I tried to find out what may have possibly gone wrong that contrary to many Nigerians expectation, the Super Eagles could not break down Iran. All that kept recurring in my mind was that the attackers were unable to score. This is because, as I discovered, the transition between the midfielders and the strike force was fault, .and as a result, that service delivery to the front men was not coming as it ought to. Much as Mikel was a bit okay defensively, his midfield partners who were supposed to anchor the offensive side of that department were not up to scratch. Of course, there was urgency on the part of the players to deliver, after all, who are Iran that we cannot trample on? But when the Asians held out tenaciously, even threatening sparingly to turn the table against us, our boys seemed to come short of composure and precision. I would doff my hat for the Eagles back line, more so goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, who made two daring saves in the game. I would also believe this is not the Super Eagles best performance.
I hope Stephen Keshi, the Big Boss, who is highly experienced both as a former World Cup player and Nations Cup winning coach, would overhaul the team, not in playing personnel, but strategically in the coming game with Bosnia. I would say, despite the result, it wasn’t entirely a bad one for the Eagles but for sure they should have done better and Nigerians expected them to do better. I hope Godfery Oboabona’s injury is not serious.
He still has much to offer the Eagles there in Brazil. The group (F) is still open and victory over Bosnia, as we believe will come because the Eagles will play better in their next game, will push us to the next round. The picture is clearer now to the players and I’m confident they will make the progress.