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Amuneke: Effective Serbia Deserved Victory Over Disorganized Super Eagles

Amuneke: Effective Serbia Deserved Victory Over Disorganized Super Eagles

By Johnny Edward:

Emmanuel Amuneke has stated that the Super Eagles deserved to lose Tuesday’s friendly against Serbia at the Hive Stadium, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

A second-half brace from Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic gave Serbia a 2-0 win over Nigeria after the Super Eagles’ 1-0 victory over Poland last Friday in Wroclaw.

The defeat was the first for the Super Eagles in three friendly games under Gernot Rohr.

“The Serbians deserved their win as we were so disorganized in the midfield and the defence,” former Super Eagles star Amuneke told CSN.

“They (Serbians) were very effective in their possession and were better that our team when they were regrouping.

“For many of us watching with keen interest, it was not clear which roles the trio of Wilfred Ndidi, Ogenyi Onazi and Joel Obi were playing.”

On Francis Uzoho who failed to keep a clean sheet in his second start for the three-time African champions, former Nigeria U-17s and U-20s coach Amuneke said: “Players get stronger when they play in games like this and I believe he needs more of these games to improve.”

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 13
  • Lucky Ukhun 8 months ago

    Everybody is now talking. Nigerians are like that, always quick to praise and criticize at the same time. If I may ask: how good did you perform in your short-lived coaching job in Sudan? Let’s give the Eagles coach a chance, please!

    • Ayphillydegreat 8 months ago

      He knows exactly what he’s talking about. He was one of the reasons we have Uzoho, Kelechi, Ndidi, Simon and co in the SuperEagles today. Everyone keep jumping on Obi, but I think Ndidi in particular did not play well against Serbia. He was playing ahead of both Onazi and Obi instead of shielding the back four. Apart from Moses and Iwobi no one played better against Serbia. There was no coordination in Midfield and Defense. Awaziem was perhaps the best player in defense yesterday. Ekong was exposed big time. Ndidi keep running to the opposition box as if he’s Mikel instead of allowing Obi to remain further up. Onazi could not organise the middle and looked very heavy. The attack is a mess when Moses is not in the team. I’m glad we had these games to open our eyes and see the deficiencies of the team. That’s what friendly matches are for anyway.

    • cherechi 8 months ago

      My brother that’s the problem we have,everyone is now a coach

  • Abdulrazak 8 months ago

    A lot of Sunday morning experts coming out of the woods. He Amuneke last about three weeks in his coaching job and here he is proferring expert analysis.

  • ako amadi 8 months ago

    I’m glad Amuneke has voiced out observations many Nigerians made. The Super Eagles in the games against Poland and Serbia were playing as though they had never been coached. They were on the backfoot most of the time. Balls were ballooned anywhere from defenders in the hope that attackers find them and apply individual brilliance. In the end there was no strategy , no cohesion, senseless passing, poor first touch and embarrassing ball control, and no way forward, no shots on goal, nothing but sheer misery!!! One must begin to question the technical qualities and soccer intelligence of Gernot Rohr now that we are moving from playing African teams to playing tactically organized European opposition.

  • We don’t need blames, suggest solutions.
    I suggest Kelechi Nwakali as sub #10, and Fernando Adi as #9.
    I suggest we stick to 3-5-2 and 4-3-3 parttern

  • I was at the stadium. The pitch was just way too small. It is one of the smallest stadium/pitches in the UK. The boys could not express themselves very well. The Serbians were always quick to close them down with minimal effort. The stadium’s pitch suited the Serbians more. Just my opinion anyways.

  • I wonder y people keep lamenting…. The coach knows what he’s doing. For a coach to remove his best player at d half time(Victor Moses) what do u think he’s doing? Nowadays, Apart from Argentina, any game we win or goal we score comes from moses, either assist or he scores. So without moses, what do we get?
    Another observation, he tried Musa up front, later at d wings to know what he can do, don’t u people notice this?
    Then iwobi from the wings to the centre and iwobi performed better at that role(Since Mikel cannot play forever).
    Whether we like it or not, balogun is an injury prone…he must try another defender too in case he is not available then Awaziem came to picture since Omeruo played against Poland. Idowu too was substituted for ola Aina. Out of all d players invited, it was only Ezenwa, Eze,Agbo, Echiejile and okechukwu that did not play. Even Joel obi to me still played better than Onazi that is now very heavy. So when a coach is trying to see what role each player can play on the field and u have the other coach that is angry cos that last match was lost(Morocco), what do u expect. He said it before the two friendlies.. The two matches will determine the fate of some players. So my own decision will be after England and Czech games.

    • Victor 8 months ago

      God bless you brother. I’m so sure if GR was a Nigerian, he would have been sacked.

  • Iwobi is nigeria hazard

  • Victor Onyeanum 8 months ago

    Lucky Ukhun and Abdulrazak, what is Amuneke’s offence? Like other Nigerians, Amuneke voiced his convictions about the Nigeria-Serbia match and the best thing you can do is to insult him. Did he not speak the truth? His offence was that he is a Nigerian coach? I have observed that most of you do not want Nigerian coaches to contribute to football discourse just because we have a white coach. Granted, Nigerian coaches have their deficiencies but they are Nigerians in the first place and have the freedom of speech. Furthermore, coaches like Amuneke and Siasia have led teams that won world laurels for this country and you clapped for them. That alone should even make people like you keep quiet when they speak. The fact that people like you have access to this platform should not make you think you have arrived and therefore should abuse the opportunity. I wish there was a way contributions to this portal could be screened first before they are published to ensure civility and decorum and so that responsible contributors would not fight shy.

  • Diran 8 months ago

    Coach rohr should please invite the following to see what they can do towards Russia 2018 word cup –

    Kingsley Sokari of CS Sfaxien of Tunisia – midfield

    Fanendo Adi – striker/attacker

    Obafemi Martins – striker/attacker

    A word is enough for the wise.

    Thanks