Rohr Faces Selection Dilemma For Super Eagles – Bafana Clash

Rohr Faces Selection Dilemma For Super Eagles – Bafana Clash

Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr faces a big selection dilemma for his side’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal clash against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa
, Completesports.com reports.

For the first time since the start of the competition, Rohr has a full compliment of his 23-man squad to choose from, which makes the task of picking a starting lineup for the Bafana Bafana game a herculean task.

All the 23 players including captain of the side, John Mikel Obi who was earlier ruled of the competition due to the knee injury he picked up in the side’s last group game against Madagascar, took part in Monday’s training session at the Chams Sports Centre, Cairo, few hours after their arrival from Alexandria.

There was also no absentee from the team’s final training session on Tuesday afternoon ahead of Wednesday’s match.

The Eagles’ training session on Tuesday was only opened to media men and the fans for only 15 minutes.

Chippa United goalkeeper seems likely to have kept his position as the first choice goalie, but according to a reliable source close to team, Rohr is virrually having sleepless nights about his choices for the full-back positions.

With regular full-backs, Shehu Abdullahi and Jamilu Collins now fully fit, Rohr will have to decide whether to stick with the duo of Chidozie Awaziem and Ola Aina in those positions.

Aina has started all four Nigeria’s games in the competition so far. He provided a sublime assist for Odion Ighalo’s winner in the first match against Madagascar. Awaziem replaced Abdullahi in the 43rd minute of same game and has kept the position ever since.

In Midfield, Rohr has a choice to make following Mikel’s return to full fitness. The German will have to decide whether to recall the experienced defender or stick with the trio of Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo and Alex Iwobi in the middle of the pack.

Odion Ighalo look certain to lead the team’s attack, with Ahmed Musa also favoured to occupy one of the three attacking positions.

Picking who will join the duo will not be an easy task for Rohr with Samuel Chukwueze and Henry Onyekuru knocking on the door to start ahead of Ahmed Musa.

By Adeboye Amosu (pix: by Ganiyu Yusu) in Cairo

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  • FatherJP 2 years ago

    My favoured 11 in a 4-3-3 formation for tomorrow’s game:

    1. Akpeyi

    RB: Aina
    LB: Collins
    CB: Balogun
    CB: Ekong

    DM 6: Ndidi
    CM 8: Etebo
    AM 10: Iwobi

    RW: Simon
    LW: Musa
    CF: Ighalo

    • Dipsy 2 years ago

      Omeruo for Balogun

      • I agree, balogun is rusty, and after that his blunder,might not be mentally fit

        • FatherJP 2 years ago

          That blunder to me was a one-off. Balogun is better than both One run and Ekong when it comes to organization.

          Reckon that Ekong was in no man’s land when that cameroonian cross came in while Onerou was guilty of positional indiscipline.

          Second goal conceeded was reminiscent of Messi’s goal against us in Russia; Omeruo being unable to deal with a long punt forward.

          Also in terms of dealing with crosses, Balogun is the best of the trio.

          Anyway, any of them that gets the nod tonight am sure will do well.

          I don’t see the boastful Bafana Bafana edging us today.

          The only team I dread going forward is Senegal.

    • abba rossi 2 years ago

      I agree with father JP line up but with little change Omeruo should come in for E kong and Samuel chuk for musa but our coach is not a big match coach

  • Dont be surprised if uzoho is noba 1 tomorrow.

  • frank 2 years ago

    Use your best squad from your mind . up eagles

  • As Coach Rohr finds himself in the rather pleasant situation of being spoilt for choice with all 23 players reported to be fit and flying, his South African counterpart Stuart Baxter has come out to rubbish claims of the German.

    In a previous article on this platform, Rohr was quoted as saying:”South Africa are the favourites for this game. They beat Egypt in front of a big crowd which is not an easy thing to do.”

