Olympic Eagles Draw With South Africa, Out of U-23 AFCON, 2020 Olympics

Olympic Eagles Draw With South Africa, Out of U-23 AFCON, 2020 Olympics

Cup holders, the Olympic Eagles of Nigeria, were knocked out of the 2019 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations following a 0-0 draw with South Africa at the Al Salam Stadium, Cairo on Friday night, reports Completesports.com.

The Olympic Eagles finished in third position in Group B with four points from three matches. The team failure at the 2019 AFCON also means they won’t feature at the men’s football event of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Cote d’l voire who defeated Zambia 1-0 in the other Group B game top the standings with six points, while South Africa finished second with five points.

Nigeria started the game brightly and carved out the first real chance in the 15th minute with Darren Johnson producing a fine save to deny Ndifreke Effiong.

Seven minutes later Ibrahim Sunusi missed another opportunity from close range.

South Africa’s first chance of the game came in the in the 32nd minute through Thabiso Monyane but his well struck free kick was saved by Adamu Abubakar.

Valentine Ozorwanfor received the first yellow card of the game 10 minutes before the break for a late challenge on Lyle Forster.

The Olympic Eagles survived a big scare in the 42nd minute when Teboho Mokoena’s shot from outside the box hit the woodwork.

Imama Amapakabo’s piled pressure on their opponents after the break who maintained their discipline at the back.

Bright Enobakhare took the place of Orji Okonkwo on the hour mark as Nigeria look to add more firepower to their attack.

Sunday Faleye and Tom Dele-Bashiru later came in for Sunusi and Effiong respectively.

Faleye missed the chance to score the winning goal for Nigeria on the stroke of 90 minutes when he directed his header wide from inside the box.

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COMMENTS

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  • Gideon_S 3 weeks ago

    Yet! I didn’t sew any SE material in this team..

    I feel next year boring,
    football is only fun I have about Nigeria,
    Just wish Ghana won’t make it to Olympic, cos my Ghanian friends won’t let me hear word..here in Accra, my base.. no be there fault shaa..

    if Nigeria miss out on any competition, it pain’s me much, don’t know why I still keeping faith on them…

    Thunder way go fire any plan to sack coach rh, still dey do warm-up.

    SE is all I have

     
    • Nkemjikapj 3 weeks ago

      I see the goalkeeper Adamu Abubakar as a prospect especially giving the fact that we aren’t exactly loaded in that department

       
  • Gideon_S 3 weeks ago

    See*

     
  • KINGOLOLOLO 3 weeks ago

    Nigeria too quick to kill their own.he has tried these is his first time with a team like these and no real time to train with his team.after all rohr didn’t qualify Niaja for d round of sixteeen at the world cup, even if he had the chance to hold the Argentines with just a draw.we didn’t kill him nor sack him.I really think these coaches should do researches on their tactics..foreign coach is not a solution.after all siasia who lifted these trophy is our local coach..the number of years rohr has been with the eagles and how he has enjoyed good services, if our locals enjoy same,they will do better than rohr,afterall keshi who carried d nation cup is of 9ja,shaibu amodu qualified us for two world cups,yet didn’t coach any,even the foriegn expert brought in to do the job,still didn’t qualify us.yet we even begged him to stay..let Nigeria handle Nigeria.pay them well,give our local chances to do refreshment courses and let them bring psycologist into our team..even me can coach better than rohr..just waiting for the right time.God bless nigeria

     
    • Those in favour say i:iiii
      Those against say Nah:naaaaaaaahhhh!!!!!

      The nahs’ have it`

      The Only thing that would work in this corrupt gathering of people called Naija is to bring a person that doesn’t understand the ‘Term’ Business as usual or na we we.

      In fact Nigeria needs a Foreigner as President, Nonsense!!!

       
  • ROHAR 3 weeks ago

    USELESS COACH YOU LOST TO WAFU / YOU ALSO LOST TO CHAN / YOU ALSO LOST TO TOKYO 2020 BAD LUCK COACH TO NIGERIA

    THIS IS THE WORST COACH NIGERIA EVER HAVE

     
  • Imama is not a coach . after Manny opportunities can not prove for one . complete failure

     
  • @Gideon_S…I feel your pain bro, same way you to will not have let your Ghanian friends hear word to say we qualify lol. Some of the players might still made it to SE tho, you never can tell as tomorrow self get belle.
    Am waiting for all the tribal blinded people on this platform to come and tell me what happen with this team crowded with their so call western ballers yet failed same way the U17 failed. Mumu naija people always fighting the wrong cause.

     
  • Saint P. 3 weeks ago

    the way the coach celebrated a goal against ZAMBIA shows nothing like confidence about him at all, he doesn’t look like someone who can handle a national team, what criteria they use in selecting those coaches only God knows.

     
    • Nkemjikapj 3 weeks ago

      Many of those zambian players are in the senior national team

       
    • Uchenna 3 weeks ago

      Bless you bro
      The way he celebrated that last goal against Zambia still makes me laugh

       
  • Sunny 3 weeks ago

    Imama is definitely not good enough. He failed not once. Not twice but thrice.
    NFF should know that only coaches that are tested and found reliable alone are to be saddled with the responsibility of handling our national teams.
    Many Garba just brought shame to the nation recently and now Imama.
    It’s high time Nigerians held the NFF responsible for this mess and show of mediocrity.
    Coaches who once played for the national team, should be given the chance to manage our national teams.
    Enough of this disgrace. Those who would have the chance of being drafted from the under 17 to a higher level were sacrificed on the alter of corruption. By the way, what is the NFF doing about the allegations levelled against the national under 17 team handlers?

