» Super Eagles Started On Winning Note by: Paradigm(m) .:. Sat, 13 Jun, 2015 - 03:21:21:pm GMT
Three-time champions Nigeria got their 2017 Africa Nations Cup (Afcon) qualification campaign off to a flyer with a 2-0 win over Chad in Kaduna on Saturday. Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi handed debuts to Anderson Esiti and Kingsley Madu while usual suspects Vincent Enyeama, Ogenyi Onazi, Ahmed Musa and Kenneth Omeruo all got starting berths. Madu had Nigeriaâ€™s first chance of the day when he charged through midfield to fire wildly with an unexpected shooting opportunity beckoning inside the first 10 minutes. Surprisingly, the first real chance of the game came the way of the visitors, but Ezechiel N'Douassel fired wide when the ball fortuitously fell to him in the 17th minute with the Nigerian defence looking sluggish and unable to clear. Nigeria responded with an attack of their own in the 23rd minute when Musaâ€™s free-kick from 25 yards out was spectacularly tipped over for a corner by Mbairamadji Dillah. The Super Eagles were concentrating their attacks down the left-hand channel where Salami was having a swell time. Nigeria almost opened the scoring in the 32nd minute when Musaâ€™s delivery from a corner was met by a thumping Leon Balogun header that missed the target. Salami continued to impress and shortly after Balogun failed to open the scoring, he was presented with the gameâ€™s best chance yet when the impressive Madu fed him with a low cross from the left. Without breaking his stride, Salami struck a powerful shot which Dillah did well to beat away. The Warri Wolves striker followed up the rebound with a looping header, which bounced off the top of the net. Nigeria were now on the ascendancy but Chad continued to defend resolutely. On 38 minutes, Nigeria captain Enyeama showed why heâ€™s regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world when he miraculously kept out Azrack Mahamatâ€™s effort after a fortuitous N'Douassel shot fell along his path. Nigeria started the second half on the front foot and should have scored three minutes from time but for some poor decision making by Madu. The left-back opted to shoot rather than pass and struck his shot from outside the penalty area as the groans began to mount among the home teamâ€™s support. On 53 minutes, Nigeria came closest to scoring but Aaron Samuel watched in agony as his fiercely- struck free kick clattered off the foot of the post. Keshi rang the changes on the hour and the effect was immediate, deadly and efficient. Rabiu Ibrahim replaced Babatunde while Odion Ighalo came on for the injured Samuel. Salami received a pass just inside the Chad box and his first touch set him up nicely before he unleashed a venomous shot which two goalkeepers would have struggled to keep out. The three-time African champions were now playing with style, swagger and confidence and almost doubled their lead just seconds later. Asselmo gave away a penalty in the 79th minute after wrestling Ighalo to the ground and in the ensuing melee, Onazi was given a straight red card for an unnecessary scuffle with a the Chadian defender. Ighalo kept his nerve and dispatched the penalty to ensure there would be no grand stand finish from a Chadian perspective with just 10 minutes left on the clock. Nigeria thus stormed to the top of group F with the second game in the group G between Egypt and Tanzania still to come. But a lot still needed to be done in terms of cohesion as some of them are debutants and are yet to gel with the team. Line-ups Nigeria: Enyeama, Leon Balogun, Kingsley Madu, Kenneth Omeruo, William Troost-Ekong Anderson Esiti, Ogenyi Onazi, Babatunde Michael (Rabiu Ibrahim 60â€™) Ahmed Musa, Aaron Samuel ( Odion Ighalo 62â€™), Gbolahan Salami (John Ogu 85â€™). Chad: Mbairamadji Dillah, Constant MadtoinguÃ©, Massama Asselmo, KÃ©vin Nicaise, Nadjim Haroun, Morgan Betorangal (Beadoum Monde 86â€™), Marius Mbaiam (Mahamat Labo 61â€™), Hilaire KÃ©digui, Azrack Mahamat, Ezechiel N'Douassel, Ninga Casimir.
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Re: Super Eagles Started On Winning Note by: Piwizo(m) .:. Mon, 18 Feb, 2019 - 08:39:19:am GMT
My problem with super eagles is this, we don't have a pattern, we can't play good football and say this is our style or brand of football, there's more to football than actually winning games, take for instance Spanish National team, we all know their brand of football it's called Tiki Taka that means a brand of football that's based on possession, so it's very difficult that any national team in the world will play the Spanish team and win possession, now Spain are so good in possession that they allow the ball do the running and they have technical players that enables them to play one two touch football, by the time the opponent is tired running because of chasing the football, Spain make use of the spaces and give killer passes then they score, that's how they won the 2010 World Cup, they scored less than 10 goals in the whole tournament but they won the cup, the greatest team trophy in football, Germany on the other hand play counter football fast wingers physical midfielders and strong defense with one of the greatest keeper ever, and they stuck to their style and played fast football, they attack their opponents like bees, that's how they won the 2014 World Cup, they are the only national team in the world that plays like a club side because everything is there, now back to the super eagles, it really doesn't matter that we won but how we won, looking at the bigger picture for our future stars, no wonder some of our players decided to represent other nations because the structure is far better than ours, look at Alaba he's doing good for Austria, look at Dele Alli he is doing fantastic for England, it's time for Nigeria to wake up and restructure our team, a country of over 190 million people deserve to be competing with the worlds best country if the structure is right! I hope for a better Nigeria team, one that would put joy on the faces of its citizen and of course with passionate players whom are willing to wear the green and white jersey.