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  • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

    When I speak about our full backs some football fans who knows nothing about soccer will start crying… I will say it again this super eagles defense line will not see bench at any epl club except for idowu.. yet this is what we are taking to wc18 and as Ighalo I shake my head

  • very awful performance so far..There is no coordination from the midfield .less than 2 weeks to the world cup,a lot work needed t be done plus i see no one is guaranteed a shirt judging by the performance of the first half.let’s wait and see what the 2nd half would bring..go go eagles

  • Wrong passes all through

  • xhuxhu 3 years ago

    sad performance..

  • beejay oddy 3 years ago

    onazi and that stupid joel obi and ighalo i dont knw what to say

  • this is disgraceful…no hope

  • Yet so many were so sure this team will win the World Cup. From what I saw today, they would need a miracle to get to the round of 16. You can always bet on our teams being very poor at set piece defending and they never learn. they leave too many spaces for rival teams to exploit. Poor basic control skills leading to too many ball turnovers usually in the Eagles own half. Let us see what the 2nd half gives. First half has been an amateur display.

  • Murtala ibrahim 3 years ago


  • Sunnyb 3 years ago

    Lol, I talk am, this’s what u get when u pick players based  on sentiment and corruption. Bunch of useless players

  • Onazi short man , ball just pass him head enter net, if na tall person, e for no enter .
    Lol na joke

  • Sunnyb 3 years ago

    They should riot on the street if Rohr takes Ogu, Musa, Onazi, Echiejile,Ogu, to World Cup

  • Let no one say the score is respectable o. the match is awful! If we had scored another lucky goal, England would have stepped up the game, meanwhile, i tell you, Croatia and argentina are far more coordinated> England would also not be this playful at the world cup, Luck don’t travel far at such intl competition, it is either you at ready or not, we surely aren’t with this display

  • Sunnyb 3 years ago

    Joel Obi, Onazi, Musa, Ighalo no comment

  • Gernot Rolhl please!!!!! Drop Onazi,the guy is tired. Please Onazi go and retire

  • Murtala ibrahim 3 years ago

    Up eagles

  • all our team need 2 do is we just hav 2 sit up and work hard cos all eyes are on dem cum WC18

  • Wonderful second half performance from SE. I doff my heart for John Ogu. He was thrown into the centre of the defence and he still acquited himself very well.we had a very forgettable first half.thank GOD Joel and Onazi has been found out. Mikel-Etebor-Ndidi our first choice midfield option. We weren’t space conscious and England ran rings round our defence in the first half. Second half,we dominated vital areas thus denying the English team the vital spaces to work on.I will be surprised to see Leon Balogun start in the world cup with this performance. The keeper,aside the error that gifted Kane his goal, did excellently well in the first half and did little in the second half as his defence protected him very well. Genorh Rhor also did very well to respond to their shabby first half performance by changing his personnel and tactics. Bringing Ogu into that position and trying out the 5-3-2 in the second half,shows he is tactically good. All the same, it was generally a good test and performance from both teams. Up SE

    • Israel Akinlawon 3 years ago

      In addition, it is very cool now that Joel Obi and Onazi should never be in our first 11 again, both of them were virus infection in the first half. I am happy with what I have seen, not minding the result. That is the purpose of such a friendly. Uzoho was fantastic in the first half, the 2nd goal he conceded notwithstanding. I am sure we would have a good world Cup outing.

  • Sunnyb 3 years ago

    Against Congo it was the pitch, against England is just a friendly match. Rohr is not a sound coach, the dude was lucky during the qualifying, now those luck has ran out. A coach that thinks Nwakali is not good enough, should have is CV re-examined.

  • Guy, u don crack my ribs ooooo I can’t stop lagging. He is really a short man. He can’t control d ball to save his life. There was a swift body movement an English player did and he just sat down on d ground. He and Joel obi played woefully today. Very disappointed at the performance in the 1st half. 2nd half with etebo was a lot better. Ebuehi should be our right back abeg. Nigerian players don’t communicate just jamming heads like malu twice in one match. Same thing happened in d match against Poland, always bumping heads. Today’s 1st half was an eyesore to be frank but credit to the coach for the adjustment he made in the 2nd half. That said it was a friendly and should be viewed as such. From d match d coach must have seen areas where he has to improve. Deo analyzed this game perfectly in one of his previous posts. Set pieces would be 9jas downfall. Great 2nd half by the SE

    • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

      Exactly Deo did and I wonder how Vardy would have treated our defense. Hmmm iwobi was good Mikel and Moses are paying the price of lateness and special treatment. Idowu was good at left back I want the coach to try Ogu or Joel at right back because Shehu and Ebuehi are not serious players o… crazy players awaits this full backs at the main events