     
    • Nkemjikapj 3 weeks ago

      Agreed but I don’t think He is the one to teach Austrian-based Sunday Faleye how to score a free header.He scores and we win the match.

       
  • abdulrahman 3 weeks ago

    what’s happening to Nigeria football

     
  • Simon 3 weeks ago

    The Nff should scout local coaches for Nigeria football since the deaths of Amadu shaibu and Steven Keshi Nigeria has found it difficult with local coaches to handle the the national teams and theirs been a decline in all Nigeria aspects of Nigeria football , NFF should try to give rooms out to ex players to come back home from abroad and coach, Samson Siasia is their let him handle the under 20 ,Emmanuel Emenike is their let him handle the under 17 , finidi George is let him handle the under 23 , the female super Falcons should be handled by female and the falconets, Nigeria football is going down under the present NFF chairman and boards something should be done quickly.

     
  • Destano 3 weeks ago

    This madman called imama his among the worstest coach Nigeria has ever had.three competitions WAFU CUP,CHAN and U23 AFCON in which Nigeria were finalists in all he couldn’t even qualify them for any. SHAi!!! Godforbid

     
  • Pompei 3 weeks ago

    Nigerian football, how market? U-20 world cup, GBOSA. Sambisa Eleven messed up. U-17 world cup, FOR WHERE? Nothing doing. Super Falcons, after an underwhelming performance at the world cup, were promptly eliminated from 2020 Olympics. Now, the men have been bundled out of the 2020 Olympics. Maybe they thought the ladies will be lonely, so they decided to join them! Hinhinhinhinhin! I laugh like Eleyinmi of Village Headmaster. Followed by a deep, sad sigh.
    Looks like 2020 is gonna be an extremely boring, uneventful year for Nigerian football. The only good thing about Nigerian football currently is GERNOT ROHR and the Super Eagles.

     
    • JimmyBall 3 weeks ago

      …Gernot Rohr is also a lazy coach, the Olympic team got this far because some of the super eagles boys dropped to helped them… the team that went to Egypt does not have quality players… instead of taking a full load of Super Eagles stars to play lowly Lesotho and Benin… We should have released Samuel Kalu… Chukwueze… Osimhen… Awaziem… and Dennis Bonaventure to the Olympic team… they should have flown straight from their bases to Egypt… good players like Junior Ajayi… of Al-Ahly of Egypt… and Peter Olayinka of Slavia Prague should have been added to Super Eagles in their place… Rohr is lazy and only sits in France and come into Nigeria same week as a match to coach assemblying all stars for fear of failure… She should also have invited Ejike of Heerenveen and added to Olympic Eagles of Super Eagles… being international football week we would have gotten these players released and some.deployed to play to qualify the Olympic team… atleast she’s would have played against CIV… Zambia and SA… and help qualify the team for olympic….if we could not even qualify for finals… We would have.gotten the last slot in third position… Rohr greadily gathered everyone going to Lesotho to do what… We would have gone to Lesotho even with only 18players and still be ok. Meanwhile… Shame on pinick and the whole….NFF admin.

       
      • Omo9ja 3 weeks ago

        Well spoken @JimmyBall. You know football. This is what I just said. We should blame NFF president for this.

        Coach Rohr have tried. The man can not go beyond this level.

        We are in digital age. We need a young vibrant Nigerian coach.

        Amaju is just playing politics with our football. Nigerians should please wake up. God bless Nigeria!!!

         
      • Pompei 3 weeks ago

        If the results we have been achieving are attributable to laziness, then by all means let GERNOT ROHR continue to be lazy. While I agree that our squad to the U23 Afcon should have been stronger, I think Rohr did the right thing by using our best players to play Benin. The Afcon is more valuable to us than the Olympics. So Rohr’s choice to use his best for the Benin game is logical, sound decision making. Additionally, you seem to have forgotten that this same Benin you call LOWLY eliminated Morocco from the last Afcon. If Rohr had used a weaker team and we drew or lost the game, it is you people that will still come out to skin him alive. Now he has done what is necessary to bag the 3 points at stake, given the tight schedule and lack of time for training, still you complain and call him lazy. You mentioned players you feel should be invited. I have also been watching Ejike, and I am really impressed with him. But Rohr can’t invite everybody at the same time! I’m sure Rohr will call him up for a friendly sooner or later. Having watched good highlights of the game against Benin, many Nigerians including myself are highly encouraged by the way the SE played. With better finishing, we could have scored a lot more goals. Rohr is doing a good job. Leave him be to continue. If he leaves voluntarily or otherwise, then we need to replace him with a quality coach. A YOUNG VIBRANT COACH – hmmm, is that the new qualification required of our national team coach? What the heck does that even mean – YOUNG AND VIBRANT? If Mr. YOUNG AND VIBRANT comes along and loses a game, the same people that agitated for him will be the ones to tear him to pieces. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

         
      • Dr. Drey 3 weeks ago

        It seems hurling insults at G.Rohr makes some people forget about their lifelong frustrations. LMAO.

