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Moses “Devastated” By Super Eagles World Cup Exit

Moses “Devastated” By Super Eagles World Cup Exit

Victor Moses has expressed how devastated he was at the cruel exit of the Super Eagles from the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia on Tuesday.

Argentina defeated Nigeria 2-1 to book a place in the round of 16 of the competition.

Moses drew Nigeria level in the 51st minute after Lionel Messi had shot Argentina into the lead.

Marcos Rojo sealed the win for Argentina four minutes from time to hand Jorge Sampaoli’s side another berth in the knockout rounds.

“To say I am devastated would be an understatement. The boys gave absolutely everything and I wish it could have led to us going through,” Moses tweeted on Wednesday.

“I am proud to be a part of this team though and I proud to be Nigerian. Thank you to the whole country for the incredible support. ❤️🇳🇬 .”

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  • Bestsports. 3 years ago


    Forgive IGHALO pls! Dude has apologised! Blame Coach Rohr! He killed us against CROATIA and Argentina with wrong tactics and organisation and choice of players!
    Against Argentina Rohr failed to park the bus when it’s 5mins left you quickly freshen up the TEAM with defensive substitutions but he was clueless!
    John ogu should have been brought in together with awazien but as usual waited until too late. Our coach is old. Pls its time siasia is properly brought on BOARD. Siasia na tournament coach!
    He knows all our PLAYERS everywhere and their QUALITY.
    Pls read on…

    The heartache, the talking points, the bitter disappointment that our Eagles are out of the World Cup after so much hope that this is the set that will top the other sets.

    If there’s anything we can take from this World Cup disappointment, it’s that we need to start planning for the future and that future and planning has to start now, has to start with the current U15s, U17s and U20s.

    This article isn’t just aimed at Nigeria, it’s aimed at our continent, as I write only Senegal have a hope of going to the next round as the remaining four African countries are already out.

    This is a reference for us to look into the mirror and ask ourselves why we never succeed at major tournaments over the age of 17.

    Why our continent and country keeps doing the same thing over and over and expect a different result.

    What truly do Europeans, South Americans and Asians do differently from us that makes them successful at World Cups?

    They build from the ground up, don’t take shortcuts at youth levels and they definitely don’t cheat with over aged players we’ve always done because they understand that building a successful football program isn’t about winning the U17s at all, it’s about developing player from the U13s and up, making sure those players are training at clubs that emphasizes technique, getting playing time at clubs in Europe.

    No disrespect to Turkey or China but we need players playing at leagues where technique will be developed.

    Not many graduates of our U17s get to play in Europe and most that do never have old, long careers in Europe and that’s not their fault- often, bad agents pushing them towards big clubs for big fees and forgetting that these players don’t have the foundation that European layers have.

    They don’t have coaches teaching them and engraining in their DNA the fundamentals of modern world football, after these players make a splash at the U17 World Cups, they get loaned out indefinitely until they fizzle out and end up in Turkey, Cyprus, Greece or stop all together.

    These are facts, pull up the roster of our last five U17 squads with a simple google search and Wikipedia.

    How many of those players are currently playing first team football in top leagues in Europe? How many have had sustained careers in Europe since their move ?

    There lies our issue, it starts from the ground, what are our kids being taught vs what are European kids being taught.

    Who is doing the teaching and what do they know from training and experience about the fundamentals of football and there would lie the answer.

    At the NFF, we actually have a true lover of grassroots football in Barrister Akinwunmi who by all accounts is working hard to change our football culture – we can already see with what he did with the U15s in friendlies in Morocco- win, lose or draw- played with young players- that’s vision, that’s looking at the long term because experiences like that for truly young players (real U15s) is a down payment on the future.

    Then this same visionary espoused view of reading a synergy from U13s all the way up to the senior National team with the NFF/Zenith Bank Future Eagles Championship.

    That is the foundation to future World Cup successes, not using over aged player to get short term gains and suffer for it in the future.

    Then this same visionary in barrister Akinwunmi also captured one of the most exciting players young players in Lateef Omidiji Jr, a player already in a position in Europe hat many senior players dream of, a player already touted by many scouts and club directors in Europe as one of the future of football.

    For all our criticisms of the NFF, the players, the coach, my people, we need to look at ourselves. This article might offend some, might bother some but if that is the price for starting a real conversation that could save us heartaches in the future then so be it.

    We are all Africans, it’s time to have a frank conversation with ourselves for the befit of our future, for the benefit of our children, for the benefit of a sport that we all love, for the benefit of our continents inhabitants.