    However, South African Coach Baxter has been quick to pour ice water on that statement saying :”I think Gernot would love to have that tag as underdogs‚ and in that way slip the pressure from you guys [Nigeria].

    But I don’t think he’s fooling anybody to tell you the truth.”

    The 65 year old Englishman would go on to say: “We’ll respect Nigeria and not fear them. And we’ll absolutely not think that we’re the favourites.

    We will know that we have to produce a very good South Africa performance if we’re going to beat them.”

    I went on to check the form-guide and realised that South Africa hadn’t won any match with more than a single goal since the start of the tournament while our last match against Cameroon ended in a 5 goals thriller with the Super Eagles netting thrice.

    Also, we have won 3 matches thus far in this tournament while South Africa has only won 2.

    All other things being equal, the Super Eagles fans should expect a victory against Bafana Bafana tomorrow.

  • Edoman 2 years ago

    I don’t want to select the team for the coach, because that is what he is paid to do, but l were him, l would not depart from those boys who sent the Cameroonians home. l will not bring in Balogun and Mikel at this time which may disturb the cohesion of the team’s effectiveness at this time.

    Get to make it right against South Africa this time or everybody will go home with regrets.

  • Pompei 2 years ago

    I would suggest playing three center backs for this one. We need a solid defence to contain the rampaging wingers Tau and Lorch. Nice selection headache for coach Rohr. Let’s just field our best legs, and fire up the players, so everyone is determined and focused. Come on boys!

  • I believe we can out score SA,

    I am confident because the SE have better players, BUT I DON’T KNOW IF RHOR IS AS CONFIDENT SINCE HE BELIEVES SA IS THE FAVOURITE.

    That said, if only Rhor should opt for attacking mentality, the materials abound.

    Sub early as needed.
    If we are 2 goals up at 70 mins,
    Sub Mikel for iwuobi, Henry for Musa, at 80 mins, sub Moses for Chukwueze,
    and Osimhen for Ighalo.

    • Christopher 2 years ago

      I believe this line up but removed musa, he can come 20 minutes to go to add force.

    • Kryss 2 years ago

      I agree with CJ’s selection.

      • Sintali 2 years ago

        I equally concour with this squard.

        • Greenturf 2 years ago

          Selection for games is never as straightforward as that.
          However,coaches pick players depending on the opponents and players suited to execute tactics for a particular game.So do not be alarmed to see players who aren’t your favourites but are good for the teams plan for a particular game.

    • FatherJP 2 years ago

      Nice one bro. But to curtail the influences of Percy Tau and Lorch on the wings you need start Simon ahead of Chukwueze to give u defensive balance.

      Musa doesnt track back as well as Simon, and since he will definitely start barring injury, Rohr Wong risk the team’s balance by Fielding Chukwueze and Musa at the same time against a counter attacking SA side

      • Hmmn a lot of sense made here Father.

        • luckylee 2 years ago

          i wonder y most fans don’t get it that chukwueze n musa can’t start together at this stage…simon will ve to offer balance besides chukwueze is better as a super sub to go against the tiring s.a

  • CS:”In Midfield, Rohr has a choice to make following Mikel’s return to full fitness. The German will have to decide whether to recall the experienced defender…”

    Oh Mikel,they now call you defender.Kai! OK *smiles* agreed,it’s a typo,but but this typo could jolly well be from a sincere inner-heart yearning by the writer. The reality is that his typo is not so untrue. Mou forever changed this force of nature,a genuine nmba 10 he originally was. I blame Mikel mostly,and his huge entourage that accompanied him to Chelsea, for this mistake.

    Siasia tried to coax the old nmba10 spirit in SEagles and at d Olympics wit some small success(at least Mikel stopped passing the ball back in Chelsea), Rohr followed suit during d WCup qualifies and Mikel was impressive (howbeit one that fooled Rohr),since then Mikel has gone back to what he does best now- a defender,okay a defensive midfielder.