        Now Rohr is to blame for U23 AFCON exit.

        Oga…stop being lazy too and read wide to get enough information

        Do you think the management of the U23s didnt try to get the best legs possible for the u23 AFCON…? They did.

        But most clubs refused to release them because in this age and century, CAF still cannot incorporate its competitions into FIFA’s calender. The likes of Chidera Ejuke, Stephen Odey, Kalu, Maja et al were considered but clubs bluntly refused to release them since the competition wasnt in FIFA’s menu of competitions for the year.

        And you cant blame them, because if anything happens to the players during such competitions, they wouldnt get compensated by FIFA (the way FIFA is assisting with Francis Uzoho at the moment) and would be left to shoulder the burden alone. That is the reason why the likes of Okechukwu and Awoniyi arrived after the 1st round of matches had be played and would probably not be able to feature in the semis if we had qualified.

        If clubs like Genk and Henreveen can be doing shakara with their players, is it the likes of Lille, Villarreal, Bordeaux, Torino etc that will willingly release their own key players…???

        Most 1st team players in their European clubs would never be released by these clubs and that is why even the so-called foreign based players in the team were mostly bench warmers on 2nd div players whom the clubs wouldnt miss even if they were away for months. Below are stats of some of our U23 players in their various leagues for their clubs this season.

        Bright Enobhakare – 2 games (48 mins) No goals.
        Taiwo Awoniyi – 4 games (87 mins) No goals.
        Sunday Faleye – 9 games (273 mins) 1 goal.
        Ibrahim Sunusi – 2 games (154 mins) no goals
        Muyiwa Olabiran – 8 games (273 mins) 1 goal
        Kelechi Nwakali – No games
        Sincere Seth – 5 games (450 mins)
        Valentine Ozonwafor – 1 game (25 mins)

        Even G.Rohr lamented the fact our best U23 players wouldnt be in Egypt….so why should he not have called them up to the SE if they wouldnt be able to play at the U23 AFCON….???

        Okay…becuase it was “ORDINARY BENIN” he should have just called up new players who have never played together before (like we did against SA in our 1st 2019 AFCON qualifier) and lose again right.

        A Benin team that defeated CIV in October and could not be defeated by Ghana, Cameroon and Morocco at the last AFCON and Almighty Senegal had to rely on the brilliance of their top stars like Mane and Gueye to see off these guys with 2 late 2nd half goals in the Q/finals…and they almost gave us a shock of our lives in Uyo even with our best players lined up. Its like some people have still not learnt anything from what “COMMON TOGO” did to us in the CHAN qualifiers

        Hurling insults at G.Rohr is fast becoming a multi million dollar business now…Lolz. Someone even said he’s to blame for the state of our league too.

        Nothing wey man nor go read for CSN.

         
      • Dr. Drey 3 weeks ago

        It seems hurling insults at G.Rohr makes some people forget about their lifelong frustrations. LMAO.

        Now Rohr is to blame for U23 AFCON exit.

        Oga…stop being lazy too and read wide to get enough information

        Do you think the management of the U23s didnt try to get the best legs possible for the u23 AFCON…?

        wwwDOTowngoalnigeriaDOTcom/2019/10/25/genk-make-u-turn-on-releasing-odey-for-u23-afcon-after-ucl-goal-against-liverpool/

        wwwDOTscorenigeriaDOTcomDOTng/awoniyi-odey-unsure-they-will-feature-in-u23-afcon/

        wwwDOTscorenigeriaDOTcomDOTng/heerenveen-refuse-to-release-red-hot-chidera-ejuke-for-u23-afcon/

        But most clubs refused to release them because in this age and century, CAF still cannot incorporate its competitions into FIFA’s calender. The likes of Chidera Ejuke, Stephen Odey, Kalu, Maja et al were considered but clubs bluntly refused to release them since the competition wasnt in FIFA’s menu of competitions for the year.

        And you cant blame them, because if anything happens to the players during such competitions, they wouldnt get compensated by FIFA (the way FIFA is assisting with Francis Uzoho at the moment) and would be left to shoulder the burden alone. That is the reason why the likes of Okechukwu and Awoniyi arrived after the 1st round of matches had be played and would probably not be able to feature in the semis if we had qualified.

        If clubs like Genk and Henreveen can be doing shakara with their players, is it the likes of Lille, Villarreal, Bordeaux, Torino etc that will willingly release their own key players…???

        Most 1st team players in their European clubs would never be released by these clubs and that is why even the so-called foreign based players in the team were mostly bench warmers on 2nd div players whom the clubs wouldnt miss even if they were away for months. Below are stats of some of our U23 players in their various leagues for their clubs this season.

        Bright Enobhakare – 2 games (48 mins) No goals.
        Taiwo Awoniyi – 4 games (87 mins) No goals.
        Sunday Faleye – 9 games (273 mins) 1 goal.
        Ibrahim Sunusi – 2 games (154 mins) no goals
        Muyiwa Olabiran – 8 games (273 mins) 1 goal
        Kelechi Nwakali – No games
        Sincere Seth – 5 games (450 mins)
        Valentine Ozonwafor – 1 game (25 mins)

        Even G.Rohr lamented the fact our best U23 players wouldnt be in Egypt….so why should he not have called them up to the SE if they wouldnt be able to play at the U23 AFCON….???

