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Olayinka To Lead Eagles Attack Vs Guinea-Bissau; Ejuke, Iwobi, Ajayi Also In

Olayinka To Lead Eagles Attack Vs Guinea-Bissau; Ejuke, Iwobi, Ajayi Also In

Slavia Prague forward Peter Olayinka will lead the Super Eagles attack in Wednesday’s Group D clash against Guinea-Bissau, Completesports.com reports.

Interim head coach Austine Eguavoen is set to ring the changes with a place in the second round already secured after wins against Egypt and Sudan.

Olayinka, who is yet to make an appearance for the Super Eagles at the 2021Africa Cup of in Cameroon will shoulder goal scoring responsibility against the Djurtus.

Omonia Nicosia goalkeeper Francis Uzoho will be the man behind the sticks, while Tyronne Ebuehi and Jamilu Collins will also make their first appearance in the competition.

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Vice-captain William Troost-Ekong will keep his place in central defence with West Brom’s Semi Ajayi expected to take the place of Kenneth Omeruo.

Talented midfielder Kelechi Nwakali will make his first start in the competition alongside Chidera Ejuke and Alex Iwobi.

Super Eagles Expected Line-Up Vs Guinea-Bissau





By Adeboye Amosu in Garoua

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  • Papafem 2 years ago

    A loss against Guinea Bissau could affect the morale of the team going into the knock out stage. While I welcome the idea of giving some fringe players an opportunity to play and see what they’ve got, we don’t need a wholesome change in the set up to encourage continuity and consistency. Besides, GB aren’t a bad side . Egypt was lucky against them. And I know they will come at us with venom, being their last chance to qualify. It may be our toughest match to date at this AFCON.

    Chukwueze hasn’t clicked into the scheme of things. Another player can be tested to see if he can come in for him in the next stage of the competition. Awoniyi can be rested too and perhaps Ola who is on a yellow card. As the match progresses, other untested players can be introduced.

    However, my joy is whichever team we are playing in the second round, irrespective of how we finished in the group, Nigeria has the wherewithal to achieve great results. Best of luck, guys.

    • Benson 2 years ago

      We have to be very careful over the lineup and subtitude that,the management of the super eagle contemplating on it should be a good won and not something that will make us loose points

    • The makeshift assume lineup is still by far better than most team in the tournament, ndidi shd give way for Onyeka in 2nd half and ekong exit for nda. Good enough lineup

    • The SE bench are regular players in their various clubs and I promise you, they will come out of tomorrow’s encounter unscathed.. They are winning and Nigerians will be confused on who features in the next round of matches.. Trust me..!

  • Prof. Tamuno Offiali 2 years ago

    Why Iheanacho and Ndidi?

    Alex Iwobi should play in front of a double pivot of NWAKALI and ONYEKA

    EJUKE on the left
    ONYEKURU on the right

    Others are okay


    ANY other 3

    • Unique 2 years ago

      And you called yourself a prof

      • Greenturf 2 years ago

        What’s wrong with the professors lineup and why should you attack his submissions??What has being a professor got to do with football analysis?I think we should learn to respect each other.
        I think in all honesty the professors lineup is spot-on.Iwobi like I submitted in one of my posts yesterday is better of in the number 10 position playing just in front of the two central midfielders or behind the pointman.
        He flourished playing that way under Rohr and I can’t see why he won’t do the same in this current team.The sudden believe that Iwobi is better of a winger lately is strange because I don’t see him as one.

        • agbaka chijioke 2 years ago

          God bless you @ Greenturf..People should learn how to respect other people’s opinions…Prof was spot on!!..@Unique, you should have shown respect and tolerance to Prof’s view..after all your view does not even matter. The coach has made his selections..let all learn the ethics of making comments on social media.

      • Lolll, you just beat me to that bro. Weak

      • Ike Igbokwe 2 years ago

        You attacked his person and not the issue under discourse and you need to apologize to him.

  • Benny Norris 2 years ago

    Fair list excepting that Aribo should have taken the place of Ndidi for more confidence. I don’t trust Nwakali at all but tomorrow isn’t far away. Let’s wait to see.