    But sometimes I tire for Mikel,you knew u were to captain ur team to the WorldCup,u now went to China,to do wat there? It’s not as if good clubs were not looking for u in Europe. Him and his brother from Edo state played at the WorldCup for our team and China was written all over them.
    That reminds me of Oga Musa too.U know wud take over from Mikel,yet u chose Qatar. Qatar has catarrhed u now. Am I the only one seeing that Musa has added weight?He’s not at his best physical condition. What Musa is using is his secret weapon,similar weapon that someone like Garba Lawal had- a big heart,persistency,never say never kind of spirit.Sometimes that quality alone wins u a shirt,ask James Milner of Liverpool,ask Blaise Matuildi of Juve&France.

    Back to skippo. Nor be person tell am,before he run abandon China. No,u for dey der na.
    But seriously Mikel can’t be mocked as a jack of all trade,master of none. You need to see Mikel playing as a defensive midfielder,so sleek,basicaly nothing passes him,like a master,John Terry called him THE CATALYST.The way he reads the game is glorious,e.g. he knows exactly where to stand,that the opponents will look foolish because,he will wonder how he passed straight to Mikel instead of his intended target.Ndidi has some of this very quality too.Mikel is no Kante(how many people are sef), but my brother if Mikel guides the ball,even Kante can’t take it away from him. As a nmba4 Mikel had the quality to play in Barca or Real,that’s how excellently he mastered his craft.It still runs in his veins even now.
    Let me put it this way,he had so much talent to spare at age 17,that he could adapt to a new role and become world class, in that new role. He never lost form in England,it was Conte who bullied him for playing in the Olympics. I have given my warning to Conte,that was a shameful thing for Conte to do.

    Well here we have it,at least when Mikel fell,he picked something up as he stood. A world-class “natural” number4,he now is,respected world over and this is not flattery.
    Mr. Rohr over to you o.

    • Glory 2 years ago

      Everytime, I read or hear people calling Mikel an attacking midfielder or No. 10, I start to ask since when? Mikel has never being an attacking midfielder or a No.10. Mikel at d u-20,played at d central midfield position, while Isaac promise was d attacking midfielder/ No. 10. Sanni Kaita was the defensive midfielder. At d Olympics, Mikel played that same central midfield position, while Etebo and Azubuike. played d attacking n defensive midfield role respectively. It was some silly politics Okocha n few others played in 2006, to deny Wilson Oruma,the rightfy heir to that No.10 position, that brought in Mikel as No. 10. As karma would have it, that same wicked scheme, was almost gonna start denying same Okochas nephew, his rightful position as the perfect No. 10 for d SE. Mikel lacks every quality of an attacking midfielder but is supremely gifted as a central midfielder, in d mood of Patrick Viera. It’s such a shame,that Chelsea didn’t get to allow Mikel develop as that central midfielder he naturally is, instead converting him to a defensive midfielder. He surely would developed into one of d best central midfielder ever but that defensive midfield position truly didn’t help as much.

      • You’ve spoken well,just similar to the points I made.Well that’s correction to those who refer to him as an attacking midfielder. I didn’t.
        You see, we use Kilograms in Nigeria,in USA they call it Pounds.So if you travel to the US,it’s best you convert to Pounds from Kg so you flow with them.
        You commented on my write-up,so it’s only fair you flow with my terminology.
        The position Mikel played at the Olympics was called 10 then,while then Isaac Promise played as the nmba 8. It’s clear that I was using the widely accepted nomenclature for positions.

        Today,it is changing,they are phasing away d nmba 8,they now call it 10. Wat was formerly called 10,sometimes they call it 6 or 4and half.
        So yeah Mikel was a genuine 10,a central midfielder,using our popular parlance.
        Kilode @Glory.

