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5 Things Learned From Super Eagles Draw With Tanzania

Completesportsnigeria.com’s IZUCHUKWU OKOSI highlights the lessons learned from the Super Eagles’ drab goalless draw with Tanzania in their Saturday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Dar es Salaam.

1. Carl Ikeme Is Good Alternative To Enyeama

The Man of the Match in Saturday’s game was undoubtedly Wolverhampton’s Carl Ikeme. The 29-year-old shot stopper was outstanding on Saturday and was the difference between a poor Super Eagles side and a defeat.

Ikeme justified his invitation to the Super Eagles with a heroic performance against the Taifa Stars.

However, it’s too early to call for Vincent Enyeama’s replacement outrightly. He remains Nigeria’s number one for now.

Despite the excellent debut of Ikeme, his understanding with the defenders is still vital. At a point in the game, he and Kenneth Omeruo got on the way of each other though thankfully the defender kicked the ball out of touch.

Enyeama still assures one of stability and organisation in the Nigerian defence.

2. Simon Moses Is Good Choice For The Left Wing

Simon Moses started on the left wing position and his pace and trickery was okay.

The Eagles have Ahmed Musa as the man for the right wing but the left side of attack is still open for the likes of Moses; Victor Moses, Emem Eduok etc.

Oliseh will do well to work on the effectiveness of his wingers’ crosses. They should also improve on their dead ball skills.

3. Average Performance Against ‘Average’ Teams

The Super Eagles of late have been churning out tepid performances. The confidence and composure of their supposedly smaller opposition like Tanzania clearly shows that teams in Africa no longer fear the once dreaded Super Eagles.

Nigeria were defeated by Congo in Uyo and held twice by South Africa within a year; these games proving costly as Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2015 African Cup of Nations where they would have defended the title they won two years earlier.

The Eagles were also defeated 1-0 by ‘minnows’ Uganda in a friendly game in March and held 2-2 by Ethiopia in a 2012 AFCON qualifier in Addis Ababa.

The Eagles no longer have a play-making talent in the mould of Austin Okocha whose moments of ingenuity can swing matches in favour of the team.

They lose balls carelessly in the midfield and their passes most times go astray.

Gone are the days opponents tremble at the thought of playing against the 1980, 1994 and 2013 AFCON winners.

4. The Poor Away Results Continue

The Super Eagles are bad travellers in the continent, and they have continued to do badly against teams that they ordinarily should have put to the swords.

In the 90’s, the Super Eagles were guaranteed of victories even on away grounds against teams such as Tanzania. The question often asked then was how many goals will the unfortunate opponents concede.

The likes of Rashidi Yekini, Daniel Amokachi, Samson Siasia, Austin Okocha and Victor Ikpeba would have buried the chances the likes of Emmanuel Emenike, Anthony Ujah, Ahmed Musa and Emem Eduok failed to convert on Saturday in Dar es Salaam.

The Eagles defeated South Africa and Sudan 4-0 in a 1994 and 2002 World Cups qualifiers respectively but such ruthless performances are almost not guaranteed these days.

The Eagles attack in particular is no longer potent and that is very worrying.

5. Uneasy Transition From Pundit To Coach

Perhaps pundits should be coaches even if for one game, so that they will understand the enormous pressure coaches go through.

Sunday Oliseh is a fantastic analyser of the game and one of the attributes of pundits is to criticise coaches, sometimes harshly.

Oliseh blew everyone away with his analysis and understanding of the game during the 2013 African Cup of Nations tournament with a pay tv channel, but on Saturday the former Eagles midfield star was under the spotlight.

The difference between the pundit and the coach is that while the pundit craves for the aesthetics, the coach is pragmatic with his approach.

Oliseh must have taken his lesson notes carefully on Saturday, and hopefully, that will translate to a better outing in the team’s next games because the Super Eagles performance in the match against Tanzania was very poor.

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24 Comments

  1. Reply Post By sunny Udemba

    Guadiola of Africa will know that theory is different from practical.

  2. we really missed John Mikel obi and ogenyi onazi in the midfield..

  3. I watched the game with keen interest and I kept asking myself why Oliseh stuck to two holding midfielders that sat too deep when we needed a supporting striker badly. To me, that was the difference between a draw and a victory for us. But his removal of Lukman was very commendable. I believe Igboun is promising and can fit into the number 10 Jersey perfectly.