    • benakay 2 years ago

      Aribo is currently on a yellow card.
      If he picks up another one in the Guinea Bissau game, he will miss the round of 16.
      Makes perfect sense that he is rested, as all previous single yellows are wiped clean AFTER the round of 16 (with the exception of double yellows).

    • Cosmo 2 years ago

      Resting Aribo who is on Yellow is good but I should have loved Chukwueze to start as usual to know if can progress.His nature of play is that he progreses with the game increase.

  • Here are my initial observations about this proposed squad:

    – Ndidi and Nwakali showed good understand against Sudan. The Leicester man had freedom to foray forward with Nwakali holding the forth deeper in midfield. It will be fascinating to see how their interaction develops.

    – Tyrone Ebuehi will have to pull a rabbit out of his boot to knock Aina’s performances thus far into a cocked hat.

    – A flamboyant display from Collins might sent tongues wagging. Because, for all of Zaidu’s good works and attention-to-position, his crossing deliveries have let him down. Does Collins offer something refreshing?

    – I make no bones of being a fan of Uzoho. Okoye, who has been okay by and large, did display some unconvincing moments in recent matches. Will Uzoho, playing second fiddle in 2 Afcons in a row, make a case for starting berths going forward?

    – Semi Ajayi does conjure occasional moments of class with his movements and threats at set peices. His Achilles Heel is aerial ball. I trust Eguavoen to work with him on this. If that part of his game is nailed on the head, he might yet give a decent account of himself.

    – Ejuke was selfish in the match against Egypt. If he drops that mantle, he will be a major asset against Guinea Bissau and beyond.

    – A compelling and mature display for Iwobi against Guinea Bissau might make it difficult for him to be relegated to the bench in a crucial second round tie potentially against Algeria or Tunisia.

    – Olayinka making the starting line up means Sadiq Umar hasn’t been entirely impressive in the time afforded him thus far.

    – Coach Eguavoen went for his preferred 4-4-2 YouTube-illustrated formation against Sudan and it produced an emphatic 3:1 scoreline. However, it is a reckless approach that left us short in midfield when the formation morphed into 4-2-4. In modern football, hardly any coach uses 4-2-4 in game. It leaves corridor of opportunities for opponents in our midfield and leaves our defense vulnerable to incessant pressure. Even the Sudanese almost took advantage.

    This sort of arrangement will (in-game) see a front 4 of Iwobi-Iheanacho-Olayinka-Ejuke with the midfield duo of Nwakali-Ndidi and a back 4 of Ebuehi-Ekong-Ajayi-Colins.

    Whilst in truth we have the potential to score many goals with it,I am not too comfortable with this constellation against more formidable teams who will take command of the midfield to free up their deadly strikers.

  • Greenturf 2 years ago

    Good stuffs..I would like to see Frank Onyeka come in for Ndidi,Awaziem for Troost Ekong at some point.
    It would be interesting to see our fringe players square up against Guinea Bissau.I believe our second and first teams have equal strength,you never know the reserves might show better strength let’s wait and see how things unfolds tomorrow.
    Meanwhile,Olayinka should take his chances and I believe he would.Should that happens then Sadiq will fall down the pecking order furthermore.Sadiq has not shown in this tournament a player with huge expectations after a brilliant season in the Spanish second tiers,making some sections of fans to think we would have been better of with a Cyriel Dessers who has shown in the colours of Feyenoords in the erediverse.Well a strong case for the Belgian/Nigerian striker during post nations cup invitations.
    Olayinka a veteran of European competitions from the champions League to the Europa League and most recently the European conference league.
    A player that has been consistent with good forms season after season.Olayinka had excelled against teams like inter Milan and Barcelona and a host of other good teams you expect a player of that level to do well against Guinea Bissau but national team football can be different because a host of players have failed to match that standard but for Olayinka we hope that’s not the case for the pacy and tireless skinny winger who could also function as a striker.
    All eyes would be on Olayinka as we are lacking in numbers in the strikers department in this competition and a challenge for Awoniyi will help bring results as we go into the knockout stages.

  • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

    This is a very decent line up. Straight win plus lots of surprise performance in pocket.

  • capacity 2 years ago

    Please, what of Frank Onyeka and Henry Onyekuru. Why is the coach not using them or are they injured?

  • George 2 years ago

    Talented midfielder Kelechi Nwakali??? hmmmm. Wednesday is the same as tomorrow o. My fear is having the Guinea Bissau out ran us in the midfield. This might not go done well but the Nwakali I have seen in matches so far, plays a school kind of football, I would be glad he proves me wrong if he eventually makes teamB. The list still need to be worked on anyway.

    • Nwakali variegated as a defensive midfield on occasions against Sudan whilst Ndidi ventured further forward. it worked but his tackling and interception skills were not called into question. It will be interesting to see how he has improved in this area of his game against Guinea Bissau.

      I have always believed in Nwakali. I think the only thing that stands out as a sore thumb in his application is lack of intensity. Once he can add this to his game, he will go places. He was fluid, mobile and expansive against Sudan. In his first ever start for the main Super Eagles Squad, it will be interesting to see how he auditions himself.

      • George 2 years ago

        Wednesday is the as tomorrow o. I tell you he has been hiding behind others.

      • Monday 2 years ago

        @Deo: That guy Nwakali is scared to play hold up which is expected of a midfielder, see how Aribo does it. The moment Nwakali gets a pass he is in hurry to send the ball out irrespective whether the recipient is free. That’s not a good midfielder. Let’s watch him tomorrow.

        • benakay 2 years ago

          His passes are spot on and his vision and range are on point.
          He needs to play faster, as he tends to be a bit sluggish on the ball and walks around alot when off the ball.
          Correct these flaws, and he will be a really good midfielder.

          • Monday 2 years ago

            The clips don’t lie. Simply use the YouTube channel. Tomorrow is almost here.

      • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

        Nwakali is a brilliant player. That’s how best I can describe him. He has passing accuracy build up play and shot accuracy, Iheanacho and some of our players respect Nwakali alot. Last season he ended the season well we need to be patient and take not of various situations on field before you judge, if he scores now you will sing his name to high heaven and tell us history.

  • pompei 2 years ago

    Wish we had more cover for Ndidi.
    As it is, an injury to Ndidi will leave us in a precarious situation. I hope Nwakali or whoever is selected to play alongside him performs in such a way as to help reduce wear and tear on Ndidi.
    Olayinka is a great choice to lead the attack. He has pace, works hard, and is unselfish. Like Awoniyi, he’s a willing runner, and can make runs behind GB’s defense.
    Ejuke should be more productive vis a vis the team. He should bring his considerable talent to bear for the benefit of the team.
    The lineup looks ok.
    My “expo” for this game: GB is a good side. Their strength lies in going forward. They are enterprising in the attack, and can cause us problems.
    They have no choice but to come out, since they need a win to remain in the competition.
    We are in a comfortable position, so throwing caution to the wind is ill advised. Let’s sit back, allow them to come out, then hit them on the counter, exploiting the spaces they leave behind. This is where Ejuke can have a big impact.
    With focus, intensity and determination, we should be able to see GB off.
    Complacency however can see us lose the top spot in the group table.

    • Greenturf 2 years ago

      Nigeria can’t sit back against Guinea Bissau no way,I do not see that happening.
      We should start on the front foot,we are much better and should control proceedings.
      I trust Eguavoen’s judgement and won’t question it.Hopefully,he lines up a winning side notwithstanding it’s more or less insignificant for us.
      And on Ndidi’s deputy I think Frank Onyeka can do a good job he deputised for injured Ndidi during the 2nd round world cup playoffs and put in a good shift yes Frank can do a job in the defensive midfield.

