Omeruo’s Sublime Header Against Guinea, Secures Round Of 16 Spot For Nigeria

Omeruo’s Sublime Header Against Guinea, Secures Round Of 16 Spot For Nigeria

Kenneth Omeruo’s first international goal helped the Super Eagles secure a 1-0 win against Guinea in their AFCON 2019 Group B fixture at the Alexandria Stadium on Wednesday, reports Completesports.com.

The win also means the Super Eagles are the first team to secure a place in the Round of 16 of the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations .

The Super Eagles have also now secured their first win in five meetings against the Syli Nationale.

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Omeruo netted the winner in the 73rd minute of the game.

Guinea who held the Barea of Madagascar to a 2-2 draw in their first game took the game to Super Eagles early on but found the Nigerian defence difficult to break down.

Odion Ighalo came close to breaking the deadlock for Nigeria in the seventh minute but the Shanghai Shenhua of China striker couldn’t control Ahmed Musa’s cross well and consequently fluffed the scoring chance

Ighalo missed a good chance to atone for that miss when he shot wide on the half hour mark when he was put clear on goal from Moses Simon’s pass.

The Super Eagles took total control of the game in the second half but struggled to carve out any real openings with Ighalo tightly marked by the Guinean defence.

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Alex Iwobi forced a save out of Ibrahim Kone on the hour mark as the Super Eagles piled pressure on the Guinean defence.

The breakthrough finally came 17 minutes from time when Omeruo nodded home Moses Simon’s free-kick.

The Super Eagles who now top Group B with six points from two games will face the Barea of Madagascar in their last Group B game on Sunday at the Alexandria Stadium.

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COMMENTS

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  • Pompei 6 months ago

    Calculator sellers at Alaba market and other markets beyond are holding an emergency meeting as we speak. Ever since Nigeria hired GERNOT ROHR as coach of the Super Eagles, calculator sales have dropped. Nobody is buying calculator again. The calculator has been rendered useless and redundant by GERNOT ROHR. No more permutation and combination. So, calculator sellers are worried sick! When will the calculator become relevant again to the Super Eagles?

     
    • Oakfield 6 months ago

      Lol!! One of the calculator dealers is omo9Ja, in fact, he’s their major distributor. While other countries are killing themselves to qualify for the round of 16,we’ve done it again in style as usual since rohr took charge. Lol! Up Genort Rohr, up eagle

       
      • Pompei 6 months ago

        Hahahaha, Omo9ja the calculator distributor. Omo9ja Enterprises Nigeria Limited. Local and international distribution of the latest and the best calculators. Omo9ja, how market? I do enjoy reading Omo9ja’s write-ups. He does have good intentions, I think. But even Omo9ja and other Rohr detractorss must now admit that Rohr is the real deal. If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it has got to be a duck! All this success doesn’t come to a coach who is clueless. It just doesn’t! Agreed, even Rohr makes silly mistakes sometimes. And some of his decisions leave you scratching your head. But overall, the guy has done a fantastic job!

         
    • Bomboy 6 months ago

      @ Pompei, Okfield and co., I can’t remember when we had to bring out calculators at the group stages of any AFCON since 1998 when I started paying interest to the game. Of course, we appreciate the players and coaches for qualifying for the knockout stages of this tournament, but the truth remains that we have had better and more accomplished group stage victories in past AFCONS.

      Once again, I congratulate the boys for a job well done, but let us not insinuate that they have taken us where we have never been before.

      Cheers.

       
      • Please go back to 2008 when we need Ivory coast to beat Mali for Nigeria to qualify

         
      • Pompei 6 months ago

        Your comment reeks of DOUBLE TONGUE SYNDROME. With one side of your mouth, you say you appreciate the coach and the team. With the other side of your mouth, you say they have not taken you to where you have not been before. See yourself? A coach has guided us to 2 consecutive victories. If you don’t want to celebrate it, why have issues with me for choosing to celebrate and appreciate?

         
      • Adisboy 6 months ago

        Bomboi, only once in our history at AFCON have we won our opening 2 games. The last time was in 1992, 2-1 victories against Senegal & Kenya so what we have done today is not the norm.