  4. Oliseh should learn from Keshi African football is not europe the likes of salami are needed even for bench role,players who will throw everything,,,then clinical finisher around the box abeg forget ebede fc players and bring real midfielders anderson and onazi can change the next game.

  5. Reply Post By Marshall

    Now Oliseh will know that coaching is not same as sitting on supersports and be criticizing Keshi and the rest. I thought he will score Tanzania 5-0. Hmm, football is not mouth, anyway i believe he will stop talking now and stay focus and build a good team. Thank God we didn’t lose.

  6. Oliseh should prepare well to end well let him show disciplinary in the team the team have Good players that exhibit self skill but lack team work the result is not far distance from late arrival to camp

  7. Oliseh should call back, Mba, Mikel, Onazi, Ideye and Moses,these players are match winners simple, and you will see Emmenike will start to scoring goals again, he should go back and watch the last nations cup and learn from that competition(2013), here every nation want to beat Nigeria, so Oliseh need experience players,not players that are just playing the game, we need players that can win match, and Sunday Mba is the answer…..

  8. Reply Post By KALU KELECHI GABRIEL

    Please guys remember that onazi was suspended

  9. Reply Post By Saint Palmer

    Thank God they all criticised KESHI for having NO TEAM, So if the AFRICA GUADIOLA failed nobody will say he failed with KESHI`s TEAM.

  10. My Fellow Nigerians, can I have a word with you all? First, we need to exercise patients! Second, “No courage without fear.” It takes a lot of courage to keep on moving because winners never quit and quitters never win…don’t shy of defeat rise up learn from it, that was exact what coach Sunday Olishe did in yesterday’s match. Let’s wait and see what the coach is going to do on Tuesday against Niger. Then, we can start talking but for now, no clue because this is a new team entirely. God bless Nigeria!

  11. He who knows football should now realise Mikel Obi is a great footballer,his presence there would av transformed the team,yeah, Coach Oliseh said he called in Mikel, and he never picked up the phone, we will see how that drama will conclude,and you Nigerians can talk,atleast we can now see Keshi is and was the best man for the job,he understand the African game, there have to be a mix with the home base players in such circumstances, because they are used to the rough pitch and weather, and am not saying they all av to be home based, the best among them,but Oliseh am not saying you not a good coach, we are watching, its actually a shame sacking a coach during the qualifying, where on earth will such FA sack a coach at a crucial time, cos he has to finish what he started, he started by winning Chad, so Oliseh am not blaming you, get Mikel back,get Onazi back after his suspension, and word such player, the red card he gave us during chad can cost ones team, then Oshinawa did not do bad at all in the last world cup, he is far better than Uwa Ejijele,Karl Ikeme is a wonderful Goal Keeper, remeinder me of Dodo Mayana, Peter Rufia, always Calm, a shame our past coaches never took advantage when he was in his early 20s, RELIED So much on Austin Ejide and co, who did nothing,Moses Victor, we need him,and you coach Oliseh do the rest,you in a hot sit, and i see criticisms coming to you soon,Shame to Christain CHUKWU, YOU don’t say the truth,for me NFF should not av sacked The BIG BOSS, all done now, Oliseh i wish you all the best, and please fight for the players as you always do during your playing days so the will be dedicated. God Bless you Oliseh and SUPER EAGLES TEAM.

  12. Reply Post By Marshall

    @ presh, Carl Ikeme has been with eagles before now but never made first team, please don’t think Oliseh is the first coach to invite, he was actual invited first by Amodu when he was the eagles coach if i am not mistaken. Listen, i have been watching Carl for long time, he’s not that better but just got lucky yesterday, it was his day so congrats to him but lets not start praising him and condemning those other former keepers who has been there before him

  13. oliseh should learn from keshi bcos he know much about africa player than him besides i dont see reason why keshi was sack,anyway let oliseh build the team around the senior player not the junior.oliseh should know that he need those call senior player and let him pick them base on their performance people like mikel,obafemi,onazi after suspention

  14. You guys don’t really know the mess Nigeria is in as par qualifying for the 2017 AFCON. We have 13 groups and the leaders if each group automatically qualify plus the host making it 14. The remaining 2 teams to make it 16 teams that will go AFCON will be the 2nd best of all the groups with 4 teams. Any group with 3 team does not qualify for the remaining 2 teams. As it stand, Egypt is leading our group and I strongly believe they will win ALL their matches home&away. Can Nigeria be among the best 2 since we are in a group made up of 4 teams? I will visit this site again after collating all the statistics. I dey shake with fear and worry. It’s most like we will miss the next AFCON again, unless the 16 is increased to 24 or Egypt mess up. I wish Egypt mess up. Oliseh don kill us oooooo!!!!!!!!!!