      • pompei 2 years ago

        Your suggestion is tactically naive.
        We are on top of the group, we have all the advantage.
        A strategy that leaves us vulnerable at the back to counter attacks is naive and unnecessary. If we needed a win to qualify, it would be a different story.
        Sitting back is about waiting for your opponent to leave spaces in their defense that you can exploit. We can start on the front foot as you said, and risk getting hit on the counter, or we can allow them to come out of their shell, and then become vulnerable to our counter attacks. I would go with the second option.

      • pompei 2 years ago

        This is why we traditionally have problems with Ghana and other defensively astute teams. While we arrogantly want to start on the front foot and control the game, they just sit back, soak up our pressure and wait for spaces in our defense to open up.

        • A good tactical team indeed bt l would prefer Eguvoen to rest Ndidi due to fear of injury; Have Onyekuru, Ejuke and
          Chukwueze as our wingers with one (Chukwueze coming in at some point in d game. Aribo as a sub or completely rested like moses, Omerua,Zaidu,Awoniyi for d knockout. Iheancho and Awaziem also, would serve as subs.
          My lineup:
          Ebuehi, Ekong, Ajayi(Awaziem), Collins,

          Onyeka, Nwakali,Iwobi(Iheanacho),

          Oyekuru(Chukwueze), Olayinka(Sadiq), Ejuke.

          NB: Iheanacho, wen he comes in, would be there to support Olayinka whom am preferring to play as d No.9 tomorrow and onyekuru to change position to d left wen Chukwueze comes in nd especially wen Ejuke have not shown us that he has taken most of the coaches’ instructions considering d major errors in his game(failure to pass d ball and excessive dribbling).
          Goodluck to our dear SE!
          Goodluck my fellow 9jerians and our fans all over d world!

    • Ndubest 2 years ago

      We cant lose top spot the team that can get 6points is only Egypt and based on head to head we have already topped the table. I see us winning this one tomorrow 2-1 is my prediction.

      • pompei 2 years ago

        O yes, you’re right. I forgot about the head-to-head thing.
        Abi na tail to tail, Looool!

  • I understand what you saying that is why the defence and the middle field was not really changed.

    You don’t just switch all players with new ones and that is what he did. As you can see, it is only the striking department that was completely changed.

    It will be very interesting to see what the “Ejuke” will do on Wednesday.
    This game will be a great test for us to see whether he listens to his Coaches.

  • Hassan Tia 2 years ago

    I think Henery Onekuru is a creative winger than Ejuke; Ejuke is selfish player on match versus Sudan he should have to pass many balls to Iwobi or Ahmed Musa to score but he shot badly to Sudanese goal with a bad finishing;Onyekuru is a quick player with good dribbling;he go forward to the rival’s goal or pass quickly to his colleauge;also Eguavoen must put Awaziem instead of Semi Ajayi, because Ajayi is a heavy one and hasn’t a proper techniques like Awziem; also Eguavoen should put Ahmed Musa as a frist forward ; Iwobi and Onekuru should be a wingers.

  • pompei 2 years ago

    Another strategy GB may deploy is to replicate what CAR did to us in Lagos.
    CAR sat back and frustrated us until the last 10 mins, then started launching all-out attacks, one of which resulted in their goal.
    If we see that GB is sitting back, then we can obviously attack. However, we must not COMMIT TOO MANY MEN FORWARD. Ndidi and the back four should always be ready for any GB counter attacks.
    Of course, if we score first, out goes their strategy of sitting back, and they will come out full force looking for an equalizer, which will leave them exactly where we want them – vulnerable to our counter attacks.
    Conversely, if GB manage to score first, we must resist the temptation to press forward for an equalizer. If we do that, we play directly into their hands, and they will have a field day hitting us on the counter. We will need to remain patient, and wait for our chances, which will surely come.

    • benakay 2 years ago

      GB will get scorched if they adopt that strategy. Why?
      Because they NEED to win vs Nigeria to have any chance of progressing. They badly need 3 points or else they go home. A draw will not suffice for them to make the best 4 third place teams.

      The CAR strategy is not beneficial to them in this case. They have to go all out from the start, which means Nigeria can exploit the open spaces they will leave.