         
    • Lucky Ukhun 6 months ago

      True talk

       
  • greenturf 6 months ago

    The super eagles of Nigeria has a good defence.I was impressed by Awaziem’s performance at the right side of the defence,he is a very good defender.Aina too was very good apparently,his game has improved so much had to laud him for his class act.Balogun makes little mistake and his choice as Omeruo’s partner wasn’t a bad call after all by the gaffer.

     
    • Tancosports 6 months ago

      Awaziem is being praised today because simon was there to support him in defence and that’s why Guinea talisman KAMANO was rendered useless throughout 90 minutes, INDIDI and ETEBO really played Naby keita out of the game today. I think overall the game was balanced one but SE should learn how to take their chances in subsequent games.

       
  • Ololo 6 months ago

    I think was works for this coach is the fact that he selects only the best and players on form.. Omeroe and aino were not playing this way last year but took loan deals to improve. We have not even seen oyekwere and oshimen yet We have already qualified. Nigeria can be great with less corruption and bribery

     
    • Oakfield 6 months ago

      I’m telling u, can u imagine?? Osimhen and onyekuru are yet to taste action but we’ve qualified wit ease!!!

       
    • Bomboy 6 months ago

      @ Pompei, Okfield and co., I can’t remember when we had to bring out calculators at the group stages of any AFCON since 1998 when I started paying interest to the game. Of course, we appreciate the players and coaches for qualifying for the knockout stages of this tournament, but the truth remains that we have had better and more accomplished group stage victories in past AFCONS.

      Once again, I congratulate the boys for a job well done, but let us not insinuate that they have taken us where we have never been before.

      Cheers.

       
      • Pompei 6 months ago

        Bomboy, Your comment reeks of DOUBLE TONGUE SYNDROME. With one side of your mouth, you say you appreciate the coach and the team. With the other side of your mouth, you say they have not taken you to where you have not been before. See yourself? A coach has guided us to 2 consecutive victories. If you don’t want to celebrate it, why have issues with me for choosing to celebrate and appreciate?

         
  • Dr. Drey 6 months ago

    Today, we played a Guinean team who needed a win, we played a Guinean team coached my an AFCON silver winning coach, we played a Guinean team that also had players playing in top leagues in Europe…Liverpool, Napoli, Bordeaux, Frankfurt…to name a few. Trust me, that Guinean team was not a weak team in any way….but guess what even when we made as much as 5 changes to our starting line up from the last match, we out played, out-passed, out-shot and outscored the guineans. Infact it was more like it was the Guineans who won their 1st game rather than us. 90 mins passed and we are still waiting for Akpeyi to make a save of any sort. That was how perfectly and excellently we neutralized the Guineans. We played this game without getting out of gear 2.
    Thanks to this our useless, stupid, tactless, senseless and idiot of a coach.

     
    • Kryss 6 months ago

      Dr Drey please stop stop being sarcastic and rude. Give our national coach the respect that he deserves. Let us endeavor to express our feelings with sense of maturity and respectability and without necessarily being rabid. Let us always try to encourage our national players and not to dampen their Morales by any means. Thanks.

       
      • Dr. Drey 6 months ago

        Hahahaha…Kryss..you are obviously a new comer to this forum…otherwise you would have understood me perfectly. Just stay tuned and watch as things pan out. The real owners of those words or appellations will soon surface. Lolz

         
        • Oakfield 6 months ago

          Lol!!! He’ll see the real owners of those comments very soon. They’ll soon crawl out of their dirty holes soon. Welcome to the hood, Kryss

           
      • @Kryss, are you reading Drey,s comment from the other side of the Newspaper. He is actually commending the coach.

        The only mistake I believe Rohr made was subbing Iwobi for Chukwueze and using him as 10.

         
    • Ololo 6 months ago

      I’m surprised because the guinean team needed this game more than we do yet from what I watched they were really outplayed but suprisely when you checked the stats for the match you realize the guinea had more passes and more ball possession I was really surprise at the stat cos for me I think we had more of the ball. Anyway these other guys needed the match more than we do so they might have really have more of the ball

       
  • mutum 6 months ago

    the truth must be said. we need to start looking for a real number 10 oo,”that thing iwobi the play no be ball at all” d guy just no wan improve abeg,haba for how many years fa?

     
    • Iwobi tried bro. Those shots attempt he played are parts of the job of an attacking midfielder, 10. Okocha started like that in his days. He will explode in the role with time.