    Football is more than a sport here on our continent, football is a religion here, it’s a release from all the pressures of living here, it’s an escape from our failed governments, it’s a stress reliever and dare I say- football is a part of our identity.

    We can talk about the poor officiating and bias and those are valid conversations but if we don’t get our house in order, we will continue the same cycle of failure, disappointment and talking points which his hire a coach, go to the Nations Cup, lose, get rid of hosts of players who came through our U17s overaged and were never taught basic foundation and principles and to be honest are not up to there with the best in the world technically or tactically.

    We fire a coach, hire another for the World Cup, qualify and do it all over again. Such has been our cycle as far back as I can remember.

    The money we’ve spent on this gallant set of super Eagles, imagine investing some in our youth football just 5% of it, the return will be immense.

    It means more international friendlies (even if it’s African countries and some European tournaments) for our U13s, U15s and U17s, it means potentially unearthing true aged players now that can be wildcards and intriguing possibilities for the World Cup in Qatar 2022.

    It means having a National U16 squad to be a synergy to our U17s so the pressure to be older, bigger, stronger and faster as criteria for the U17s is no longer there, it means hiring a coach for our U13s, U15s and U17s that is qualified, teach players technique, tactics and laying a foundation for the future.

    Investing 5% of the money we just spent on the Eagles on our youth means developing a playing style and template early and implanting it in players early so that when we get to the senior levels, there will be no arguments about formation or style, the world will see, identify and know Nigerian Football.

    It means buying a bone scan machine for our youth program and not just relying on ‘birth certificates and passports or in some cases size and what they look like so that we can truly cleanse our youth programs and start from the ground up.

    I know it isn’t an easy task in a country where we want results right away, where we need to win because we believe we are Brazil, well newsflash we are not, we are Nigeria with a lot of talent at home and abroad but a lot of cracks in or foundation.

    Brazilian kids, name any Brazilian star in Europe, all come through real academies in Brazil and nurtured through real academies and real coaches who know their stuff,.

    The coaches are in tune with world football, know what to teach, how to teach and who to teach by identifying true talent, not the coaches we have parading themselves around who cannot technically and tactically outwit European coaches.

    Let’s identify good coaches at grassroots, stop the north, south politics, find coaches that are passionate about coaching, accept that they are limited in knowledge, accept responsibility that it’s not their fault its ours, it’s the system we’ve created and accepted, send those coaches on training courses abroad, assign them to our U13s.

    Invest in them and send them overseas to train, earn UEFA licenses, have them be a part of our U13s, U15s and U17s who should now regularly be playing African, European, American, South American and Asian friendlies and tournaments (all these countries would love to play teams from Nigeria because of our dominance at youth levels) and eventually these coaches would be the future handlers of our youth and senior teams because of the training investment and international experience they’ll have.

    In doing so, it requires patience from the public, understanding that those countries we see succeeding on the global stage have a foundation, have a method, have a system and they don’t win U17 tournaments because that’s all a learning experience to prepare players for the future.

    Let us accept that we will lose games now but be setup to succeed in the future. Let’s dead the noise about having the youngest team in the World Cup so that we can truly start planning. We know, we don’t, Europeans know it too, so let’s stop deceiving ourselves because no one outside of Africa believes it either.

    Let’s look in the mirror because the fact is it’s not just Nigeria that use overaged players because that seems to be what you have to do to compete within Africa but when we get to the World Cup, it’s a different ball game.

    It is time my people to look inward, have a frank conversation about our youth, our passion, our future, our children, our football, let’s destroy and rebuild, we will never get anywhere in world football until that is done.

    Qatar 2022 is right around the corner, let’s get to work now!

    New Nff or old Nff pls start planning now!
    Without further delay siasia should be employed now but not only when there is problematic situations before bringing him.

    • Mr Plan..we plan pass Germany that has arguably the best football structure in the world..u need to take some chill tablets..the most important thing is to give in ur best..If nigeria was in Germany group..we would have had better hopes to qualify

      • Edoman 3 years ago

        But Nigeria were not in the German’s Group. Forget about what should’ve being.

    • Rayman 3 years ago

      But SIASIA is not the option sha. That is my take. He couldn’t even qualify us for a nations cup.

      • Olaoluwa 3 years ago

        God bless you for that response. I am shocked that someone somewhere is still mentioning Siasia.