      • @Chima E Samuels, I am very sure you watched this match through the back of your TV because there is no way you actually watched this match and you would fault the performance of Ebuoehi who brought life to the right full back position when he was introduced in the second half. His electrifying pace necessitated the substitution of young for Danny rose because young was beaten time and again by him. If you truly watched this match, you will know that Joel Obi will be among the 2 players to be removed from this team. Onazi would have joined if not for the fact that he is the assistant captain. If you understood the tactical adjustment that the coach made, you would have seen that Ogu played an introverted left full back when SE were in position thus pushing Idowu forward.. Please try and watch the game again to enable you make an informed analysis. With this second half performance, I am very hopeful of our chances in the world cup. Add Ndidi,our ball winner in the midfield and etebor adding a certain dynamism and strength, Mikel will flourish very well and the eagles will be better for it. UP SE

        • Victor 3 years ago

          @ joel,thanks for the response. Chima always surprises me with his comments. If not for Ebuehi Ashley young would just continue penetrating anyhow. Good performance in the second half but the comment by our coach saying we are not ready for the world cup has got me really worried.

  • Akintunde Akinmade 3 years ago

    What a match!!! This match has come and gone and my snippets from the match is as follows:
    1.Our coach according to John Obi Mikel is our MVP. He did a good job by reorganizing the defence/midfield in the 2nd half and we saw that England were no longer fluid. Unfortunately at this point the brightest spot of the team Iwobi has tired out probably we would have just nicked another goal to at least draw the match.
    2.Uzoho is the no 1 choice and should remain so. He saved us from numerous occasion.
    3.Shehu Abdullahi is not really our best right full back. His club has been playing him in the middle of the pack and thus he has lost touch with the basics of defending. When the pacy Tyronne Ebuehi came in we say how he launched attacks and still quickly fall back to do his primary job, defending. If encouraged like Uzoho by giving him more minutes, he will surely come out good at the world cup.
    4.John Ogu looks better than Ogenyi Onazi who gives possession to the opposition at will. This was the major cause of the Harry Kane goal. This pivot position is too delicate to be left for a tentative Onazi.
    5.Joel Obi do not really have a business in this team as he has not done something different.
    6.Victor Moses did not bond well with the team due to the short time he has spent in camp.
    7.3 – 5 – 2 appears our best formation these days and the earlier we keep to this the better. This made us impressive in our match up against Argentina in November and that of today.
    I know we will be better in our world cup matches as our MVP, Gernot Rohr is an astute coach that will correct all these mistakes noticed. This is I believe.

    • Akintunde, I associate myself with all your observations above.

    • Israel Akinlawon 3 years ago

      Thank you my brother, you really understand the game and your analysis of the match is top notch. Gernot Rohr is really the MVP and I am very sure those lapses would be corrected before next game.

      • Akintunde Akinmade 3 years ago

        It will be corrected for certain. Thanks for the complimentary remarks.

  • Djeniko 3 years ago

    As far as I am concern, Croatia and Iceland will fall. This is the Eagles I know. They will play ‘rubbish’ during friendly but you see a different team when the proper thing start. The score is not too bad. The performances is not bad too. Uproot Wembley and plant it in Lagos and we will beat England in our backyard as this match is an away match. Swim or sink, we are for Eagles.

  • david jonathan 3 years ago

    to me super eagles need midfielders like the nwakalis,and we need someone that can assist balogun and ekong in case of injury,lokosa is better than ighalo,if you are playing england your formation should be 4-4-2,and the player must be,ebuehi,ekong,balogun,echejile,olaina,nwakalis[twins],mikel obi,joel obi,mba,iwobi,akpom,ihenacho,and you place england on counterattack,wound players like,dele alli,kane,you will win england 6-0 home and away.

  • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

    @Eagle get your manners right don’t insult anyone here and Croatia led by Modric and Mandzukic are more clinical so get your facts right because tiredness is not an excuse for professionals

  • It was here people clamoured for joel obi now you people can see what his capable of, now you people are clamouring for nwakali.
    So many people don’t understand football. As for Ebuehi i love that boy. Thanks to Rohr for making quick adjustment but remember in world cup there are only threee changes. Onazi and joel or echejile should be let ola go to russia for he is better than Echejile.

  • Sunnyb 3 years ago

    Bro u calling me stupid for stating the obvious, don’t worry u would surely apologize to me in three weeks time.by the way this team is the best in the world,Onazi, Joel, Musa, Ighalo all did well today. With this team I can see Naija lifting the trophy.

  • I mean onazi and joel or echejile to be axe out let ola go to rusia, he can play as right and left back respectively because i don’t trust shehu anymore.

  • Pleassssss Rohr drop Onazi and Joel Obi. Pleasssssss no sentiments even if Onazi is the vice captain. Plssss.Mikel u ‘re the Baba. SUPERB GAME FROM MIKEL.