       
  • Franklin 6 months ago

    Taking dis tournament one game @ a tym is a welcome development. We av qualify now so soon. it shows an improvement frm other tournaments. next game Pls play oshimen n onyekuru so dat they will av a sense of belonging. go super Eagles. Go naija.

     
    • Dr. Drey 6 months ago

      Thank you very much my brother.
      That was the idea. Take it one game after another. Alas…some people want the coach and the team to brag and brag and brag and talk about playing in the final when we’ve not even played the 1st game yet.

       
  • joelspets 6 months ago

    who’s going to be our next saviour now
    Saviour 1 IGHALO
    Saviour 2 EMERUO
    Saviour 3 ?????

     
  • chris 6 months ago

    Super eagles may end up winning afcon with a game to spare

     
  • Awaziem that have received a lots on banters even up to the lastatch is been praised today. Last week it was Mikel today it is now Iwobi that is Nigeria mentality for you. Besides, Iwobi didn’t have a bad game though not excellent even the young man was part of the build up to the goal abi was it not his shot that was misdirected to corner kick that lead to d goal. What else do you want. This guys are human being.

     
  • chris 6 months ago

    Lol

     
  • I laugh at Omo9ja in Chinese, that dude has something against Rohr am sure because he just hate him with passion. He’s always speaking against him. Wetin Omo9ja do wey funny me pass be say he dey comment and still dey reply that same comment with another name LMAO. Well, for your info Omo9ja, Nigeria don qualify ooo even with a game to spare. Even if these guys no win the cup ,that doesn’t mean Rohr has failed . Only a dullard will see super eagles under Rohr as a failure. Rohr ain’t perfect and I haven’t seen any perfect coach either.So Omo9ja, just keep your beef with Rohr within you o and stop showcasing your mediocre thinking to the world please. Am not sure you won’t get a sniper if Super eagles eventually win dz Afcon and mind you if they don’t , they worth celebration. Congratulations super eagles, soar higher!

     
  • Ayphillydegreat 6 months ago

    That’s exactly what we’ve been talking about. A bench that is as good as the first 11. I can’t remember the last time the SuperEagles have such a luxury of game changers on the bench. Now we will get to see the likes of Onyekuru, Osimhen, Kalu in full swing against Madagascar because we’ve qualified with a game to spare for the first time in as long as I can remember. Thank goodness we have a foreign coach who knows what he’s doing. The defense looks water tight Awaziem was superb, Kenneth ‘Nesta’ Omeruo and Balogun combo seems the best for this AFCON going forward. Aina enough said about a player with tactical ingenuity from serie A. The midfield is gelling with Iwobi Etebo Ndidi with a plethora of options in attack. SuperEagles will at least play in the Semis and that will a good achievement for this team and Rohr. If they reach that stage they’re as good as winning the cup itself. #FLY LIKE AN EAGLE INTO THE FUTURE#

     
    • Fineboy 6 months ago

      Honestly, you took those words right out of my mouth. Like seriously, if we don’t win this AFCON based on the quality of our bench, the coach will forever rue the opportunity to write his name in African football history. God willing, Super eagles will conquer.

       
  • Oakfield 6 months ago

    -Qualified for the world cup with a game to spare,
    -qualified for the nations cup with a game to spare,
    -qualified for the nations cup round of 16 with a game to spare while other countries being coached by ‘pep guardiola’ and his likes are struggling to qualify. Incredible feat! never in the history of football have we had this wonderful streak of success. We’ve made everything look so ordinary. Our bench looks so frightening at the sight of it alone, players are getting picked on merit and not based on sentiments or kickbacks. Kudos to the coach and his crew, they are really round pegs in round holes.

     
  • Sunnyb 6 months ago

    Rightly said bro, the midfield combo is getting there, the game was won in the middle, I was skeptical about Iwobi physicality against some of these African teams ruggedness and reckless tacklers , I think Iwobi is ready for them.Simon really tried tracking back to help Awaziem, though the substitution was a bit off the mark, overall it was a good game.Rohr did a good job in starting Simon and Balogun and he was on money for benching Mikel.