  • Banks 2 years ago

    Below is Odegbami’s comment on tomorrow’s game, published in Vanguard. This after lambasting GR before CMR’s match but now came around to say:  ” They should also listen to Gernot Rohr’s instructions so that they will have the desirable result in the quarter-final,”

    Segun Odegbami, an ex-international, has expressed optimism that the Super Eagles of Nigeria will win the quarterfinal match against the South African team in the ongoing African Cup of Nations in EgyptHe, however, advised the Super Eagles to remain focused in order to scale the hurdle posed by the Bafana Bafana of South Africa. ” They should also listen to Gernot Rohr’s instructions so that they will have the desirable result in the quarter-final,” he said. The ex-international noted that Nigerians were in their support and praying for them to win the match against the South Africans.(NAN)

    • luckylee 2 years ago

      @banks i said it b4 that i reserved my comments for mr odegbami,i can’t believe he said that he would fire rohr if he were to be in pinnick shoes cos rohr does shout like klopp or jose…seedorf was shout all through against naija n still lost d match arrigo sacchi shouted all through us 94 never won d 94 world cup, pep don’t shout likewise sarri ajax coachnd so on yet odegbami wants a shouting coach…hmmm i rest my case thank God he is d one making comment that players should listening to their coach…

  • Olujimi Morgan 2 years ago

    A true analysis of the Super Eagles during the qualifiers reveals a team playing fast aggressive and incisive football. Musa, fast and can score goals. Ighallo, the top scorer and playing with panache and finesse. Simon, Kanu or Onyekweru as good other winger.
    Rohr messed up big time inviting Mikel back to team. He slowed play down to to noticeable effect – not ‘opening up opponents. And allowing opponents recover. Rohr wrecked playing style and speed of post WC Eagles.
    But omission of Ighalo in starting line up of first match is a major mistake.
    Then adding a slow forward instead of Osihmen is inexcusable. Osihmen scored loads of goals last season. And saved under 23 Eagles by scoring 3 goals in a 4-0 destruction of Libya. Rohr has ignored him.
    Nigeria scored 3 legitimate goals in our 1-1 draw against SA. Playing fast incisive soccer. Even Seedof acknowledged the strengths of the Eagles.
    Summary: Let Rohr select right players.
    Let Rohr set up team to play positive incisive soccer.
    Nigeria will beat SA by up to 2 goals.

    • Your analysis, not bad sir.
      OK let’s even indulge Mr. Rohr.Okay I invited Mikel because, he helps me organize the team,just like Ibra did for Mou at ManU.Ok then don’t make Mikel give what he doesn’t have. He could be an excellent deputy to Ndidi.In that position,he won’t slow down our game much.Ndidi,my star man,deserves to be protected, look at his workln oad at his club.
      It’s strange to keep the best dribbler in Arsenal on the bench for Mikel. If he wants to play with two 4’s aha dats different, Mikel&Ndidi can play, then Iwobi or Etebo ahead of them.

      Just imagine how the “fight” would have been? Mikel vs Ndidi, Etebo vs Azubuike, Iwobi vs Kelechi Nwakali. I even wonder who Simi Nwankwo offended sef,he’s been scoring too like Onuachu and has more experience.He played at the Worldcup,so why not use him again,instead trying to replace him with an Onuachu,who is not better than him for now.

      Anyway,he was forced to listen and made adjustments for d last match. I trust he wud listen again.
      Wish d team the very very best.

      • FatherJP 2 years ago

        You are one of the best on this forum, I must say!

        In-depth, incisive…don’t know if you’re a man or woman but not ashamed to say bravo…I love you!

        Rohr almost ruined all he’s worked hard to achieve by stubbornly stuck to play Mikel as an attacking midfielder when even Tianjin Teda and later Middlesborrow all played him in the DM role.

        Nothing stops Rohr from playing him in the hole with Ndidi beside him (slightly ahead in the no 8) and Iwobi ahead of them ( in the no 10)

        For me I prefer the guile and ball distribution skill of Mikel to the gra-gra style of Etebo.

