Banks 4 months ago

    The issue you guys are not looking into is the sack of Rohr and appointment of Ogunefan, how do you sack a coach that’s getting you results only to replace him with someone with inferior pedigree? Ogunefan failed with all the club side he ever coached in NPFL, failed with U-17, failed with U-23, Couldn’t win a single AFCON knockout with a very talented set of players in SE team of 2006. And all of a sudden he becomes a messiah by winning 3 group matches.

    NFF messed up big time and the way they are running our football will only continue to give us heartaches if they do not change their ways

    • JimmyBall 4 months ago

      This one is still here sulking over Gernot Rohr… We were not playing finals. I wonder who brought the Idea of Buhari calling the players even? Would Buhari have called at Quater finals, Semi Finals and Finals? Nigerians with misplaced priorities… Football is always 11 vs 11… today we failed let’s accept it.

  • Footballfanatic 4 months ago

    After the first half Eguavoen should have brought out chukwueze and fortified the midfield as the wings had been clipped and fortify the defence. Knock out games carry a different type of motivation from the u underdog especially a team the qualifiednas 3rd best and was already depleted. Them holding us for the 1st 35 mins was objective 1 achieved. I will rather this than missing out on the WC hopefully etebo and Osimhen will be back and we move. Another Afcon to fight for next year. Eguavoen can’t expect to use the same tactics in 3 out of 4 games….Knock out being the most important.

  • Dr. Drey 4 months ago


    My people say, every man is an excellent wrestler until he is paired with his match…..LMAOOooo

    I no go talk pass like that.

    I told them I will repost this video when the time comes.

    You put this out to the world, use it 3 times and you think even a learner in coaching will not disgrace you eventually…?

    Such Naivety….!!! Such vain Showboat-manship….!!!

    1 Assistant coach vs 9 lazy consortium of coaches……LMAOOooo

    10 vs 11 my foot….!

    10 man Italian team kicked us out of the 94 WC.

    A 10 man Ghanaian team booted us out of 2008 AFCON.

    Ghana pulled 2 goals back against Comoros with 10 men.

    Gabon equalized and dragged Bfaso to penalties with 10 men.

    But when you have a coach who just pours 11 players on the pitch to be “expressing themselves” ie using their individual brilliance to wow Alhaly and El Merriekh players, without clean instructions, 10 vs 11 against a weakened Tunisian team will be a perfect excuse for failure.

    No use crying over spilt milk. Ghana awaits us in March.

    Rumor are rife Ghana have the corner of their eyes set on Rohr. I hope and pray they are false and that that doesnt happen. It always 10 times more difficult playing against you arch rivals whose coach knows your entire team like the back of his palms.

    • JimmyBall 4 months ago

      @Dr.Drey… Let them go for Rohr. Infact let God answer that prayer… We learnt alot from this Afcon… Eguaveon should be retained for playoffs. Our problem is playing personnel. You clamored for Maduka despite our warnings that the dude is still amateur… You see the only test he had to go past today he failed. Again… Players like Chukwueze, Aribo, Iwobi and even Iheanacho are not consistent and dependable… We have to try new individuals unfortunately we have no more avenue before Ghana matchup if we bring a new coach Ghana will kick us out of WC participation… Mark my words. I am surprised you did not mentioned anything about Okoye or Iwobi because they are your favorites…

      • onwajunior 4 months ago

        @JimmyBall if Ghana signs Rohr we are finished. Rohr’s is good at getting results and he’ll get results againt us, especially because he knows us well. On the other hand, it may motivate the boys to beat Ghana. I watched Eguavon say that it’s impossible to change tactics in the middle of a tournament. Remember when Croatia beat us with 4-2-3-1 and we switched to 3-5-2 and beat Iceland?

        • Dr. Drey 4 months ago

          Hahahahaha…the clueless Rohr changed tactics even in the 2nd half of the game vs England.

          A whole Technical Director of the Nigerian FA opened his mouth to say its impossible to change tactics in the middle of a tournament.

          And they called Rohr a mechanic and a PE teacher……LMAOoooo.

          Between a coach that gives strict instructions to his players and the one who sends them onto the pitch to go use their individual qualities all in the name of expressing themselves, who is the mechanic now…..LMAOooo

          See as God dey shame them one by one……LMAOoooo.