     
    • Ololo 6 months ago

      Simon played on the left and was actually helping Aina check properly.. Awazie is naturally a defender so we shouldnt be surprised seeing attackers
      struggling to get pass him. Remember ndidi was a defender at u20 world cup but plays now as a midfielder he plays like putting a defender in front of defenders how do you expect attackers to survive.. That’s exactly what awazie is doing.. He is so good at it that many people have starting thinking he was assisted by Simon which is never true rather musa was the player ahead of him..

       
  • Fineboy 6 months ago

    Honestly, you took those words right out of my mouth. Like seriously, if we don’t win this AFCON based on the quality of our bench, the coach will forever rue the opportunity to write his name in African football history. God willing, Super eagles will conquer.

     
  • In the land of the blind, one eyed man is a king.
    When a child speaks he betrays his age.
    I grew up in the era when the Super Eagles would easily spell Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, kenya etc with goals.
    When winning a debutant by 1:0 needed no prayers and was not a god help me task, when we need not celebrate a hard earned winning against a first timer.

    The reason they have premiership and championship, league 1 and league 2 is that all teams are nit equal even though they are made up of 11 players.

    Mediocrity is the biggest disease of the black race.

    Even USA that started soccer after USA-94 is now doing better and has a higher fear factor index compared to the best entertaining team of USA 94, that beat the eventual bronze winner Bulgaria, that once ranked as #5 in the world, that is the SE I grew up knowing.

    This same set of players can achieve the same height, but they need the self belief and confidence that comes from within and motivated by the coach.
    That essential ingredients for success is what Rhor lacks.

    Even if he wins the AFCON 2019 this way, he will never win me over.

    Good luck and and good football the fearless SE of the giant of African football.

     
    • Dr. Drey 6 months ago

      Bad belle people….see dem. They don dey crawl comot form hiding one by one. LMAO.
      They are so unhappy that yet again this coach has recorded another win.
      .
      Oga pls remind us when last we spelt any team’s name in the group stage AFCON….?
      In 2013; 1-1 B/faso, 1-1 Zambia, 2-0 Ethiopia
      In 2010; 1-3 Egypt, 1-0 Benin, 3-0 Mozambique
      2008; 0-1 CIV, 1-1 Mali, 2-0 Benin
      2006; 1-0 Ghana, 2-0 Zimbabwe (Debutants), 2-1 Senegal
      2004; 0-1 Morrocco, 4-0 South Africa, 2-1 Benin (Debutants)
      2002; 1-0 Algeria, 0-0 Mali, 1-0 Liberia (Debutants)
      2000; 4-2 Tunisia, 0-0 Congo Brazzaville, 2-0 Morocco
      1994; 0-0 Egypt, 3-0 Gabon
      1992; 2-1 Senegal, 2-1 kenya
      1990; 1-5 Algeria, 1-0 CIV
      1988; 1-1 Cameroun, 0-0 Egypt, 3-0 Kenya.
      .
      Those are results of group stage matches as far as my memories can take me. Anybody can correct me if i’ve made any mistakes.

      I dont know in wat era you grew up, but we obviously weren’t steam rolling teams….maybe it will be better for you to just simply crawl back to that era where you grew up and continue living in it, because this is 2019, where even Burundi now has players who are club-mates with SE players in Europe. The Era wen Nigeria alone had the sole rights of having players who ply their trades in Europe are long gone.
      .
      “Even if he wins the AFCON 2019 this way, he will never win me over”.
      .
      And who the fuck gives a fuck about you. The coach doesn’t need to win you over…he doesnt even know you exist…lolz.

      He only needs to win the hearts of his employers and i’m sure he really is doing so at the moment.

       
      • Oakfield 6 months ago

        Drey u too much! Fire them back with facts! E remain omo9Ja, I’m still waiting to see him and his Oxford English… Lol.. Abi is it still midnight in his location???? Lol….

         
      • Oakfield 6 months ago

        And Ghana were sweating it out against ‘benin’republic yesterday….

         
        • Ayphillydegreat 6 months ago

          Drey you even get time replying that thing. LEEEMAOO!! I’m sure he’s looking for the next wet transformer to hug after regularly getting disappointed by Rohr’s achievements with the SuperEagles thus far. LEEEMAOO!! 

