Amuneke Happy With Aina, Nwakaeme, Ogu Performances Vs Algeria; Praises Rohr

Amuneke Happy With Aina, Nwakaeme, Ogu Performances Vs Algeria; Praises Rohr

By Johnny Edward:
Newly appointed Al Akhartoum Watani coach Emmanuel Amuneke is delighted to see confidence run through the Super Eagles squad after their 1-1 draw against Algeria in a 2018 World Cup dead rubber clash in Constantine on Friday.

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr handed starts to Ola Aina and Anthony Nwakaeme on the night, while John Ogu returned to the line-up after being on the bench for several matches.

“Credit to the manager, he picked a team that gave something different,” Amuneke told Completesportsnigeria.com.

“The team showed a good aggression which is what is needed in such games.

“There were two players making their first starts and two players playing for the first time in a while, so in terms of balance they lacked a bit and it was obvious that there was no cohesion. But they showed us that with more time to blend they can be relied upon.”

Ex-Super Eagles World Cup star Amuneke also praised Rohr for seeing through the World Cup qualification with the team unbeaten.

“The referee was just a clown on the night but realistically, it’s a massive feat for him (Rohr) and I just hope that the chemistry stays the same,” the former African Player of the Year added.

“Nwakaeme made a great debut, especially in such a pressure game where he was isolated up front. To play your first start, perform like that was great for him and the team, and I think the coach will be pleased.”

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  • Good job from Ola Aina and john Ogu but i think Tryonne Ebuehi too should be given a chance to show case his talent! for goodness sake the guy is good enough to make the squad!

  • Including alex Iwobi nice performance on Friday from Alex Iwobi ola Aina Anthony Nwakaeme

  • Papa J 1 year ago

    I agree with you on everything except that Nwakaeme, he was a total flop of the match. Our local boys would’ve done better on their debut. Besides there was [email protected] in the match because we had already qualified so where did the pressure come from?

    • PapaFem 1 year ago

      @Papa J, that’s too harsh of you. Come on, that was just his first match for the country. You won’t expect him to start play like Messi from the word go. That bad pitch was another factor. It affected our passing game. Did you notice Iwobi struggled Paptoo? Even Balogun misplaced so many passes too. Let’s see what Tony has to offer in the next few friendlies we have. I saw a lot of potentials in that Onyekuru. Can’t wait to watch them against Argentina.

  • tayor 1 year ago

    I think Nwakaeme criticism is not fair.remember he is playing his first competitive match for Nigeria. there was nothing spectacular in the eagles performance on that day, maybe cos of d match nature. they all had a decent game, Let not single out anyone for criticism.

  • Fidelenny 1 year ago

    Credit should go to the players and coach for the respectable draw against Algeria. Anthony Nwakeme should be given another opportunity to show what he’s capable of given his quality, He was isolated upfront in a 4-4-3 formation.

    Tyrone Ebubehi is deserving a chance I hope he gets it soon enough having waited patiently thus far, he’s great quality from what we have seen of his game at Ado De Hagg, aside being a regular starter he’s quick on the ball, intelligent with his crosses with a decent defending too . He should be a reliable back up for impressive Shehu Abdullahi.

    Ola Aina did well in his full debut against experienced Mahrez, despite playing in unfamiliar position he was adept in his marking and going forward even at that intuitively, something tells me Aina Ola is not a solid defender, I hope Brian Idowu, Amakar new boy can give us something to cheer about with his anticipated debut against Argentina on his home soil this Tuesday.

  • Flex 1 year ago

    true nwakeme shld not be treated d way u people treat him, he shld b given another chance bt not on tuesday…Onyekuru shld start instead…,we do not require a striker who knows not when to pass or shoot.

  • Flex 1 year ago

    true nwakeme shld not be treated d way u people treat him, he shld b given another chance bt not on tuesday…Onyekuru shld start instead…,we do not require a striker who knows not when to pass or shoot..