      This will be an open game, with both teams going for it.

  • It was that rubbish stadium that help C A R… not tactics…as good as the super eagles are bring them to that Lagos stadium and you will see rubbish football..a stadium where you cannot play long balls…our away games in the world cup qualifiers produced more result than our home games…

    • pompei 2 years ago

      The bad pitch definitely helped CAR. But we have to give them credit for the intelligent way they played us. They went about their business with intelligence, courage and self belief, and at the end of the match, walked away with the 3 points.

  • Mr Hush 2 years ago


    I have to humbly disagree with your suggestion.

    I think we should always play to our strength in as much as we respect the opposition. We should always cease the initiative and make the opposition adapt to our play. We should always dictate the tune of a game. Sitting back gives the opposition control.

    Sitting back against Guinea Bissua and waiting for counters could be counter productive ; what if the Bissuans are organised and compact ( as they have been in this tournament) and leave no space?! How does a counter work?!

    Yes. We have qualified but we still want to play. We want to sustain that positive momentum no matter the players we use. Guinea Bissua is a problem but they are beatable. We should respect them but not overly. My advice is to play to our strength like we have done in the last two matches, keep our shape , create chances and take them. We should be on the front foot. A point is good but 3points is better.

    • pompei 2 years ago

      I think we need to define what PLAYING ON THE FRONT FOOT MEANS.
      For me, that means going all out to attack, including committing defensive resources forward. Perhaps my understanding of front foot is different from yours.
      Of course, in a football game, we will set ourselves up to attack at every opportunity. That’s not front foot football to me. That’s the normal course of business. No team goes out on the pitch with zero attacking intent!
      However, the way you attack when you NEED to win a game is different from the way you attack when you’re in a comfortable position.
      When you need to win, or you need an equalizer, you have no choice. If you don’t attack, you’re out. We don’t need to win. They do. WE CAN USE THAT AGAINST THEM, and end up beating them convincingly without taking unnecessary risks.

      • Greenturf 2 years ago

        You are trying too hard to defend yourself shamefully after attacking my submission calling it “naive” there’s no need for that you disrespected me and someone just gave you a lesson on how to argue or to be objective politely.Its not too hard to say @Greenturf,I disagree with you and give your valid reasons that’s how civilised people go about things.

        Thanks @Mr Hush..I do respect you aside your knowledge of the game you have respect for others.

        • pompei 2 years ago

          Greenturf, I attacked your idea, not you.
          Big difference.

        • pompei 2 years ago

          You object to my supposed insult on your person, yet in the same breath, you say “I’m trying too hard to defend myself shamefully”, and imply that I’m uncivilized. Loooool!
          Please try to personally apply your lofty moral principles first.
          Telling me the right way to behave while not practicing what you preach makes you look like a hypocrite.
          Have a lovely day!

          • Greenturf 2 years ago

            You are still embarrassed and have realised you got it all wrong but your ego to humbly tender an apology is why you are still trying too hard after @Mr Hush intelligently put you in your place.
            Victimising me is another low from you.

            Learn to be humble.It doesn’t cost a penny.

        • pompei 2 years ago

          So your strategy now is to turn Mr. Hush against me, abi?
          Leave Mr. Hush out of this. If you have a problem with me, or I’ve offended you in any way, speak up.
          Stop hiding behind Mr. Hush like a cowardly hypocrite!

        • pompei 2 years ago

          Wow, the plot thickens.
          You disagreed with my comment, and then you GET OFFENDED because I disagree with yours? Loooooool!
          I have looked at my previous posts, and nowhere have I insulted you. So my disagreement with you is what you consider to be an insult? How proud and arrogant of you, Greenturd? Yes, your name needs to be changed from GREENTURF to GREENTURD. A green slimy piece of crap.
          It’s you that needs to learn humility. Learn it first before you demand it from others.

          • Watching or reading Pompei and Greenturf slug it out is like seeing Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior brawl: both of them good guys.