        Ndidi can play box to box like Etebo

        • Hah,dats a tall complement o,stop it you are “embarrassing” me.hehe.
          You must have a good heart yourself @FatherJP.
          Well,just trying to be me, I hope we all get better and better.
          Thanks a lot sir,I’m a male specie domiciled in Waffy for now.

          • Glory 2 years ago

            Even if you say u b woman, saying you dey waffy for make father JP, change direction. If not, kasala go burst when u cast, as him no go like make bottle ring 4 him head. Loool….Warri..

          • Kk @Glory,u wan weave our yarns?U go pay deve o.
            Anyway,don’t pre-empt FatherJP jore&not every Waffarian is a slave 2 those famous waffi tendencies pls.

  • My 1st eleven for 2new’s match:
    Vincent Enyeama at the post
    Back: yobo, babayaro, Echiejile,Udeze
    Mid field: Ikocha, Onazi, Oruma
    Forward: finidi, Amokachi, Agali.
    Even with the above, SA go hear am. UP EAGLES!!!! Nig 2 vs 0 RSA.

  • Christian rowland 2 years ago

    CJ, I totally agree with your team selection, but we can only make 3 changes, not 4 lol.

  • femi Ajimuda 2 years ago

    Hmmmmm. The match today is going to be a cracker! South Africa believes they have our no now just because they beat us here in Uyo. Well! Well!! Well!!!

    With the way we both play, i belief our coach will do a proper job to put 200% fit personnel on the pitch.

    South Africa will be fast, massively defend and supersonically counter-attack (one of the ways we were beaten in Nigeria and same way with Egypt).

    I want to belief that the coach may start thus:
    = Akpeyi as GK
    = Awaziem/Ekong/Aina as Defenders
    = Ndidi/Mikel as Defensive Midfielders
    = Iwobi/Etebo/Musa as Offensive or Attacking Midfielders
    = Onyekuru or Paul and Ighalo as Attackers

    i think we should play 3-2-3-2 while attacking; 5-4-1 or 5-3-2 while defending or 3-5-2 so as to choke the midfield.

    I have the following advice for the team-
    1. Our defenders (the whole team) should be acutely aware of the SAs movement at all times. 200% alertness is key.
    2. The team should make sure the rate of recovery after overlapping is good or else the wingers of SA will utilise the space.
    3.We should cover for each other. That killed the team in Uyo against the same team and they used it against Egypt as well. Over-attacking (everyone attacking at the same time and leaving serious gaps for the opponents) has always been our albatross (check 1982 Nations Cup in Libya, 1990 group match with Algeria, 1998 match with Denmark at the France WC to mention a few)
    4. We should take our chances. Ghana sealed their own fate against Tunisia when J. Ayew lost that glorious chance in the dying minutes of the match. Nigeria lost out against Italy at USA ’94 when we didn’t take our other chances after going one up.

    Long live Nigeria! Long live The Super Eagles!

  • Prince 2 years ago

    My fellow brothers  
    My sheer contribution as a patriotic and noble kinsman !

    Honestly I will suggest and simply advise Coach Gohr to stick with the winning team that defeated Cameroon with maybe the change of staring Chukwueze instead of Simon. 
    However, I might advise the Coach and most especially our lads on the Tactics of the South Africans They play exactly the most recent tactical approach of soccer. This is based on Wing play, one-touch passes and swift counter attack! They have being playing this pattern on all their matches and it proved a point against Ivory Coast, Morocco and Egypt ! 
    And other teams that plays such include Senegal, Ivory Coast, Algeria and Mail Sadly Mail is out of the tournament but against Ivory Coast, they did dominated open play! 