    • Footballfanatic 4 months ago

      Basically used the same strategy 3 times and showed the whole world on a youtube video lmaoo common Eguavoen got carried away by accolades….It’s a tournament buddy you have to switch your style up. I doubt if any team doesn’t have a video analyst and someone in their team who does opposition scouting…

      • Dr. Drey 4 months ago

        Hahahaha……he got carried away by the praises from shameless praise singers forgetting their mouths are full of lies….. LMAOoo.

        He just poured the players unto the pitch and asked them to be using their individual talents and superior qualities.

        Our game had been found out by Guinea Bissau, they just didn’t have the individual qualities to finish us off.

        We only needed to meet a well coached team with players who can match our individual abilities to be disgraced.

        The lazy coach was saying he can’t change his tactics in the middle of the tournament. A whole Technical Director of Nigerian football running the team on only plan A for a whole tournament….. LMAOOO.

        Even his substitutions throughout the group stage were always weakening the team.

        Moses Simon piloted the team this far and that’s a fact. We were just too blind to see how weak we were, using our big names to scare alhaly and alhilal players in the group stage.

        It only took an assistant coach of a depleted Tunisian side with Europe based players to reveal what nepotism and sychophancy didn’t allow us to see.

        • Footballfanatic 4 months ago

          After the Sudan game I expected him to rest Moses completely for the inconsequential 3rd game. Moss’s performance in that game finally put the spotlight on him as Nigeria’s main man leaving any opposition with the idea that once they clip Moses on the left wing half of the Job is done as Chukuwueze had not impressed this whole tournament. Once they did that a sound Coach will try to go through the middle and occasionally still try the wings but I guess the red card made matters worse.

    • Emecco 4 months ago

      Dr Drey, I always respected your views before now but I feel you have been secretly praying for the SE to Lose so that you can justify your disapproval of Rohr’ sack.You don’t actually Love the SE , you only love your ego, that’s why you are super excited that we lost. I never saw you rejoice or commend the team.when we won all our 3 group matches. YOU HAVE No right to castigate the teams because you always wished them doom. Must Rohr’ coach Nigeria,? Ghana sacked Rajevac and heads didn’t roll
      The game of yesterday has been lost and that’s that. Imagine Okoye didn’t make the blunder, Imagine Simon or Sadiq converted their late chances even after going One mam down ?? You are not an SE fan period , you are only a fan of your Ego.

      • Dr Banks 4 months ago

        Ghana sacked Rajevac for not winning a single game in the group stage and out of AFCON with 1 point, contrast that with sacking a coach that met all his targets. Use your head to think before writing bro

      • Dr. Drey 4 months ago

        Hahahahahaha….imagine this didnt happen, imagine that didnt happen…..LMAoooo. Imagine if Mahrez’s freekick didnt go in in 2019, Imagine if Awoniyi buried an open goal from the 6 yard box vs CAR, Imagine if Gianni Infantinno was a Nigerian, Imagine if Brown Ideye was the one that won the last ballon dor…..LMAOoooo. Imagine, Imagine, Imagine. Keep on imagining ehn….LMAOooo.

        The words of the elderly that didnt come to pass in the morning will surely come to pass by nightfall.

        Pray….? I didnt need to pray for anything to happen. I have worked with data for decades, I’ve worked with past scenarios for decades, I have seen trends for decades, even down to the last World cup when Spain fired their coach weeks to the world cup and ended it in disaster to know where it all was heading. Its not about Rohr and has never been. It has been about doing the same things over and again and expecting different results.

        You cant get burnt with fire after wishing away my warnings to you not to bathe with petrol and turn around to tell me you know I was praying for you to get burnt. It was only a matter of time, oxygen and a spark.

        To make matters worse, your TD went online to showcase himself to the world without contingency plans, in the most bizarre PR stunt and showboating I’ve ever seen of a coach in all my life. The result, tactical humiliation in the hands of a coach with no profile

        I don’t pray for God to open a door whose keys I am holding in my hand. The same keys that has been opening the same door previously. I’ll walk up to the door and open it. Its called simply common sense and conviction.

