By Johnny Edward:
Former Super Eagles striker, Rapheal Ndukwe Chukwu has slammed the Super Eagles players for being too cautious in Monday’s international friendly game against DR Congo which ended 1-1 at Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium Port Harcourt, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Bursaspor defender William Troost-Ekong scored his first international goal for Nigeria in the 14th minute in his 19th appearance for the three time African Champions.
Cedric Ngulubi converted a spot-kick to peg Nigeria back in the 78th minute after Ola Aina was adjudged to have fouled Issama Mpeko in the penalty area.
Ndukwe Chukwu, a member of Super Eagles silver-winning squad at the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations cohosted by Nigeria and Ghana, also blamed the midfielders paraded in the game for their poor positioning which didn’t help the team’s build-up play.
“I hope that whatever happens today ends here because they didn’t give their best. They were too careful,” the former Bari of Italy striker said during his post-match analysis on SuperSport.
“They were playing to avoid injuries just because the World Cup is close.
“A lot of 50-50 balls during the encounter which they didn’t go for and that took the shine off the game. Personally, for me it was a poor game.
“The midfielders were hiding from their positions which didn’t allow their defenders play comfortably with them.
“We didn’t play well because we didn’t have good midfielders who can play with the ball.”
He however praised Crotone striker Simeon Nwankwo who was impressive bringing a different option to the Super Eagles’ attack.
“It was his first game and I think he did well. A different striker from Odion who has led the lines well,” Ndukwe remarked.
Ndukwe hopes to see the captain of the team, John Mikel Obi, return to the team in the international friendly match against England at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
“Obviously, Mikel should return to the midfield against England, he will stabilize the team well and make them play with more confidence.”