        Okay…because it was “ORDINARY BENIN” he should have just called up new players who have never played together before (like we did against SA in our 1st 2019 AFCON qualifier) and lose again right.

        A Benin team that defeated CIV in October and could not be defeated by Ghana, Cameroon and Morocco at the last AFCON and Almighty Senegal had to rely on the brilliance of their top stars like Mane and Gueye to see off these guys with 2 late 2nd half goals in the Q/finals…and they almost gave us a shock of our lives in Uyo even with our best players lined up. Its like some people have still not learnt anything from what “COMMON TOGO” did to us in the CHAN qualifiers.

        Hurling insults at G.Rohr is fast becoming a multi million dollar business now…Lolz. Someone even said he’s to blame for the state of our league too.
        Nothing wey man nor go read for CSN.

         
  • Omo9ja 3 weeks ago

    Congratulations to our NFF. They have done well.

    From Super Eagles to Super Falcons.
    From Super Falcons to Home based Super Eagles. From that to Golden Eaglets.
    Now Olympic Eagles, Dream team.

    Thank you Amaju and his group. We thank you oooo.

    I have said so many things about this current NFF a long time ago but Amaju have brainwashed most of us Nigerians with Oyinbo coach.

    If we all recalled, before Russia world cup, all our national team were doing badly and he Amaju was to meet with the former coach of Arsenal coach Asewenger. The man provided him coach Rohr.

    He gambled coach Rohr and thankfully, it works, we qualified to the Afcon and world cup and Nigerians started forgetting about other nation teams such as under23, under20 and under17 including our female teams.

    I saw this coming long time ago but Nigerians have been calling me names.

    No1. Internet coach
    No2. You talk too much omo9ja
    No3. Clown
    No3. And so on.

    Starting from the Super Eagles, this our Super Eagles has no pattern. The coach in charge of the team is just playing around the team.

    Super Eagles played 2-1 against Benin without good displayed, no pattern. Just kick and follow football.

    However, Super Falcons also failed to impressed because of the NFF. They sacked Dennerby for no reasons.

    This NFF selected players for Manu Garba under17 team coach. The coach and NFF dusted our Country name.

    Now, most of us here putting the blame on Imama. Whose fault? NFF OR IMAMA?

    when they appointed Imama and I asked why Imama? But people were kicking against me.

    Imama has failed in three competitions and still NFF sticks with him like they have been doing with coach Rohr that has nothing to offer Nigeria anymore.

    In my own opinion, this current NFF should be sacked.

    We have to start from the scratch.

    The best coach we have now to handle super Super is Amunike. It may sound somehow but if we refused to give that position to Amunike before next world cup and Afcon, it will be too late then.

    The new NFF should call Amunike on board and they should let Amunike known that he has two options.

    Option one, he can bring his assistant coach of his choice.

    Option two, Jo Bonfrere can help. Jo can be Amunike’s assistant coach.

    Peter Rufai will replace Aloy Agu

    Same thing applies to all our national teams too.

    NFF should Sack Imama and bring in Jo to support Amunike because the team Oga Rohr has been building over the three years is nothing to right home about.

    Finidi George as a new under17 coach.

    Eguhavon new Fly Eagles coach.

    We have to make the move if we don’t wanted this scenario to be continued.

    This is what Amaju brought us to. Like Amaju, like Buhari a.k.a next level.

    Nigerians should stop hailing our oppressors. Nothing is working in the Country at the moment. So sad. Only God can help us. I hope people will put sentiments aside and face the truth now.

    We have excellent players and goalkeepers out there but this bad people refused to send invitation letters to them. No wonder they are still calling Akpeyi to camp.

    What a Country. Hmm… Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

     
    • Omo9ja 3 weeks ago

      Sorry for my mistakes. God bless Nigeria!!!

       
      • JimmyBall 3 weeks ago

        Omo9ja well-done… Some of us played football and it takes two touches of the ball and atmost only fifteen minutes to know a good player… You can’t give what you don’t have… Where is Lukman Zakari who played central defence for 2015 eaglets… He should have been called to play the U-23 tournament… I hear he is doing well in Latvia that even Athletico Madrid have been pressing to get him… What about Bernard Bulbwa in nearby Morocco… Chidera Ezeh… Musa Yahaya… If Awoniyi could still be withing age limit to play U-23 I believe the above mentioned players even with Musa Mohammed are still eligible… We have great young Nigerian players that should have been invited for good impact… NFF is a canal… they only invite players lining their pockets with money… We needed to have qualified and played Olympics to continue to mold our team towards Qatar 2022 WC… Shame on NFF…

         
        • JimmyBall 3 weeks ago

          NFF is a Canal… I meant to say. Amaju pinick is a sly fraud with that ugly mouth he has… I can’t even understand why they had to invite old-fumbling-man Akpeyi still… Bunch of crooks! However, Adamu Abubakar the U-23 goalkeeper is good… and should replace Akpeyi in Super Eagles… henceforth!