        I dont care what you think of me. I dont give a damn. Keep it to yourself. But it wouldnt gag me, Not now, Not in the future.

        Ghana Sacked Rajevac and heads didn’t roll because he didn’t get to the semi finals. You should have waited for him to get to the semi finals and get sacked first and see if heads would still not roll. I wonder how heads will roll when a Ghanaian coach is sacked for finishing last in a group containing Gabon and Comoros, where 3 teams could qualify to the next round.

        I am not a SE fan…thank you. I am a fan of my Ego…..thank you.

        You that is a SE fan blinded by hatred and bandwagon effect, with zero principles to stand on, I hope you are enjoying your fresh air now.

        The last time I checked, I am not the one who caused your eguadiola without contingency plans to be outclassed by an assistant coach of a depleted team.

        So if I said something will happen and it eventually happened, I owe you nor anybody else any apologies.

        And for your lies that I never rejoiced or commend the team, please go and check the live blogs of our first to games and come back to tender an apology.

    • Legendary 4 months ago

      442??? No wonder he played Iheanacho in 442. Iheanacho as SS is better in 352 rather than 442. I’ve seen it cost Leicester severally.

  • DeSTAR 4 months ago

    @Dr Banks ; please don’t ever mentioned clueless Rohr again, the longest serving coach ever with nothing to show for ( ordinary one reliable goalkeeper in his 6 years, see what he gave us as N01 goalkeeper).

    The only missing is as Rohr was sacked , Sports minister should’ve have spared his corrupt business partner Amaju-Fraud-Pinnick

    • Ayphillydegrea 4 months ago

      Oga go find somewhere to sit and use your panadol. You’ve been knocked out in the round of 16. Clueless Rohr won bronze in the last AFCON, he even qualified you for the shambolic AFCON your TikiTaka couldn’t take you to past the round of 16. Lmao!! Just go and sleep the next AFCON is next year June. Lmao!! You better be praying that you beat Ghana to qualify for the WorldCup. Lmao!! Una never see anything.

      • Dr. Drey 4 months ago

        Dont mind the filthy liar….LMAOooo.

        Clueless Rohr still got to 3rd place with the unreliable goalkeepers. Clueless Rohr qualified for this AFCON with 2 SOLID GAMES TO SPARE with the unreliable goalkeepers.
        Clueless Rohr’s tactics gave us the top scorers on both occasion.

        Destar (chairman liars United) and Omo9ja (Most high Drunkard) once said It is better to not qualify for a tournament than to go there and win bronze….LMAOoooo. I think I agree with them now. Rohr just wasted 5 years qualifying for tournaments. We were better off not qualifying for those tournaments. Eguadiola and his 9 colleagues just came, did some showboating founded on the players inidvidual qualities and eagerness to stop playing under any sort of tactical instructions and wasted our qualification…..LMAOOooo.

        The fact that we had 6 different scorers in the tournament shows we actually had not tactical direction. Just go there, do your thing and lets hope there will be enough bodies in the ball to finish it up……LMAOooooo.

        At least Rohr was Belmadi’s boy…..LMAOoo. 9 of the best local coaches Nigeria can muster (including yet another member of our overated 94 squad) were humbled by one assistant coach whose profile I cant even find anywhere online.

        Bilal Kadri has just earned himself 9 new servants…..LMAOooo

    • Dr Banks 4 months ago

      @DeStar you need to bow your head in shame, Rohr never has nothing to show in 6 years but he won Bronze but your Ogunefon crashed out to a very depleted team with only an assistant coach. Now who is the clueless one here?

      The only winnable tournament that Rohr participated in, he won Bronze and the team was on the verge of going a step further this time but hey your NFF has other ideas to avoid calamity but plunged SE into unprecedented calamity. When last has Nigeria failed to reach the semi final at AFCON?

  • Wanka. 4 months ago

    Thank God it s not sanusi or sadiq red carded.

  • Dr. Drey 4 months ago

    Hahahaha. We never lost to any assistant coach for 6 years with our “unreliable” goalkeepers.

    Your Eguadiola had weeks to invite all the reliable Nigerian goalkeepers in this world to camp but rather chose to sell market with his nwakali and olisa ndah…..LMAOOO.