  • @Sunnyb why do you like creating unnecessary confusion? Does winning every time means a team is good?, why are we so quick to condemning someone like this? Cos they lost now, the coach is not good? If u actually watch the match you will see that the team gave a good account of themselves in the second half. The essence of a friendly match is to know the team grey area so as to correct them and am sure the coaching crew have seen that. please is not by force to comment if u can’t get behind the team. What would Nwakali do in that match mtcheeew.

  • people like sunny did not understand anything only to be mentioning Nwakali. To me Rohr only need to replace Onazi and Joel obi in super eagle starting eleven. To all the fans who doesn’t trust this present super eagle, please with all due respect go and find another team to support and leave us that we trusted that the super eagle will bring this world cup home by July. if England can draw Germany, Brazil, France, Spain and Argentina at Wembley. Then the eagle is not a failure playing to experiment and secure first eleven and lost 2-1, I just pray that rohr should stick with these second half players in his first eleven, if it happens that with started the match with the second half players then we should have beating England in real match. up super eagle coach and second half display.

  • Abdulrazak 3 years ago

    Friendly matches helps you determine how you set your team out and the proper personnel to deploy. The first half is best forgotten but a better and quality second half by our boys. One thing i am certain of is that Onazi and Joel Obi will not be in the starting eleven in our first match against Croatia. Gernot Rohr is tectonic and and dispassionate in his decision making.

  • Akinwola Afeez 3 years ago

    The game was woeful as i could say. Joel obi nd onazi shud nt be given a start again to prevent further re occurence. Tyronne Ebuechi shud be given lot of playing to improte. Idowu did a marvellous job in the left back position. Shehu shud be excluded 4rm d team as he is nt serious. Leon shud nt be among the XI in the mundial. Iwobi did a lot of impressive jobs. Musa’s performance was nothing to write home about. I dnt know why Simy was nt allowed to justify himself as he is promising. Work on those flaws nd we will soar high in the mundial. Soar Super Eagles.

  • Emmanuel 3 years ago

    dey waz hope on d second half but we need to do something about the forward and defense

  • beejay oddy 3 years ago

    This match has let us face reality and let be sincere with ourselves this team is still a work in progress and believe me just as a gold passes the fire my own observation is that the coach as to be factual with himself watch the match again with is crew to be sincere the likes of Joel obi and onazi should be sent away from the team also balogun is no longer trusted at the back so i would prefer omeruo and ekong the fullbacks should be idowu and ebuehi the goalkeeper let the coach give ezenwa a chance in our next friendly in the midfield play ndidi mikel and iwobi the foward line should be moses ineahco and simmy in a 433 formation in a 442 let the coach play ebuehi idowu ekong omeruo mikel ndidi moses etebo ineahco and igalo and in the 352 formation play ekong omeruo awaziem ebuehi ndidi mikel ogu idowu simmy and ineahco

    • balogun was the best defender on parade in the 1st half..he made more clearance than any other defender

  • Olusanya 3 years ago

    The second half was far better than the first half but Rohr should not start Joel and Onazi in d world cup.the combination of Ndidi,Etebo and Mikel looks good.Tyrone is another player that should cement his place at d right full back.Kudos to Rohr for d tactical prowess.

  • our first half game is very dissapointing the strength of our time is the two midfielders plus wingers
    if they don’t play well then the whole team will collapse
    our goal keeper is growing in confidence
    that left back should be change and I think ebuch is better and we’ll compose
    our midfield should be etebo, Mikel, nididi
    and also that shy should be givien a chance because think is better than both oni and onazi

  • I mean agu should be given a chance

  • CHARLES 3 years ago

    Well what can i say,i pray Ndidi get back quick so he can start playing for us and am so surprised at what Onazi did in this match,he his worst and he almost gave me a heart attack.Our midfielder and forward should really work hard because they are giving the defence problem,shehu really fucked up,i miss simon moses already.Ogu is a very good,ighalo should try improve,this is friendly we all know but we saw mistakes today so am very happy we lost because winning won’t make us realise all this mistakes our players are doing,good second half from our boys and for our left/right back i will say thank you to them,omeroue super and ekong one of the best,the coach is trying to keep leon balogun because he get injured quick so he took him out just to prevent him from injury,etobo should be starting too because thats one of our best player

  • Ademola the king and the president 3 years ago

    Our coach has a game plan that will take the world by surprise ,look at the game we played against Argentina and England ,the moment the second half of each game resumed Nigeria game changed and our opponent were dumbed founded ,I believe the coach is keeping a lot of tactics to his chest,and believe me sincerely eagles would be difficult to play against come World Cup proper.remember this is just a friendly and a lot of eyes are on us.