           
        • Dr. Drey 3 weeks ago

          Oga calm down.

          First and foremost, the tournament is for players born after 31 December 1996…some of the players you mentioned above where born before then and wouldn’t have been eligible.

          Another case is the readiness of clubs to release them. Unless they are not valuable to their teams, clubs will not released them because the tournament inst in the Fifa calendar, even though somehow it coincides with a FIFA International week. Clubs are wary of being the ones to shoulder extra bills of players representing their countries in matches that are not sanctioned by FIFA.

          Lukman Zakari who is currently in Real Betis B team and hasnt played any league games this season may have not been called up, just they way other hundreds of young players playing in Europe cant all get called up…but the duo of Valentine Ozonwafor and Anthony Izuchukwu werent in anyway inferior, rather, along with the goal keeper Abubakar, they were the only bright spots in this team with the hope of making a step up to the SE in the near future.

           
    • Dr. Drey 3 weeks ago

      Hehehehehe…..Oga, this was you some few days ago…

      “Omo9ja 3 days ago
      Good luck to Super Eagles. I can’t waste my time on Mr. Rohr’s team…..We shouldn’t be carried away that we are playing Benin because they might be tactically sound then us.”

      All of a sudden….after the SE had once again rubbed your face in shit….you now come up with…

      “this our Super Eagles has no pattern. The coach in charge of the team is just playing around the team.Super Eagles played 2-1 against Benin without good displayed, no pattern. Just kick and follow football……”

      The same Benin you claimed were tactically better than us was defeated, just the same way your Libya (and Amrouche) and SA (and Baxter) were tactically better than us.

      How come we always manage to defeat any team Omo9ja says is tactically better than us, and how come their tactically better coaches have long been jobless while Rohr is preparing to be offered another 2 year contract…..LMAO

      I’m sure you didnt even watch the SE match against Benin and you probably havent seen any good highlights on youtube as you always do.

      Your hatred for ROhr has so much twisted your brains that quality football now seem horrible in your sight. Even Segun Odegbami who is a stauch critic of Rohr praised the performance of the SE in the match against Benin….. Sweet, free flowing, attacking and entertaining football. Only poor finishing and outstanding goalkeeping by the France-born Turkish based keeper of Benin, kept the scoreline at just 2 goals. Even the crowd of supporters at the stadium were thrilled and cheered every move of the team.

      I will post the highlight for you to watch now so you can tell us which part of their play was “no good display, kick and follow”

      Your hatred has blinded you from seeing that we now have an interesting pattern of play with quick one-touch,two-touches football, fast wingers and neat interchange of passes on the edge of the opponents penalty area to open up their defense….go and rewatch our games against SA, Ukraine, Brazil and Benin to see how we created openings and scored goals in all those games…….why am i wasting my time explain these things to you sef…….i’ve forgotten that even when your eyes are opened, hatred has made them blind, neither can your brain function well anymore because it is already beclouded by hatred.

      Amunike should be SE coach and Bon frere Jo should be his assistant…..Eguavoen should be U20 coach after coaching U17 (2003), U23 (2011), SE (2006)…..kuku go and wake late Keshi and Amodu up to coach U15 and U13 too na….! You forgot to add that Taribo West and Ifeanyi Udeze be given U23 to handle too……!

      If you say education is expensive, try Ignorance….that is the case of this fellow called Omo9ja

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCGeQ-PwLZE

       
    • Abdul 3 weeks ago

      Bro, i rarely comments on this platform but i’ve read quite number of pieces you have written. I would like to put one or two things across to you. First, many of your points lack simple logic that it would be very difficult for people to take you serious if you don’t think things through before you put them up for thousands of people to read. For instance, it is completely illogical to think Jo bonfre should be called to be an assistant to Amunike (Someone with little or no experience managing a crop of players like super eagles). Where was Jo bonfre’s last job? when and was his achievement?…..At least you can ask yourself these questions?

      Furthermore, if you are able to look at things as a whole and not just at a result of one match, it would be easy even for a nuisance to understand that the current coach have done pretty well than many of our coaches in the last 10 years. Not just about his ideologies, but also his figure that attracts decent players and his excellent relationship with his boys. We haven’t had the latter in the last couple of years. You futher spoke about dennerby….c’mon!….the news is everywhere that this guy was not sacked….he called it a time by himself…..and i watched him said he was not owed, while he sais some good stuffs about the organisation. However, you do come up with nice stuffs but the way you articulate your points shows they lack some elements of basic thoughts. For instance, i also don’t understand why Imama still has his job after these poor records, of course, NFF knowws nobody deserves these jobs if not that they are qualified by set merits. I would question that too.

      Also, i feel we were knocked out from the ongoing U17 because we lack the technical abilities and not because the boys were bad. They had the same problem from the first game till the last game where they were punished. Though, Manu Garba has done it before in the past but this last one was definitely not good enough, and i feel NFF should come up with something better. It’s a shame we would as a result be having a football-barren season next year due to their incompetence. Nigeria football is not just super eagles, some of us (if not all) love to see all our grades doing pretty well.

      Finally, please Omo9ja don’t see this piece as a derogatory piece to put you down, but just a surge that will knit-up the holes in the expression of your passion for nigerian football. Thank you and God bless Nigeria.

