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Serie A Eagles Roundup: Troost-Ekong’s Udinese Win At Obi’s Chievo; Aina Subbed Off In Torino Defeat

Serie A Eagles Roundup: Troost-Ekong’s Udinese Win At Obi’s Chievo; Aina  Subbed Off In Torino Defeat

By Johnny Edward:
Super Eagles defender, William Troost-Ekong clashed with his international teammate, midfielder Joel Obi, in a Serie A match on Sunday at the Marcantonio Bentegodi stadium in Verona. And it was Troost-Ekong who emrged winner as Udinese bagged an impressive 2-0 away win, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Obi played 79 minutes for Chievo, and was replaced by Sergio Pellissier while his compatriot, Ekong featured for the entire duration of the game for Udinese

The 25 year old Ekong has made five Serie A appearances for Udinese so far.

Super Eagles fringe defender, Ola Aina played for 77 minutes for Torino who lost 3-1 at home to Napoli in Sunday’s Italian Serie A clash at the Olimpico Stadium in Rome.

A brace from Lorenzo Insigne and another strike from Simone Verdi secured a fourth win of the season for Napoli in the Serie A.

Andrea Belotti scored a consolatory goal from the spot for Torino in the 51st minute.

The 21 year old defender was subbed off for Vittorio Parigini in his fourth start of the season for Torino.

Aina has made five appearances since he joined on a season loan deal from Chelsea.

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  • Greenturf 3 years ago

    Liverpool and Reims of france Ojo has declared interest in honouring invitation if invited by the super eagles of Nigeria.
    So hoping the Nigerian management team are all ears to this news because Ojo is a great talent.

    • Nice one. Adebayo Akinfenwa has also pledged what is left of his international future to Nigeria.
      He will be a beast of an Eagle

  • Chairmanfemi 3 years ago

    Great Signs of the Amaju-led board. Bringing and creating the passion for Nigeria in Nigerian players born-oversea. Ademola Lookman is also close to playing for Nigeria. Nigeria should please follow Arnaut Danjuma up oo that guy na BEAST of a striker and winger. He’s playing for Club Brugge and also got on the scoresheet today again

  • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

    Our players are all doing great in Europe now. That’s good for the SuperEagles as a dominant period begins.

    Based on current form my first 11 against Libya is as follows.

    Uzoho. Although not playing regularly, but he plays in cup games so I expect him to keep his place between the sticks.

    Back four. Aina, Ekong, Collins and Balogun for his experience.

    Midfield trio. Ndidi, Obi/Etebo, General Mikel.

    Front three. SuperEagles are so spoilt for choice in this area. If everyone is available the coach will have about 10 players to choose from. Musa, Kalu, Onyekuru, Simon, Iwobi, Iheanacho, Simy Nwankwo, Kayode and possibly Odey based on his exploits recently. If I have to choose my front three. It will be Iwobi, Musa and Iheanacho, but it’s very hard to ignore Kalu. #FLY LIKE AN EAGLE INTO THE FUTURE# SUPEREAGLES ON THE HORIZON.

    • I’d see how Moses Simon does in successive games before picking him. Personally I’ll wait till the SA match in Novemeber as we have two able bodies in Iwobi and Onyekuru on the left wing to cover for his absence. My centre two attackers I’d have Musa and Odey/Nwakaeme/Ujah (one of them on the bench) and right side S Kalu/Iheanacho. I’ve gone for Iwobi on the left and Iheanacho on the right (not necessarily right wing but attacking from the right) because this is where they are most effective for their respective clubs

      My midfield trio would be Ndidi, Ogu and Etebo with Joel, Eze (QPR) and Onazi on the bench. My defensive line will be Collins, Balogun, Troost and Aina with Ajayi, Awaziem, Eze (Plovdiv) and M Musa (Gorica) on the bench. Yes, Uzoho in goal, but I’d replace Ezenwa on the bench with Afelokhai who is benching him in Eyimba in the CAF CC.

      Mikel, Omeruo and Nwakali were not in their team’s squads last week. It remains to be seen if they get game time. I have no qualms adding Balogun and Awaziem as they are on the bench for their teams (training and fit) but not if they are not even in their match day squad.

      I’d also have the following on standby: Defence: Obilor HJK, Oboabona (Gorika) Lft back, M Musa (Gorika) and S Sincere (Yeni)RB, Midfield: Abdul Ajagun (Kortjik), Uche Agbo (Std Lierge), Ibrahim Alhassan (CD Nacional)and attack: Sam Chukwueze (Villareal) LW, Orji Okonkwo (Bologna)RW and which ever of the Musa subs not chosen.