  • Have Luk at the game Nig vs ARG almost 5times already and I can categorically ask Moses “who are u angry with” ? Why I ask this question was the fact that all through the game U were blowing a little hot and a Long coldness wen u are put on the spotlight by the ball. Do u know that looking back at the game u will discover that macos rojjo was well sighted by Moses long before the ball got to him from that cross from the right side of the field but Moses decided at such crucial moment to gamble that macos will not get the ball instead he Moses hesitated before moving close to macos and by the time he got to him the guy had all the time to balance and volley the ball from 16yards out as if we were playing 5players against their 11players . Even wen he Moses came close to him instead of throwing his body at him to attempt frantic blocking of the ball,he just stood raising a leg as if waiting concern me if they score while macos volleyed the ball into the net. But have seen Moses made some very serious game saving blocking of shot at Chelsea even far tasking than the one rojo played in his front. The same lackadaisical behavior u put up at 2014 WC is stll that same attitude u put up again in 2018 wc ,Oga Moses can u pls leave us Nig team alone and go away ,am sure God will bless us with a better player than u skill wise and full of rugged and steel commitment like mikel , Musa ,balogun,ekong,etebo,ndidi,emeruo, and so on.

  • Sunnyb 3 years ago

    Ayo pls don’t blame Moses, the guy tried he even converted that penalty at that crucial moment, we’re had three central defenders they were all missing in the box, Moses has really tried for  Naija,  Dont forget the guy parents were both killed  in the North by some inhumane creatures.

  • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

    We are also devastated by the fact that you put up a rather lackadaisical attitude at this world cup which was vividly evident in your performance on the pitch as opposed to what we see you play at your club. The entire world saw you as the man to carry the SE on your shoulders to success prior to this championship. We see you week in week out putting your body on the line for Chelsea, playing the wing-back role whole-heartedly like you were born for it, to the point when Barca showed interest in signing you to replace Dani Alves last season. But guess what, It is your national team that gives you glory as a footballer, not your club. Ask the likes of Ryan Giggs, George Weah, Giovanni Elber, Adailton, Stefan Effenberg, Eric Cantona and a couple of other great players who could have been much more revered if only the had as much success at international level as they had at club level. We know what you are capable of. A victor moses of chelsea would have prevented Marcos rojo getting into a scoring position in the 1st instance, talk more of having the time to pick his spot for a goal. Pls we dont want prims-donnas in our team, if you dont wanna give your best, just stay away and let the rest do the job.
    Lest I forget, go and learn how to sing the national anthem. Even the likes of Balogun, Ebuehi and Ekong who are proper “Oyinbo” can sing the anthem

  • @Ayo u re totally wrong here,it seems u didnt watch the game.was Moses a defender?the young man over worked in that game,the same way Messi score pass Omuero,he was watching before Messi sneak.There is nothing moses can do,where re the three central back?also why didnt the coach bring him defenders,Argentina had 4 strikers up front.Oga,Leave Moses alone,at that moment,if it is Mikel,he will miss that penalty kick.Are we better than German team?of course not.Blame the coach for Nigeria Ouster.
    I trust my Mourinho,He will loose that game,Blame Ighalo too,not moses Oga

  • Nigerians our team did their best in this tournament, GERNOT ROHR is a very good coach looking at where he took us from, we were not expected to be at this world cup but he did all his best to make sure we present Africa, qualifying from the group with Algeria, Cameroon, Zambia was not an easy task for him, the coach did very well by bringing all these young players to play for Super Eagles, we should congratulate the coach,
    we should congratulate him and stop all the name calling, we have a very young team, our goalkeeper the youngest in this tournament, we shouldn’t put so much blame on them, our national team super eagles have a bright future ahead of them, we should encourage the NFF to keep the coach and the players, we have African Nation Cup coming up next Year, these guys has made us proud even though we expected them to go far in this tournament in Russia, Long Live Republic of Nigeria and Long Live Super Eagles,

    • AWA thanks so much. @NFF please keep the coach and the players, 2022 is going to be brighter than what we have now.

      God bless Nigeria

  • Bomboy 3 years ago

    Our coach will be 69 years old by the next World Cup in 2022.

    I was one of his best supporters b4 and during the World Cup. But I am now of the opinion that his time is up.

    I vowed to sink or swim with him and his team (I even supported him for selecting the much disliked Ighalo). I sunk with them, but now I want us to float again.

    He did well for us. We had a slim chance to qualify for this mundial, but He led us to beat Cameroon and co.

    But that is in the past, and we are now looking to the future.

    Thank u once again Mr. Rohr, but we need a younger, yet more experienced coach with passion and hunger to lead our darling Super Eagles to the next level.

    The good has to go for the best to come.

    At this point I no longer care when some uncultured readers in this forum use abusive words on people with different opinion. I have boldly stated what I believe is the way forward. Only time will tell if my opinion was sound or not.

    Over to you Mr. Pinnick and the NFF big wigs.