            Pompei: I see why Greenturf will take umbrage to your initial response to his contribution. I too thought it was rather ‘heavy handed’ which appears to have affected Greenturf in manner to which was unintended by you. Like Smoking Joe Frazier, Greenturf came out swinging without compunction.

            Dial it down guys.

            Pompei, don’t be too pompous and Greenturf don’t be overly garrulous. If you guys fail to rein yourselves in, I will write to the Management of Complete Sports Nigeria to issue you both with Red Card and banish you both from ever making contributions on any internet platform for a minimum of 10 years.

            Be warned.

          • Greenturf 2 years ago

            Haha you think calling me names will bring the worst in me to follow that path??You are definitely picking on the wrong man because I wasn’t raised to talk that way.
            Have a nice day.

  • Mirah 2 years ago

    Tomorrow’s match shouldn’t be taken with carelessness, it promises to be a huge test for the Super Eagles owing to the fact that GB aren’t a bad side, the match means so much to them and of course, they will be expecting us to rest our best legs. Eguavoen should be careful with the starting lineup and substitutions.

  • I would advise coach Egu (Cerezo), to rest Ndidi to avoid injury or red card. Play the Brentford DM tank, Frank Onyeka instead. I would also like to see Onyekuru on the flanks.

    Olayinka attacking option is sweet and I hope he scores a hat trick on Wed. Kudos!!!

  • Greenturf 2 years ago

    Nigeria as a big footballing nation cannot sit back and wait for a counter attack against Guinea Bissau even though we are playing with our reserves which are equally or almost as good as the first team.
    Our football pedigree is just too good for a side like Guinea Bissau to tactically sit back.
    Normally it should be them soaking pressure and waiting to go on the counter.
    However,our gaffer is knowledgeable enough to know how to approach teams like that just like we have played so far in this tournament,attacking and defending in numbers shouldn’t change even though the game is more or less inconsiquential for the super eagles.

  • Ololo 2 years ago

    Nigeria should play their normal, attack them but don’t commit too many men forward esp defender..

    Many of those players might not have another opportunity to showcase themselves.. this is a world cup year. A player like Sadiq for example might never get another chance to impress if he doesn’t utilize the games he is getting now.. we still have oshimem, okereke( Venezia) , Issac success, Denis, desser, Denis etc all waiting for their chance, these are top division players, he is a second decision player..
    Olayinka doesn’t need to be told what is at stake, even an ejuke if he likes he should continue to be selfish, there is a lookman , samuel kalu, waiting to take his position.

    I expect a win by the boys

    • JimmyBall 2 years ago

      @Ololo… I dont see Samuel Kalu coming back into the team before Qatar 2022. Lookman, Dennis and. even Ejaria are still on the outside and we know it’s only a question of time for them to be squad members… With the avalanche of players available now, I think it’s purely club form that will be the yardstick going forward.

      • Greenturf 2 years ago

        It seems hard for the young man at the moment@JimmyBall rightly so,but never say never Samuel Kalu is on the verge of moving to the premiership according to reports going round in the media.
        Should that happens and he’s able to work his way back to form like Emmanuel Dennis did then things could change for Kalu before the world cup in Qatar.

  • pompei 2 years ago

    I used to be a disciple of front-foot football. Go out on the pitch and attack, attack, attack. It made sense to me then. If you’re better than your opponent, keep attacking them until they succumb to your superiority.
    I experienced a paradigm shift in 2010, at the Afcon, after a star studded Nigeria was beaten by a Ghana side composed mainly of U-20 boys that had just won the U-20 world cup that year.
    On paper, Nigeria should have routed Ghana that day. We had so much quality, man for man, compared to them. We started the game on the front foot, and controlled the game from start to finish, attacking, attacking, attacking. Ghana sat back, soaking everything up. Then they had a corner kick, which they converted, and then they went back to defending till the end of the game.
    With better tactics, we could have allowed them to come out, and that would have given us more opportunities. It’s not an exact science. But there is enough precedence in football to support the theory that front-foot football without protecting defensive priorities usually leads to unexpected defeats.
    Anyhow, whatever tactics Eguavoen chooses tomorrow, let’s hope it works out well.