    Nigeria has the talents to excute a “counter-substitution” approach to neutralize and possibly defeat such game tactical approach. The setup formation should be the 4-3-3 but in ball possession it switches to 4-1-3-1 and in lose of the ball or in defending mode, it maintains a 3-4-2-1 diamond formation with the very first striker (Ighalo) defending !!! Playing South Africa, 
    The Super Eagles must have a pivotal man-marker (Ndidi) and 2 pivot swift wingers (Musa & Chukwueze) and a pivotal playmaker (Iwobi) On no account should Ndidi move away from the middle of the central defenders (Ekong and Omeruo) 
    Omeruo should have the task of marking the striker (Mothiba or Lorch)..and Ekong stay for the cleanup !
    I opt for Ken Omeruo ahead of Ekong because he is way stronger and have a better recovery technique and that’s how he plays for his current club in Spain!

    South African plays a sole striker and two wings but their most influential, most productive and most dangerous man is Tau!
    And that’s where Ndidi must play his best.
    Ndidi is currently the Brazilian Casemiro of the SE !…and Etebor have a special task of complementing Ndidi (Defending) and Iwobi (Attacking)!
    Ndidi must watch Tau like an Eagle and be with him at all time …. the Egyptians make that mistake and paid the price !

    For Iwobi, he is a gifted lad and he plays his very best game when he plays the one-touch swift exchange !
    He must play with Musa, Chukwueze and most importantly Ighalo!!

    Our Winger Musa and Chukwueze must know when to attack and when to help with midfield play! It is very vital !
    Our back 2 and 3 (Aina and Awaziem or Collins) must strive to  complement one another …if one is attacking, the other stays to make a strong back 3 to wade off a possible counter-attack !

    And for Oghalo…as the striker he should be with the Teo South African defenders at all time …goal scoring is his main priority as well as starting the high line of defending for the SE!

    The only team that had a striker do that to the South African was Ivory Coast and it paid off during the match because most Bafana Bafana attack is launched from the back line defenders to the wingers who either finds the influential Tau or crosses to the striker Mothiba !!!

    South African will hold the lines in the midfield. Their gameplay will definitely be the swift counter-attacking technics and disciplined defending!!!

    Another gameplan (plan B) that South African might employ is taking the game to Penalty shootouts !
    Any weaker team will definitely employ such gameplan!
    That was their plan against the Egyptians until they got that breakthrough and scored that important goal in open play!

    So now, if the South African team opted to defend in open play to a draw and “frustrate” the Super Eagles to the shootouts, my question will be;
    1. Do SE have five PK takers (eg Madagascar and Tunisia)
    2. Do SE have a goalkeeper to stand a chance of saving a spot kick or two (Tunisia)
    Hints ; Penalty Takers : Ighalo, Iwobi, Etebor, Ndidi, Aina and Goalkeeper (Ezenwa)

    I love my Country so much and I will pray and believe that come today, we will be victorious against South African.
    However, all things must be put right and properly done to achieve success!
    God is for all and so He will definitely help you if you do your homework well and dedicatively execute your task!

    My ideal team list 
    Awaziem – Ekong – Omeruo – Aina
    Musa – Iwobi – Chukwueze 

    Subs if we need goals 
    Onyekuru – Awaziem 
    Osiemhen – Musa 
    Subs if we are winning 
    Onyekuru – Chukwueze 
    Mikel – Iwobi
    Balogun – Awaziem 
    If it goes in extra time where a fourth sub is alllowed 
    Ezenwa for Akpeyi

    Go Super Eagles !
    Viva !!!

    • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

      Very good analysis. Thumbs us to you sir…!
      But “if Ndidi cannot move away from the middle of the central defenders (Ekong and Omeruo)”, how can he then “watch Tau like an Eagle and be with him at all time”

      • I commend such a painstaking analysis @Prince. FatherJP, also highlighted that Simon tracks back more than Chukwueze.
        But great question there Dr Drey,worth some ponder.

    • abba rossi 2 years ago

      Nice1 prince good analysis but were is balogun don’t forget balogun is a good defender any day regargless of slip again Madagascar as an error but in any day I prefer him with Omeruo ahead of Ekong cos of his Agility and work rate and his is very good on the air,he won almost all the set piece on the air unlike ekong and omeruo and he ve ability to move forward with confident when the need arise.