      It makes sense to have a backup for almost every position so that we allow players time to heal properly if they are coming back from injury

    • Against Libya, I think the Super Eagles should tactically soak pressure and hit them on deadly counter-attacks earlier on before settling to dictate the tempo.

      Ndidi could be key in looking to intercept the Libyans, feed Mikel who will play a long ball from deep to sprinting forwards.

      With pace aplenty, Iheanacho could play as a false 9 behind two pacey wingers who can beat their men and cut back to either him on an on-rushing Etebo.

      The full-backs will need to be comfortable overlapping with decent deliveries into the box.

      These deliveries need not be for headers but for volleys.

      Pressing tactics would be advisable as the Lybians should not be afforded time and space with the ball.

      Once we have taken a 2 goals lead, effective games- management tactics should be deployed to see the game out.

  • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

    Nwakaeme and Ujah should never come anywhere near the SuperEagles again. They’ve had their chances and they flopped big time. I will give Odey a chance to prove himself since he was a top scorer in the NPFL before his move abroad. I can never take Ogu ahead of Mikel. I’ll take an half fit Mikel all day everyday ahead of Ogu. The rest of the options are okay, but they will all have to prove themselves when given the opportunity.

    • Your prerogative, but my ethos is “so well for your club, do well for country”. I’ll never sanction taking someone who is half fit over a player in form. 
      Form is temporary, talent is permanent. That a player flopped three years ago but are firing on all cylinders in 2018 means they deserve another chance. That’s what friendlies are for. 
      Onyekuru took his chance, Collins took his chance, Nwakali did not against Liberia. It was not rocket science to see that the former two are performing for their clubs whilst Nwakali cannot lock down a starting place for his club. 
      I say give them a chance during friendliest but field on form (in normal position during a competitive match. The SE today are a different team to what they were 3 years ago

      • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

        I don’t even think Mikel is not fit. He played 90 minutes last week. Maybe he was rested this week. Nwakaeme hasn’t scored since his brace about three weeks ago way before the international brake. I will always prefer an imposition Nwankwo ahead of Nwakaeme and Ujah. I’m not sure Ujah has started any match for Mainz this season. I don’t have a problem with coach giving them a chance if he needs them. However, the options in attack are way too much for them to break into the team. You must be extremely talented to displace any one in the SuperEagles attack. IMHO both Nwakaeme and Ujah are not better than Ighalo.

        • And if I make an exception for Mikel given that YES he does A LOT for the team, I would include him alongside Ndidi in a midfield duo and sacrifice Joel who hasn’t done much with all the chances he has been given. This Ogu as sub left side of midfield (given that he is two footed) and Etebo/Onazi on the right.

          Onazi fumbled big time in the run up to the World Cup, but seems to be doing ok this season with Trabzonspor.

          And yes, Nwankwo has redeemed himself with goals for both his club and against Liberia so deserves a second look ahead of those two.

          Let’s see what happens with all three with their clubs in the two weeks running up to the match. I will say though that scoring two goals with what? 30 minutes played in the German bundesliga trumps a goal or two in the Italian second division and against Gerorge Weah and his merry men though

          • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

            I don’t know any right thinking coach who will sacrifice Obi if he’s fit. In the present SuperEagles midfield only Ndidi and Mikel are the ones I will rank ahead of him. He was our best player the first time we defeated Argentina 4-1 in Abuja. Against Poland leading to the Mundial he complimented Ndidi very well in midfield and he never lost a competitive match in a SuperEagles jersey. I only wish Abdul Ajagun can be called up. For me the coach should stick to the WorldCup midfield of Etebo, Ndidi and MIkel if all is available. after those three Joel Obi is next in my pecking order. From all indications it seems Rohr is contempt with Ogu as a makeshift defender whenever the need arises. There might be a reason for that, Using Ogu and Ndidi is exactly the same as Ndidi and Onazi. Our midfield can never be mobile with either of Ogu or Onazi in it. Obi provides an energetic presence that allows Ndidi to move freely with the ball at his feet same with Etebo. Ujah is a good forward, but he’s not better than Ighalo. Simy will be my preferred option for now until we find something better. We’ll see how things pan out in the next two weeks leading to the two crucial games coming up.