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Ruthless Oliseh And 4 Other Things Learnt From Nigeria Vs Niger

The Home Eagles began their CHAN campaign on a winning note defeating Niger 4-1 in Rwanda on Monday.

Here are 5 things that we learnt from the encounter as presented by Completesportnigeria.com's JOHNNY EDWARD…

1. Oliseh is no respecter of players

Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh for the umpteenth time showed he isn't a respecter of players when wielding the big axe.

The ex-international wasted no time in hauling off Jamiu Alimi after 16 minutes when the defender failed to settle in.

Oliseh also hauled off Lukman Haruna after 15 minutes against Tanzania in Dar- Es- Salaam, and wasted no time in substituting Rabiu Ibrahim in the goalless draw against Swaziland.

The former Borussia Dortmund star also left out the trio of John Mikel, Obafemi Martins and Elderson Echiejile from the starting line-up that beat Swaziland 2-0 in Port Harcourt. 

 

2. Okoro, Chikatara the new kids on the block

Osas Okoro came on to the scene in 2011 when Samson Siasia was coach of the team but waited for four years to gain recognition. 

The Rangers FC playmaker scored Nigeria's first goal in the on-going African Nations Championship in Rwanda and provided an assist for Chisom Chikatara's stunning goal.

Chikatara proved his 13 goals wasn't a fluke in the just concluded Nigerian Premier League season.

The Eagles star took his chances cleverly when he had them. First, a thunderous strike from the edge of the box while the second and third were clinical finishes from the box.

At the moment, they are both undroppable for the game against Tunisia on Friday until they fail to put up the performance that endeared him to the hearts of the Nigerian coach.

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3. Eagles are yet to be clinical finishers

The Home Eagles scored all four goals in the second half of their opening win against Niger but could have scored more than that. 

Chisom Chikatara scored a second half hat trick after he came on as a substitute to win the Orange Man of the Match to send Nigeria top of group C but also missed good opportunities. 

From 17 shots, 11 on goal, Nigeria could only score four goals, showing the Eagles are not yet clinical enough.

 

4. Eagles are slow starters

For the umpteenth time, the Eagles failed to stamp their authority in the opening stages of a game. 

The failed to string good passes in their play but grew in confidence as the game wore on to extend their winning streak against the Mena to five games.

 

5. Who is missing GbolahanSalami?

Warri Wolves forward Gbolahan Salami pulled out of the African Nations Championship currently due to his aspirations of playing abroad.

The Eagles star will not be missed as the attack of Tunde Adeniji, Chisom Chikatara and Osas‎ Okoro look like delivering.

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