  15. As of today what is Nigeria’s chances of qualifying:-
    A. Togo-6; Tunisia-3.
    B. Angola-4; Congo DR-3.
    C. Mali-3; South Sudan-3.
    D. Uganda-6; Burkina Faso-3.
    E. Congo-4; Zambia-4.
    F. Cape Verde-6; Morocco-6.
    G. Egypt-6; Nig-4.
    H. Ghana-6; Rwanda-3.
    I. Gabon-4; Sudan-3.
    J. Algeria-6; Ethiopia-4.
    K. Senegal-6; Burundi-3.
    L. Swaziland-4; Zambia-4
    M. Cameroon-6; Mauritania-3.
    Assumption now-
    Group F may like also take one if the 2 best losers, remaining one spot for Groups E, G, J, L to grab. Does Nigeria have a chance? March 2016 will tell when we play Egypt. I hope Oliseh is also doing all the calculation too.

  16. Football is not a bed of roses Let oliseh try his own best keshi has play his own rull n now He is gone let us join hand as nigerian to uplift supereagle bcause is a team of all we d nigerians.

  17. Reply Post By soceratese

    Our U-20 full squad would have beaten Tanzania silly!!! The bitter truth is that right now, Nigeria has no senior team. And with the rubbish they played yesterday, I hope y’all are not expecting this team to qualify cuz it’ll only take a miracle to do so. As for me, I’d lost hope completely after Egypt thrashed Chad 5-1 yesterday. I’m talking about the same Chad that we could only beat 2-0 at home. Na wa oooo!!! NFF abeg bring us foreign coach abeg.

  18. Reply Post By soceratese

    @ Skin, I really do like ur comment. That is our winning team right there!

  19. Amanju Picnic and his gang of thieves went to bring an armchair critic to caoch a whole Super Eagles and this is the result. They frustrated Keshi, but it is our football they have buried. Just look at the nonsense these people are doing with our football. They changed the best black coach in the world for this armchair coach. We just may have kissed qualification goodbye.

  20. Sunday mba and moses should be included in d team, and he should just leave mikel obi bcos he is not d kind of midfielder dat we need he should also include Babatunde

  21. Whether you like it or not,Keshi will not be there forever! Agreed he’s the best coach that understands us or that achieved the best for us. Will you shun other coaches cos of lack of experience? Is Keshi the only coach we have in Nigeria? You people said you don’t want foreign coach and you don’t want to try other coaches for fear of failure! You better move on!! Nigeria,at the present,needs to quit comfort zone and try all options.

    The issue of castigation of coach has been our problem. If Keshi is still there,I bet there won’t be much difference to what Eagles played. Eagles were insipid under Keshi too and they will display the same traits under any coach at a start,even if ti is Mourinho or Pep. The fact is that we don’t have exceptional players again and the decline is still going and it may continue unabated.

    Again,this is a result of improper development which has been the bane of our sport generally. Our players learnt nothing or little in their formative years and subsequently stalled at a point;they have stunted growth in football so that they don’t attract big clubs.

    Just support the coach and the team that they will succeed,afterall,this is not a club you can buy players.

  22. Reply Post By chuddyl

    Agreed that Keshi won’t be there for ever, the question is; was his sack justified? what happened to his programme that NFF endorsed? did the Nff not see the original list of players that Keshi submitted? if they did and they agreed with him, why allow Oliseh with this new set of rookies like himself? or does the NFF think that the qualifiers are friendly matches? so many questions, but the truth is that NFF agreed to tow a bad bumpy path with the sack of Keshi or any other coach for that matter. Siasia did not qualify for 2012 edition because he was hired midway into the qualifiers. when will we ever learn?

  23. Reply Post By Nkereuwem jonah

    Its only football I do enjoy here. Lets give Oliseh his chance. He is under construction, it just late for such. We have players in nigeria their combination and tactist is what is needed. The major problem in the game is time to build up the team. Who build up the junior team should be nigerian choice of coach. But nigeria have their coach overnight. After oliseh would be okocha and so till one foreign coach. Let use the junior team as senior is has scramble…

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