       
    • i we never agree with you bros,no indigenous coach is tactically sound and good to handle the super eagle. they are all bunch of corrupt humans,ok look at gernot rohr and you can’t compare him with any local coach because he doesn’t accept bribe

       
    • i we never agree with you bros,no indigenous coach is tactically sound and good to handle the super eagle. they are all bunch of corrupt humans,ok look at gernot rohr and you can’t compare him with any local coach because he doesn’t accept bribe

       
  • @Nkemjikapj, you are one of those people that still making Akpeyi to still be in Nigeria goal post despite his terrible skill on post. Adamu that can’t hold ball. Only what he could do was to push out balls even the balls with low momentum.

     
  • Mr Hush 3 weeks ago

    Simply put.
    The ball falls at Pinnick desk.

    Pinnick started well as FA president but along the way;he lost the ball. He had good initiative from where he met Nigerian football and where he wants to take us to. He did start well and the results were seen from the pitch to sponsorship deals.it was all good. Then Pinnick lost the plot.
    Like most Nigerians when given power, we get blinded by our ego. His judgement on coaches selection and other deals were not justified by merit rather than on “man know man” and what he/they would gain,rather than what suits Nigerian football. From moving national teams matches to low standard stadia,just for personal glory and gain to bad appointments of coaches; lack of plan and ambition on our football game, total disregard for both the male and Female Nigerian league. Pinnick second tenure has been a disaster. And the results proves it .

    And what would a good man do when he has had such bad tenure? two things .
    Firstly. Pinnick apologises by getting straight into action and fixing this quagmire he got us into.and we start seeing visible results.
    OR
    In a sane world, Pinnick should be resigning. He should give a press statement on his failures and outlining reasons of such. It is now up to the prerogative of the Nigerian people,who owns the “game” to forgive or not. Cause right now ,Pinnick’s resume is thrash.and I say that with all due respect and professionalism. Cause all he has on the table right now is the Super Eagles. The fear is, how can we trust him not to destroy that as well? Who says he can’t, his decision making has caused us the rest already.
    As I always say, I am not holding my breath.

     
    • Dr. Drey 3 weeks ago

      I thought there is a technical committee (consisting of the likes of Victor Ikpeba, Garba Lawal) that appoints coaches for the national teams and not Pinnick……or am I missing something…???

      https://wwwDOTcompletesportsDOTcom/le-guen-named-new-super-eagles-coach-yusuf-imama-agu-assistants/

      https://wwwODTcompletesportsDOTcom/nff-name-new-coaches-olympic-eagles-flying-eagles-golden-eaglets/

       
    • Dr. Drey 3 weeks ago

      Dr. Drey 5 mins ago
      I thought there is a technical committee (consisting of the likes of Victor Ikpeba, Garba Lawal) that appoints coaches for the national teams and not Pinnick……or am I missing something…???

      wwwDOTcompletesportsDOTcom/le-guen-named-new-super-eagles-coach-yusuf-imama-agu-assistants/
      wwwDOTcompletesportsDOTcom/nff-name-new-coaches-olympic-eagles-flying-eagles-golden-eaglets/

       
      • mr Hush 3 weeks ago

        @Dr Drey

        Off course, there is a technical committee.

        But who is in charge of the FA.
        Who heads the board?
        If the head doesn’t see that there is need to tweak his technical committee,of what good is the head?

        It is always easier to pass the bulk to an incompetent staffer to save face; that isn’t competent leadership.
        No matter the incompetency of the coaching staff, the so called technical committe;
        Pinnick is in charge.
        This one falls on him.

         
        • Dr. Drey 3 weeks ago

          Hehehehe……Ok @ Hush

          Can you kindly suggest criteria for future employment of coaches for our national teams and possible names of replacements for these failed coaches….since in your opinion, former winners of the NPL are not qualified to handle our teams….?

           
          • Mr Hush 3 weeks ago

            @Dr Drey

            I am not into football administration.
            But if I would give a criteria to hire.
            I don’t think Imama has done enough to be hired the u23 coach.
            My question is , what has he done after he won the league?

            How many times have Imama failed before the U23 tournament?

            Must your coaches come from former coaches of Nigerian clubsides,who for me , don’t do well to develop their expertise and technically incompetent;
            These are coaches ,albeit a few; that have never done well in the African continent with our clubsides,how much more handling the national side!

            You can’t tell me there aren’t Nigerians out there with better qualifications as football coaches,who have brushed themselves up with schooling on the modern game.
            Even if they are rookies, every great coach started as a rookie,it is their belief,their plan and ambition,that would always determine.

            Why then do we have to keep sticking with coaches that have no developmental plans, no game plan,no ambition and the only ligh on their CV is winning the Nigerian league for just one season.
            They keep failing and you keep rewarding them with jobs.

            That’s the height of incompetent leadership.

            I am not going to call names, .

            But I don’t mind going for the rookie who is innovative and ambitious.
            What do we have to lose?