    At least Rohr was Belmadi’s boy…. LMAOoo…..what do you call your 9man consortium who were outcoached by an assistant coach of a depleted team who only qualified for R16 because Sierra Leone lost their penalty vs Equatorial Guinea…. LMAOOO.

  • Dr. Drey. 4 months ago

    Any coach needs just 2 weeks to win AFCON with these calibre of players we have now…….LMAOooooo.

    Ngwa go win am na. Na idiots dey coach all the other 23 teams for the tournament…..LMAOOoooo

  • Dr. Drey 4 months ago

    Please where is the lunatic that said it is easier to win a 24 team AFCON than to win an 8 team AFCON…? LMAOoooo

    Where is his brother too that called a team that consisted of Enyeama, Taye Taiwo, Yobo, Okocha, Kanu, Oruma, Mikel, Obodo, Kaita, Osaze, Obagoal a less talented team simply becuse he wanted to add some yeast to Eguadiola’s dead coaching profile…? LMAOoooooo.

    They should please come and explain the logic and sanity behind their reasoning please……LMAOoooo.

    May the sorrow which y’all just plugged us into never dissipate from your lives

    Imagine this is what we paid $2m dollars for…..LMAOoooo

    • Legendary 4 months ago

      Dr Drey dey always give me joy.

      • onwajunior 4 months ago

        Mehn d thing is annoying. It’s beyond logic. Common sense. You gave some targets, he’s achieved them, yet you sack him weeks to a major tournament and 3 months to WC qualifiers. Who does that? The one that made me give up was when I read the interview of someone in NFF and he was like “its better to sack him now because he might go and do well in Afcon making it difficult to sack him”.

        • No way! That is preposterous, Onwajunior. How can they sack Rohr for fear of winning the Cup of Nations? I definitely have never heard that before. Those who made such a treasonous statement ought to be named and sent to the gallows of public discourse. We are now out of the Cup of Nations. The way forward is the biggest quandary.

          • Dr. Drey 4 months ago

            Those ones that called themselves Destar and Coache stated loudly here that if Rohr should lead us to AFCON and scale through the R16, NFF should pay some of the boys huge sums in dollars to sabotage the team in the quarter finals. Their thought process aligned with that of Onwajunior’s assertions above that should Rohr reach the semis again which they feared and knew he would, it would be difficult to sack him.

            Imagine, could anyone have sacked Rohr in February after getting to AFCON semis when WCQ would be holding in March…? I doubt it.

            So I don’t entirely disbelief what Onwajunior is saying up there. Though a link to that news article would help.

            But that thought process is not beyond our NFF officials, trust me. They would rather sabotage any coach they way they tried for almost 2 years and failed, to sabotage Rohr just to see his back. And when they couldn’t do that, what did they do…? Concoct all sorts of lies and coughed out $2m just to see us play the “Nigerian style” we played 30 years ago, intimidating our African brothers with the superior advantage of Europe based players which many of the other countries never had.

            I bet to say the only difference between Westerhoff’s reign and Rohr’s reign was that Rohr didn’t have access to Aso Villa.

            I dont care what anyone thinks, no one is more Nigerian than I am, but I WARNED Y’ALL.

            We have paid $2m to be humiliated by an assistant coach whose profile I am still struggling to find online and a depleted team of averagely technical Tunisian players.

            Everyman is an excellent wrestler when he has no sparing partner. When Eguadiola was showing y’all how the easy-to-decode- 94 sqaud “Nigeria stlye” is played, he simply didnt show you what should happen when the wingers have 2 markers each……LMAOooo. Or when the opposing team decides to choke the midfield with 5 mdfielders or the defence with 5 defenders. how myopic of a so-called technical director

            That’s why they said talk is cheap.

            You just pour 11 players on the pitch to be waving magic winds from their individual vaults, No clear instructions, no contingency plans.

            Y’all think its mere coincidence we produced top scorers back-to-back-to-back. Those where products of clear instructions, now matter how “outre” they may have been, to interchange passes at the edge of the box to prize open opposition defenses and get the ball on the feet to the center forward. Go and rewatch all our goals under Rohr and you will find that sort of semblance in how most of our goals were executed.