           
      • Ndubuisi 6 months ago

        That’s my man

         
    • Thank u brother this is the most reasonable comment i have read so far. I dont see anything new about eagles from rohr. He is being furtunate i still agree on that view. Neverthe less i appreciate is work so far with the eagles but nothing is too new. I am surprised at nigerians. Even as much as italy and argentina is in low position at the moment in football, they cannot talk down on their past just to praise a learner of a coach. These eagles players all exept aina and jamilu collins where discovered by nigeria coaches. We didnt qualify for 3 turnament since 1998 was becos of nfa now nff faliours. When i was growing up we use to say football made in naija! Yes it was true talk to have won 5 times under 17 world cup means that we play better football than europeans or wat ever, we dont believe our selves thats our problem. If u watch carefully the last afcon for africa turnament that nigeria team connected better. Great goals where scored and they rished the final. They scores headers freekicks and shots. Rabiu ali is far better than iwobi but nobody will ever notice that, becos he is not in man u or chelsea, sunday uba gave us last afcon with his superb goals and no one expected that. Nigeria is abt 200 milion people and u expect them not to be the bext in the game they love most? Nigeria have won three afcon over 8 times finalist and abt 13 times in last four. Won gold sylva and bronze in the olympics(the second biggest world football turneo) eguavon qualfied us from group stage 2006 with 9 points and most times we qualified with 7 or 5 points in group stages, the last time we lost a match and needed the so called calculator in a group stage is 2008 by a white coach called vogt. We won our last edition edition thanks to late stephen keshi. Some of you guys a talking as if nigeria is southafrica or senegal. Please! Wat is those guys playing for christ sake winning games with luck and no supremacy.2004 we defeated the defending champiom of afcon in their verry best ( camroun) by chukwu. If rohr lost to cameroun today he will say oh they are more xperience they are defendin champ they won 5 times (forgeting that he defeated them before with thesame team) Keshi took us to the second round of the worldcup with alot debutants rohr lost out and u guys are saying we had foolish coaches before thats called selfhate! which is our biggest enemy as africans. I am not saying rohr isnt doing well oh ofcourse he is doing verry well expecially in defends we defend better than the last few years and also our transiction from defends to attack is faster. But our confidents is too low and i cannot take that from any coach being white or black nigeria have defeated france spain bugaria brazil and many others. We deserve to have a relaxing win against three underdogs like guinea madagasca and burundi. Last reminder we had senegal zimbabwe and ghana in group before and 9 points was the normal. For that guy who said we didnt had a better bench before go and ceck our bench in egypt 2006 and compare.

       
  • Ndubuisi 6 months ago

    Where is omo9ja? Please come out and tell the team congratulations for making it to the 2nd round cos you never gave them a chance. The team played well under the intense heat. The defense was perfect today. After the first match I was a little scared of Ekong but with Balogun performance today am in a high spirit. The team will improve especially from the knock out but I see us picking 9points after 3 matches. Rohr is bold and confident that’s why he dropped his captain and ekong in this match. Under perform and go to bench next match. That’s how good our bench is. Our 2nd 11 will beat Madagascar with ease. Once again congratulations gallant Eagles though you are not there yet but you have the potential to silence your doubters forever.

     
  • Asoko Emmanuel 6 months ago

    @CJ, you better don’t kill yourself over something u don’t have control over.Why will Rohr bother himself on winning u over.Are u his employer?or girl friend ? You are not even among the majority of Nigerians loving wat his doing now.Who r u by the way for Rohr to win over.You see the problem u and ur cohorts have,you guys are far from being critiques,u r a bunch of haters and sadist.You know wat go bite the dust.

     
  • Asoko Emmanuel 6 months ago

    Dr Drey,though Rohr has not won the thing called CJ over inspite of his good job,but u Dr Drey have won me over with ur concise and class analysis.You are absolutely on point without a mistake at all.They think comments on this platform is cheap,it is not cos u must make research before u come here to make a comment as we don’t have dullards here.Same thing I told omotogo he should get some learning.Tanks again Dr.

     
  • It wasn’t a classic performance from the supereagles in terms of play but all the same congratulations to them for making it to the round of 16 with a game to spare..

     
  • Emmanuel 6 months ago

    with the quality of players coach Rohr assembled we are good to go, but my fear is the goal keeping department, Akpeyi has not really been tested

     
  • Emmanuel 6 months ago

    can Akpeyi contain the likes of Senegal Or Algeria