             
  • JimmyBall 3 weeks ago

    NFF is a CABAL…

     
  • Pompei 3 weeks ago

    NFF should Sack Imama and bring in Jo to support Amunike because the team Oga Rohr has been building over the three years is nothing to right home about.- Quoting Omo K’omo

    Well, a team that just drew 1-1 with Brazil is nothing to write home about, abi? A coach that is willing and brave enough to give young players opportunities to play, which is why we have a very young team today, that coach is also nothing to write home about? A team that has consistently qualified us for major tournaments, without need for calculator, is nothing to write home about? You claim to be an honest, forthright person, but your words and attitude belie your claim. All I see in you is irrational hatred for Rohr. I also see that your ego is bruised. Rohr has proven you wrong so many times, he has wiped your face in the dust so many times, you are determined to pull him down, at any cost! At the end of the day, Rohr is still standing, inspite of your hateful and spiteful attempts to rubbish his achievements.
    We can continue this discussion after Rohr helps us to another 3 points in Lesotho.

     
    • Dr. Drey 3 weeks ago

      Hahahahaa……that blatant lair claimed he didnt watch the SE match against Benin the last time out say he cannot waste his time on Rohr’s team any more…..all of a sudden

      “……Starting from the Super Eagles, this our Super Eagles has no pattern. The coach in charge of the team is just playing around the team.Super Eagles played 2-1 against Benin without good displayed, no pattern. Just kick and follow football……”

      Pls help us ask him how he managed to know hat they played Benin “without good displayed or pattern”

      Some people’s lies can make even the devil (who is the father of lies) jealous. LMAO

       
      • Dr. Drey 3 weeks ago

        Hahahahaa……that blatant lair claimed he didnt watch the SE match against Benin the last time out say he cannot waste his time on Rohr’s team any more…..all of a sudden

        “……Starting from the Super Eagles, this our Super Eagles has no pattern. The coach in charge of the team is just playing around the team.Super Eagles played 2-1 against Benin without good displayed, no pattern. Just kick and follow football……”

        Pls help us ask him how he managed to know hat they played Benin “without good displayed or pattern”

        Some people’s lies can make even the devil (who is the father of lies) jealous. LMAO

         
  • Christopeher Okeke 3 weeks ago

    Omo Naija sometimes when I read your comment here.. I feel may be you are high on something.. No insults but the truth be told.. So you want this NFF to change the only thing that still give us joy how ever we get the result at least we all smiled that we won. The super eagles is still giving us joy no matter how they play and but they still win inspite training for just one day… Please I want to ask you.. Are you happy with this result now? So please leave our super eagles and Mr rohr until he start loosing matches we know how to drill him out but for now he is winning and football is about winning my brother… Let’s talk about this team that just failed us.

     
  • Gajere 3 weeks ago

    A lot of people here keep proposing Amuneke to take charge of the SE. On what basis? What are his antecedents? Winning the U-17 World Cup? Is that enough? His record with Botswana? I may not be completely happy with Rohr but he has moved the senior national team forward. He has rejuvenated the squad and brought through some young, exciting players. My major grouse with him is his refusal to stay in Nigeria and be involved in the development of our local league. That may be down to the details of his contract. NFF will do well to review that contract when the time comes and insert clauses that will compel him to stay more in the country and be involved in the development of our league.

     
    • Dr. Drey 3 weeks ago

      Develop our league…? really…? Ah…I didnt know it is the national team coach that develops the league.

      Maybe we should copy England where Southgate develops the EPL….or France where Deschamps develops the Ligue 1 or Germany where Louw develops the Bundesliga.

      They must be the ones training the league coaches, providing sponsorship for the clubs, building good pitches and stadia for the teams, grooming and managing their youth teams and academies and running the day to day affairs of the leagues.

      Honestly, of what use is monitoring the league when our best players are scattered all over Europe.

      Time and again we have tried to force our coaches to stay in the country but that strategy has failed, why…..its simple…there is nothing to monitor in the country. Take it or leave it. This is not the Nigerian league of the late 80s where clubs fly down from Europe to sign players straight up. We’ve had 7 foreign coaches since Westerhof and none of them has had any success working with league.

      All the home-based players Keshi patched up for over 2 years with multiple camps, friendlies, taking them to tournaments where they mostly warmed the bench, where did they end up…??? Finland, Latvia, Iran, Bangladesh.

       
      • Gajere 3 weeks ago

        @dr. Drey. I’ve got a lot of respect for your opinions on this forum. You usually try to make sense and show the folly of some of the posts here. However, I still believe that Rohr can offer technical advice to the authorities running our league. Comparing our league to what happens in England, France, Germany, etc makes no sense since we are at a different stage of development to those countries. My point is that Rohr should stay more in the country and offer technical advice to LMC or whoever is running our league. Afterall he has coached in some of those countries and his technical input can help.

         
      • Gajere 3 weeks ago

        Besides, I did not say that Rohr should develop our league. What I said was that he “should be involved” in the development of our league. Big difference.