            We had been found out by Sudan, they just didnt have the bravery to keep us at bay. Guinea Bissau had the courage but didn’t have the quality, they could only manage to hold us for 1 half. Y’all should go rewatch both games and see how we lost the midfield in swathes of those games.

            I dont want to sound inconsiderate but we have been told severally by the words of our elders than the dog that refuses to listen to the hunter’s whistle will get lost, that the reckless grasshopper will end up in the gizzard of a chicken and that the stubborn fly will follow the corpse into the grave.

            Coupled with tons and tons of practical examples and past experiences of ours and other nations.

            It wouldn’t be bad if I said it serves us right.

            I hope y’all enjoyed the honeymoon while it lasted.

            At least we are going back home with “BEST COACH OF THE GROUP STAGES” Award.

            A whole TD of Nigerian football opening his mouth to say he cant change tactics in the middle of a tournament……really……is someone kidding me…? So we have to ride and die with the table soccer that was decoded 28 years ago by a 10 man Italian team because an overrated squad used it to intimated and bully other teams who did have the quantum of players with quality and techniques ours had gone to acquire from Europe as at then….?

            I am still waiting for end of March 2022 to know what version of hell every contributor to this disgrace should be served.

            We will learn.

      • He is legendary, you might say.

  • _ What Next for Nigeria? _

    On a night pregnant with a lot of tantalising possibilities, Eguavoen’s Super Eagles delivered a badly malnourished kwashiorkor brand of football that effectively nailed Nigeria’s abortion from the ongoing Afcon in Cameroon.

    Tunisia vanquished the Super Eagles 1:0 in the most brutal fashion in Sunday’s second round match which threw to the mud every good thing the team achieved in the group stages.

    A second half delightful dribble, deadly drive and delicate delivery from long range was all it took for Tunisia’s Youssef Msakni to put Nigeria to the sword in 47 minutes.

    As a guest pundit on Flames TV last week, I was asked if Nigeria were title contenders by the other delighted guests. I said it was too early to call; the room fell silent. For me, Eguavoen’s in-game 4-2-4 formation was worrisome. I thought it left us way short in midfield. More so, I had yet to see his boys’ resourcefulness in trying to claw back a deficit.

    And these factors proved to be the coup de grâce. With Ndidi left destitute, Msakni pulled the trigger that dealt a mortal blow to the title ambitions of Nigeria. Sadly Eguavoen’s efforts to claw back the deficit was holed below the waterline by Iwobi’s jejune tackle which handed him his walking papers.

    The outcome of this encounter has now firmly put the dagger in the hands of those fans who waited patiently in the shadows, only to come out and crucify this timid, Ill-prepared table-soccer inspired team as they see it.

    In this curtain call, I offer my player ratings below:

    1, Maduka Okoye (4.5/10) was never truly convincing throughout the tournament and he was truly awful on Sunday. His savable blunder from a long range effort, despite the mildest of deflections, contributed to Nigeria’s demise. Despite making some decent saves, I have never had faith in Okoye’s presentation and his performance today vindicated all my prior concerns.

    2, Ola Aina (5/10) played a part in Tunisia’s goal by not effectively neutralising the threat from the source. Sunday’s performance was a slight wrinkle in what was otherwise a brilliant all round campaign for the former Chelsea man.

    3, William Troost-Ekong (6/10) delivered some neat and purposeful long passes in this encounter. Tried as he did, the Watford man couldn’t provide the leadership needed to prevent Nigeria from sinking in a quagmire.

    4, Kenneth Omeruo (5/10) is not expected to start any more matches for the Super Eagles going forward. This war horse put in a decent defensive shift today but a number of his long balls went astray. Adieu Omeruo.

    5, Zaidu Sanusi (5/10) forever struggled to sustain neat deliveries from the flank. His game was without poise nor elegance but he delivered his defensive brief admirably when called upon. The look for a more flamboyant left fullback for Nigeria continues.

    6, Wilfred Ndidi (5/10) was once again involved in the sequence of events that hurt the Super Eagles mortally in an Afcon knockout stage encounter. He was hung out to dry in the dribble that led to the fatal delivery this time around, having committed the killer foul against Algeria in 2019. Other than that, it was routinely ‘by the tackles by the end’ for Ndidi on Sunday with nothing extra-special produced to lift his team.