  • According to a report:

    Based on the training session of the team, Rohr has picked Jamilu Collins in the team that contains most of the regular players ahead ‎of Aina who has so far played in every game for Nigeria.

    Aina could, however, shift to the right back position which is his preferred role but Rohr has been very impressed with the performance of Chidozie Awaziem who has filled in admirably well as cover since the injury to regular right back Shehu Abdullahi in the first game.

    Another move made by the coach is the decision to hand a start to Samuel Chukwueze for the second time in this tournament ‎ahead of Moses Simon who will be given a rest for the game.

    For now, the two changes appear to be the ones the coach will likely make to the team that started the 3-2 win over Cameroon in the round of 16.

    Rohr explains: “Onyekuru and Osimhen are young and they are here to learn. Musa and Ighalo are experienced so they are the ones to start. For Onyekuru, he has to first fight with Simon and Chukwueze for a position and then maybe for the central position. For Osimhen, he has to be stronger. In training, any touch he falls down. So I tell him to be strong.”

    • So, based on this report, today’s lineup will be:

      Daniel Akpeyi
      Chigozie Awaziem
      Williams Troost-Ekong
      Kenneth Omeruo
      Jamiliu Collins
      Oghenekaro Etebo
      Wilfred Ndidi
      Samuel Chukwueze
      Alex Iwobi
      Ahmed Musa
      Odion Ighalo

      THE CHANGES MADE: Jamiliu Collins & Sam Chuwueze starting in place of Ola Aina and Simon Moses

      • Kaylord 2 years ago

        Would be a mistake. Awaziem will be shown up against the pacy South Africans. Play your fit players in their appropriate positions. I prefer Aina there at RFB

  • ofrans 2 years ago

    In my candid opinion,Rohr should stick to winning team,and he should make early change, that is he should introduce Chukwaeze early in the game 

  • Sunnyb 2 years ago

    Rohr should watch South Africa against Ivory Coast  match,the Ivorian has given us the blue print on how to defeat these boastful  Banana banana. Deny them spaces attack them from the wings and instruct Iwobi to track back to help Ndidi and etebo is our game to loose.

  • Kaylord 2 years ago

    The defense was atrocious against Cameroon. Omeruoh and Awaziem were awful for the first goal. Aina and Omeruoh were diabolical for the second goal. Ekong has been having a poor tournament. Rohr needs to ring changes in Defense.

  • Ndubuisi 2 years ago

    Greetings everyone and congrats in advance. In less than 6 hours the much talked about game will kick off. The tension is increasingly rising. South Africa surprised even themselves by beating Egypt and deservedly won as they played better, created more chances and won the game. I took sometime off to watch the replay between Egypt and South Africa I discovered Egypt were beaten cos of over reliance on Salah and when he could not influence the game they lost. Super Eagles is not built on one person and that will be South African biggest challenge. We may not have played the best free flowing football but we are efficient. Mali dominated play against Ivory Coast but indecision and inexperience cost them the match. Nigeria will punish I repeat will punish South Africa if they make mistakes at the back. Musa will play a key role in this game and I see him scoring his 1st goal in this tournament. Am excited that all 23 players are fully back. I expect Collins to take over the left back position and Awaziem should maintain the right full back. Awaziem may not be so good going forward but he’s doing a great work at the back. He is very good in nodding out ball especially from dead ball situations. Tau will not roar today as Ndidi will do a good Job on him. South Africa will draw comfort from the last 4 meetings with Nigeria where they’ve not lost. I have read a lot about Akpeyi weak points they intend to capitalise on, but I remembered 2 occasions we drew with them in their home Akpeyi kept and he did not disappoint. Akpeyi I give it to you that you won’t disappoint today. The match promises to be interesting and explosive but at the end our quality we prevail. Nigeria will just edge South Africa.