         
  • Oakfield 3 weeks ago

    @omo fool, I just roll on the floor whenever I read ur posts, I shake my head in pity bcs of ur foolishness and stupidity. U think ure making sense whenever u post ur usual garbage but in the real sense of it, ure just exhibiting your folly which has no remedy. So, coach rohr should be blamed for the failure of the u23 team??? Lol…chai. see human being. Ngwanu,blame for the failure of the u17 team o him as well so that we shall know that ur madness is complete,anuofia. Ur Manu youve been singing his praises here has exposed his dirty corrupt ass and u have gone mute like a lizard in a river. You’re so shameless. You made mention of young coaches to take over affairs of our teams but kindly answer these few questions: is imama and old man, was Sunday oliseh who ran away from the team like a cockrel in heat a man above 75 when he was in charge? I expect u to put forward ur answers with facts and bury the questions above. It appears you have a rohr syndrome of which the cure is yet to be discovered. Now to the subject, it’s very disappointing that we’ve been knocked of of the olympics,its very unfortunate but a lesson to the nff. Corruption is really taking its toll on them and we are already seeing the consequences. I swear,super eagles wouldve been the worst save for mr rohr who is so disciplined to the extent that they’ve found it so hard to lure him into their dirty schemes, thank God for him. When mr sisia was hammered by FIFA,some of us due to sentiments failed to accept the truth. Corruption is endemic in our football and everybody (coaches and excos) involved in its running in the country has his hands dented with corruption. It started with aigbogun, Thomas denerby( who went from coaching the super falcons to coaching the female u17 team of India (pitiful), Manu garba and now imama). Until we get it right just as we did by mistake with mr rohr at the helm of affairs of the super eagles, our football fortunes will continue to dwindle.

     
  • It is very clear now that all our local coaches are either incompetent or very corrupt. I would rather say that they are both incompetent and corrupt. The NFF is also a big culprit in this incompetence and corruption. I am less concerned of who and who works in the NFF. From the Chairman to the least person in that organization, they can’t be exonerated from corruption. It is the NFF’s corruption and indifference or nepotism of the Sports Ministry and the Federal government that gives the NFF and the coaches that have so far failed Nigeria, the latitude to consistently bring shame to Nigeria for these past 3 years.
    If the super eagles is the only team performing among all the national teams we have, then, it is certain that we must continue to give the “Oyinbos” the job of coaching the super eagles and second them to all the other national teams. The sad truth is that our local coaches are not ready to learn. “Wetin dem go chop no dey let dem see road.”
    I have said it before that merit knows no skin color, ethnicity, or political affiliation. Not until Nigeria stops this canker of merit by quota system, corruption, and nepotism, we will continue to be a laughing stock among the comity of nations. Sadly it is we the masses that will continue to bear the brunt of the shameful ineptitude of government and corrupt public office holders.

     
    • I agree with you, Josh. There is too much Mediocrity in our society.

       
  • Dominic 3 weeks ago

    This stupid Imama Amapakabo coach have spoil all my plans and holidays next year in Japan to use the opportunity to watch our beloved u23 team seeing fantastic Chukwueze osahimen and others now tell me what I gonna do in Japan… watching ivory Coast or Ghana team…. Which can’t give me complete joy and happiness as if Nigeria is playing
    NFF I blame you for all these nonsense because you know very well that this coach is not capable and you keep him after 2 failures
    Football is the only thing that gives me joy in this Nigeria and you deprived me of that joy may joy be taken away from NFF too
    Stupid crazy people imbecilic idiots!

     
  • ROHAR 3 weeks ago

    BAD LUCK COACH JUST DESTROY OUR 3 TICKET THIS YEAR

    KINDLY LOOK AT THE GROUP OF PLAYERS THAT SHOULD HAVE SHOWCASE THEIR TALENT IN TOKYO 2020 ??

    THE MOST USELESS COACH I EVER SEEN IN HISTORY OF NIGERIA FOOTBALL IS IMAMA AMAPAKABO
    IF THIS MAN GO BACK TO SUPER EAGLES HIS BAD LUCK WILL FOLLOW HIM

    IMAMA AMAPAKABO YOU JUST KILL MY PLAN TO SUMMER HOLIDAY NEXT YEAR TO JAPAN
    SHAMELESS MAN

     
    • It is truly upsetting. Try to get over it sooner rather than later so you can move to other things.

       
  • The players at his disposal qere good enough to qualify for Olympics.
    It is the nigeria mentality of rewarding and promoting failures that Amakapo will loose WAFU, CHAN and still be pro9 to the Under 23.
    Whereas there is Amuneke free and available.
    Pinic should rsign, but not before Osibanjo and Buhari.

    Nigeria is an almighty mess.
    S
    WHAT A SHAME?

     
  • There is a kind of outdated, one-way playing pattern I’ve observed of recent with NFF’s ‘A’ coaches like Imama & Manu. It’s an excessive focus on the final third of the field without trying to balance out the other departments and disrupt the opponent’s game plan. So, you see the teams pouring forward right from the blast of the whistle (up to 6-7 players all pushing forward to score). The opposite coach adapts a simple pattern, get 5 to 6 players in front of the goalkeeper, then get the ball and change pattern, frustrate Nigeria and execute their own game. From the U17 to the U23, they play against a solid wall of defence of 5-7 players.

    Only Rohr plays a balanced game and nice transition from goalkeeper to the number 9, patiently drawing out as many defenders as possible before getting to the final third.

    Imama’s and Garba’s tactics may have worked some 2 years ago. It’s outdated in 2019, easily neutralized and the table turned against their team. So, while they might have a handful of skilled forwards and midfielders, the tactic is dated. Tactics & teamplay always trump skills without a well-grilled pattern.