    7, Joe Aribo (5/10) was ‘absent without leave (AWOL)’ to leave his post unguarded for the baneful moment. What a moment to be missing in action! Other than that, he had a decent tournament and tonight, he did the best he could, but it just wasn’t good enough.

    8, Kelechi Iheanacho (5/10) executed the sort of hand-swiping foul that earned him a straight yellow in the English Premier League this season and the outcome today was no different. Save for some overcooked passes and underwhelming movements, Iheanacho huffed and puffed for the time he was on without blowing even a pin down.

    9, Samuel Chukwueze (4.5/10) will have problems dancing on ice as this will require the use of both feet. At least 2 crosses from him were eye popping but his take-ons were a let-down. A night not to remember; a tournament to forget for the Villarreal regular-sub.

    10, Moses Simon (4.5/10) showed a distinct lack of versatility today as all his signature moves were erased. Telling crosses were short in supply, his set pieces were wholly inadequate even for a Sunday league, his dribbles were doused and his overall impact curtailed. A night to forget but a group stage to savour for the diminutive winger.

    11. Taiwo Awoniyi (4.5/10) was largely anonymous tonight. With service to him either curtailed, inadequate or overcooked, he was effectively rendered redundant. His movements failed to yield any fruits and his overall performance in the tournament lacked the cutting edge.

    12, Ahmed Musa’s (4/10) performance and that of a headless chicken weren’t wholly incompatible tonight. The captain showed little inspiration and his introduction failed to generate the second wind for Nigeria. He put himself about and did his utmost, but that was about it.

    13, Alex Iwobi (2/10) the great (as he is fondly called by his rabid and fanatical flock of sheep) was greatly mistaken to think his cruel foul would go unpunished. You never want to see such a leg breaker as it could have led to lights out for the Tunisian player in an already depleted team. To his credit, Iwobi injected some urgency to the Super Eagles play. Had he been phlegmatic and abstemious with his tackle, Nigeria could have been more potent in the dying minutes.

    14, Sadiq Umar (6.5/10) delivered his best game on the worst night for the Super Eagles. He brought in a sense of verisimilitude with his authentic take ons and deadly deliveries that were a whisker away from dragging the Super Eagles back into the encounter. A wretched tournament, but an unforgettable night for the Almeria sharpshooter.

    Peter Olayinka (4/10) did not conjure any jump-scare moments for the Tunisian audience to fret. He did provide the extra body up front but that was just about it. With the Super Eagles already depleted, crestfallen and out of ideas, there was little – if anything – Olayinka could do.

    Coach Eguavoen (4.5/10) cut a despondent persona as he watched years of table soccer illustrations go up in smoke against a stricken Tunisia. His boys lacked intensity in the first half and were thoroughly curtailed in the second. His credentials of clawing back deficits took a major wack as his substitute earned a straight red and the other 10 foot soldiers on grass ran out of ideas. The concerns I raised in my post-match analysis against Guinea Bissau effectively came home to roost, swallowing the hopes of Super Eagles fans.

    For all his swashbuckling bravado in the group stages, Eguavoen’s campaign ended in a damp squib for a man who is now left to ponder about where it all went wrong.

    Nigeria 0:1 Tunisia.

    • JimmyBall 4 months ago

      When that game started… I kept seeing only a Ndidi in front of our defence and wondered what Eguaveon was trying to do… If we played Egypt with a system that gave defensive solidity why did we have to use an alien 424 knowing most of our guys have low energy… That’s where Eguaveon goofed… Our midfield was absent throughout that game and we have always said field a regular play maker… the idea of using Iheanacho there had already been sounded to us as a fail by Brendan Roger’s… Iwobi was never going to bail us on anything in midfield even if he had started because the guy has lost his football identity… He is nowhere in his club and is very confused about his football right now… Eguaveon should have played our normal 4231 and not some 424… he tried that against Sudan and those guys for a long period seized the midfield from us…

    • Emecco 4 months ago

      @Deo , that’s your opinion, but it’s not binding to all of us. We lost, Yes, it wasn’t to the Superior tactics of the Tunisia, It was largely.to goalkeeping error. We had chances to score also. Even with man down.