  • 1. If we have to sit back while playing GB then I question the quality of this team. But we have quality. This is Nigeria, we should play GB and win. We should.

    2. It’s very rare for us to lose first place. The permutation: if we lose with any margin and Egypt wins with lots of margins, GB will be on four points and Egypt will be on 6 points. But because head to head will be used and not Goal difference, we will be top of the group. Sudan also will be on four points even if they win.

    So we are destined to top this group.

    • pompei 2 years ago

      Algeria should have played EG and won.
      Argentina should have beaten Cameroon black and blue in 1990.
      A star studded Germany should have beaten Denmark in the 1992 European nations cup final.
      France should have destroyed Senegal in 2002.
      France should have beaten Greece in the 2004 European nations cup final.
      Spain should have beaten Nigeria at the 1998 world cup.
      Brazil and Argentina should have beaten Nigeria at the 1996 Olympics.
      All these big teams came out playing on the front foot, and ended up with shock defeats.
      We are Nigeria, a big football nation. But even Nigeria can lose, and will lose a football game if we throw caution to the wind unnecessarily.
      Underrating GB means we have not learnt any lesson from the results we have been witnessing so far at this Afcon.
      I would prefer that we do not lose to GB on Wednesday. So I feel we should strike a balance between attack and defense. By so doing, we maximize our chances of not only beating GB, but also winning the trophy.

  • Gentlemen on this platform, you see why being a coach in Nigeria is an uphill task? Just imagine the analysis of the few people on this platform alone, is enough to confuse any professor of football. Same divergent ideas on team formation and who to bring in as a substitute, brew in the mind of millions of Nigerians not on this platform. Just image Eguaveon paying attention to everybody`s opinion here alone, that will be insane. I know each and every one of us is saying something based on conviction and the little knowledge we have about football as a game, so let’s not insult one another, if somebody`s view differs from yours. We are all freelance coaches, so we go take am easy.

  • Greenturf 2 years ago

    Big teams playing on the front foot and still loss have happened only a few times,it’s just an upset.
    But most times playing on the front foot have won teams more games than not.That’s why big footballing nations have higher winning ratios because they have always played to their strength.When playing against minnows their strength do supersedes though upsets happen every now and again.
    I have never seen Brazil play on the counter unless probably against a side of equal strength neither has a side like Manchester city play on the counter despite losing a previous game against a lower ranked side.
    Argentina loss to Cameroon is just a one off,so also a Nigerian loss to CAR at home,so should they play on the counter in their next games against a minnow after experiencing a shock loss in their previous game?
    I don’t think so.
    Nigeria was on the front foot against CAR in the reverse game and they won.Argentina made it to the final of the 1990 world cup I don’t think they would have gone that far playing on the counter against teams of less pedigree.

    • Do you even know the meaning of front foot. I think your use of the word “intellectually naive”. You will never find seasoned Sportscasters like Pompei make such a blunder. A beg park well. We are here to talk about football, not 20-20 cricket.

      • Greenturf 2 years ago

        Wow didn’t see that coming.

        I do not want to go further on this discussion.I will just pretend I didn’t read this post @deo

  • I’m telling you brother…just looking at the “amateur” analysis so far on this thread, you’d agree that Nigerians are generally technically-gifted.

    Thumbs up to you guys @Pompei, @greenturf. No need to be at each other’s throats for this. I know we all love football, but let’s be civil with each other and try to turn a blind eye to slurs. It won’t hurt.

  • Golden Child 2 years ago

    One Love & Respect Peeps!

  • ABDULRAZAK 2 years ago

    Football, like war is about strategy. Why should we go on an all out attack against Guinea Bissau? They need to win. So, let them come get the win. The average temperature in Garoua is 30 degrees Celsius. Why waste energy when we can let the opposition do all that for us? I expect Cerezo to use his head in deployment of personal and application of technical and tactical approach tomorrow.