    Looking at the start of this match eagles were casual in their approach ,while England were very rough and physical,they never allowed our players to settle down no thanks to poor positional approach of both Joel and Onazi which gave a lot of opponent passes and this obviously led to the second goal.

    I wont say some players don’t deserve to be in eagles but i would say some payers don’t deserve to be in the first team and so they should be on the bench if its a most for them to be at the World Cup. Onazi,Joel,Balogun,Igahlo and Shehu are not contributing anything .its a pity that Nigerians don’t value player like OGU a natural left footer,a midfielder bully,a no nonsense player,a buckler,a shielder of Defence and lastly an icon of physicality.this is the kind of player we need at the middle of our midfield .by the time Ndidii comes back i know the midfield will gel proper.

    Again i believe Moses and Mikel played below expectation today and the coaching crew need to drill them as its evidence there lack of playing regularly in the eagles isolated them .the combination of Ndidi,Etebo and Ogu would neutralize any attacking threat  while Mikel ,Moses Iwobi and Simy will make mess of opponent defense .IGHALO cant take us anywhere ,he relies so much on body contact rather than gelling with the team .

    My verdict this team will be difficult to beat ,and let us meet this same English team they would be thoroughly beaten.
    I bless this great country ,from the President to the least but not the last citizen.

    • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

      You’ve said it all my man. It’s just a friendly. Iceland lost at home to Norway and Germany lost to Austria. SuperEagles will come good in Russia.

  • Mbetobong 3 years ago

    In my own opinion.. I think the boys tried..nt minding their first half errors..,one thing we should knw in football is that u cant start all the gud players at once.,u need rotation…
    2.Onazi and Joel are nt gud counterpart,it is nt possible 2 play the two 2gether..is either u take one into the game and drop one…and no gud coach has 2 take the two plus shehu into a game ,if nt the game is rubish…
    3.speaking on the technical part of the game.. .nigeria didnt do wel in the first half but tried in the second.., how on earth as a player wil u allow an opponent to roll a bal pass and stil stand free to get the ball again… We didnt mark ,ar spaces wer too open…
    4.midfield option… For me we hav what it takes to do anyting to any country…we should keep Mikel,John Ogu,Etebo,NDIDI,NWAKALI, ONAZI,and that number10 that lead that team B., nw our first options in midfield should be.. Etebo,MIKEL,NWAKALI,ONAZI… When substituting we bring in John ogu 4 Onazi or that number 10 in team B and Ndidi 4 Nwakali… Becos wen midfield is gud the entire team is gud.. Thats my option,
    5.Defence option.. We need tactical defenders.. EBUEHI,Omerou,EKONG,Balogun,idowu.. Aina..and that captain that lead team B,..our starting men should b.. ..EKONG.. Omerou..Ebuehi, idowu. Cos sometime too much familiarity might bring error.. Ekong and balogun.. So u drop one and pick one.. Wen substituting u can nw bring in the other to bring in balance.. Thats omerou to balogun,.and ebuehi to team B captain or Aina….
    6.forward options,. We hav machines upfront.. We need Igalo,.Iheanacho. Iwobi. Musa,VICtor moses and Nwankwo..our option should b 3.. Moses,IWOBI,AND Nwankwo.. Droping Ighalo and Iheanacho and musa. Substitute should never be Moses… But we should nt keep our eye and hope on him and many passes shouldnt go 4 him .. He should b a killer point… Bring in Musa and ighalo.. Or Iheanacho. And see our game balance….
    Rounding up my opinion, nigeria team should kill the mentality of passing the ball to the back mounting pressure on themself.. We should hav our tactics on dull fast football.. What i mean is playing the ball wit tiki taka and mounting pressure on the oponent… We should stop relenting and mark the ball wit all efort covering spaces.. Study 4rm liverpool and barca….. I knw we did well in the second half of the game.. But we dont hav to continue like that.. Remember when the real game start we need jus three changes.. So we need to start the game wit our best squad which is to me…
    Defence.. Ebuehi, Ekong,idowu..omerou..substitute-balogun 2 omerou.
    Midfield… Mikel..NWAKali,NDIDI.. Substitute..Nwakali or Ndidi to ETEBO OR john Ogu…
    Forward.. Moses, Nwankwo…iwobi.. Substitute nnwankwo or iwobi. To Iheanacho,Musa and Ighalo

  • Jimoh Oriyomi 3 years ago

    It is far above average performances in that match with England for a young team like Nigeria. England paraded top players in the premiership, playing actively for their different clubs and we still have a balance game with them.

  • Up eagles ,, as for me ,, it is normal for a coach to put up a wrong tactic in a match but d coach must knw hw to correct d error fast fast..
    D team do response well to d english and am impress..

    Go eagles ,,eagles soar