  • JimmyBall 4 months ago

    It’s possible to use same tactics and win games… the difference is instructions. England has been using 442 forever… Let’s face it we lost and reality means we must stop ovehyping our players and besides football is a team game… There is no definitive rule in football that says we must always go ahead in games, trailing and still going on to win a game is part of the test of a good team. Yesterday we simply fell short and it showed we did not make any progress as a team for 5years… If we can give Rohr five years and helped him insert a notorious USD2mille in his contract let’s go ahead and give same to an indegenius coach… Eguaveon who to me did well save for for luck that eluded us yesterday and some of the average guys in our team who were exposed yesterday, was NFF choice… He did okay to me but we said Amuneke/Garba/Manu should be installed before the nations cup, we cannot always think we will have favorable situations whenever we play top games… there is nothing like Tunisia were depleted… The game started at 11 vs 11 and became 10 vs 11… Some of you who are saying it’s hit Iwobis fault are the same entities lambasting Eguaveon… Once we were trailing and a man down tell me which magic we expected from a team playing their equal in terms of foitball depth. Tunisia were loaded with players from Egypt league, Tunisia League and Arabia Leagues(Qatar, Saudi Arabia) yet we always look down on our own good players doing well in leagues in Egypt and Tunisia… the day we learn to accept football is not by playing in EPL, Spain and Germany alone we will learn to value players that are good but we treat with disrespect… What did the likes of players who we like to sing their praises do yesterday? Let’s be there lamenting what is already done and not begin planning for Ghana playoffs. They can bring anotger white messiah again… He will come, collect our money, fail and go…

    • Shut up FAT LIAR. You should bow your head in Shame. It wasn’t the players playing in African league that sent us out but a schoolboy error of using the same strategy over 4 matches.

      You have started to spew garbage again saying that England has been using 442 ever since. Another fat lie. They use 433 the most.
      It was Sir Alex Ferguson that used 442 diamond formation. You can’t run now as you have been exposed.

      From all the players you campaigned for to the most useless coach ever in our 24 years of football history to date.

      We have never gone out at the round of 16. Plus that idiot Omo9ja that was saying here that Mr.no nonsense will play total football at AFCON.

      I hope he now sees the total football he has been clamouring for. We lost to a depleted Tunisian side and an assistant coach.

      What is worse now is that the players that executed this AFCON with useless Eguavoen profile will now be reduced to nothing.

      I said when Eguavoen was appointed that Ndidi will not make it to Real Madrid, I hope you see it now.

      Now ever single player that was in this team will loose international transfer reputation because of a school boy error and useless people like you and your co-horts including the useless Segun Odegbami and Sunday Dare.

      • @Ben….

        U will not kill me with laughter….

        Ndi Mr no nonesense….
        Ndi Total football…..
        Ndi tiki taka….

        Finally we’re playing total football in our backyard now.

    • @Jimmyball….

      …Let’s face it we lost and reality means we must stop ovehyping our players and besides football is a team game… …

      Now that we’re booted out that u want to do the right thing?
      Won’t u hype NWAKALI again?
      How about OLAYINKA that spent over 25min running like one brainless chicken in the pitch all through? NDAH, J.AJAYI….

      We were destined to lift this trophy for the 4th time but the hatred and nepotism in our heart against that innocent foreigner spoiled everything for us….

      See where we are now.

    • Douglas john ufuoma 4 months ago

      You Were among the gang of we prefer to lose with our own. You select players based on sentiment and you hope to get result. You drop someone in the 40-men list and pick the one that never mark the list, you claim not to know about one time highest goal scorer in Holland league and a player that have experience in a top league to pick a player that is playing in the second division for years without ant club asking how much. To crown it all, no plan B. Hope jimmy, chime, omo9ja, odegbami, dare, pinnick and co are happy now that the disaster they were running from final happened. Ghana is by March, and we should remember they are stubborn and ready to die in the pitch instead of them to lose to us. Those that think they know better should start looking for solution, becos I remember omo9ja once said any coach can use that crop of talented players to get result. Is it not a shame that an assistant coach without history along with a diplitting boot us out of nations and you still advocate for the coach, would have done so to rohr