  • Nice lineup. Ndidi, iheanacho and ekong are more or less the spine of this team so they keep their spot.
    The OTHER players are being given an opportunity to stake a claim to a regular shirt but each of them have alot to do if they are going to upstage their counterparts.
    I feel this lineup of players can do the job against gb. I just hoped sadiq would start in this game but I still see him getting some game time in the match since awoniyi is the team’s number striker and the coach wont want to risk him in an inconsequential game.
    Ejuke has a point to prove in this and so do the other players so I expect them to all put in their best to win the game.
    I want to see how ebuehi copes with African football.
    Looking forward to seeing them in action tomorrow.

  • pompei 2 years ago

    Hahahaha, Deo, all correct sir.
    I have heard you. Forgive my late response. I’ve been quite busy today.
    I no get problem with the dude. Na jejely I post my post, wey the guy come attack my suggestion. I returned the salvo, not against him, but against his idea, the guy come vex. His ego couldn’t take it that I found his idea naive.
    He may consider himself a “BIG MAN”, but if he wants his ego massaged, he’s going about it the wrong way.
    Instead of attempting to bully and railroad me, he should ask nicely. Then, I may accord him the ego massage he so desperately craves!
    By the way, today’s results seem to be vindicating me. Disciples of front-foot football, how market?
    Unu see wetin dey shele for area?
    The so called small teams are punching above their weight, giving the big teams a torrid time. The minnows are rising.
    For those who are stuck on “Nigeria is a big team”, hope your TV was working today as Gabon stood toe to toe with Morocco, Malawi did not give an inch to Sadio Mane and Senegal, and Comoros dumped out Ghana from the competition.
    If Nigeria likes, let us go out tomorrow against GB believing that because we are so “big”, we can throw caution to the winds.
    Respect all opponents. Fear none. Strike a balance between attack and defense. That, and not front-foot football, is what will maximize our chances of getting the trophy.

  • Bro, we are in a tournament; those flaws will make him sit on the bench as we can’t afford to depend on the corrections of his flaws when we have Aribo and Onyeka who pligh their trade in a bigger club side and in a better competition..

    We are here to win the CAP nation cup o.. Na wa you o..!

  • Collins Id 2 years ago

    @sportfan, u are on point when you identify ekong ndidi and iheanacho as the back bone of this team, that is why they have to keep their starting positions, if not the team will go out of shape. i think this is The best selection eguadiola can offer us against guinea, the professor surgesstion of 433 bringing iwobi to play in front of The two central midfieders is very correct idea aswell. But eguadiola plan to go further with 442 as far as it has been working for The team, changing The formation against guinea, may affect The previouse riddim of the team play if 442 is what he plans to use in round 16, in this 442 formation there are players eguadiola will definately want to see more, these are iwobi olayinka and uzoho, as the team progresses to round 16, he want to observe iwobi in that right wing bcos chuks have been totally wasteful in that department reasons are he doesnt blend with iheanacho and aribo probaly toomuch left foot and he doesnt dribbles to his right foot to try a pull out with his right, like Simon is doing in the opposite end! Cerezo cannot go further with such incapabilities, its like chuks plays better against teams that comes all out, and most teams against The eagles will sit back, iwobi in that wing will bring more patient understanding hołd up play and also Good Square play, if iwobi do better today, i think chuks will be starting from The bench in nest games. Olayinka can displace awoniyi if he appears more skillfull and clinical in front of goals, awoniyi uses is body well and strenght is his weapon, he is not very skillfull and clinical infront of goal, but if olayinka who can be rugged as aghahuwa of the early 2000, display skills, speed and goals, awoniyi will have him to contend with in The nest games. Uzoho can still displace maduka if cerezo is still thesame no nonesense coach he is known for, it is quite clear that maduka is yet to understand The Full role and confident of a number one Man. Ejuke nwakali ajayi and the right and left back are already know to be Good boys they will just enjoy their games and be prepared to replace their coleagues in cases of injuries and fatiq. The Cup is coming to abuja, osihmen and dennis will miss their first afcon gold eyaaaa e de pain ooh.

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