fbpx

Eagles’ Likely 1st, 2nd Eleven Tussle In First Training Ahead England Clash

Eagles’ Likely 1st, 2nd Eleven Tussle In First Training Ahead England Clash

The Super Eagles had their first training session on Thursday after arriving London ahead of Saturday’s high profile international friendly game against the Three Lions of England at Wembley Stadium, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The team had their first training at The Hive Stadium, home ground of Barnet FC, who play in the English National League (fifth-tier).

Chelsea star, Victor Moses, who joined the team’s camp on Thursday morning was part of the training which started at 4:30pm.

Complete Sports’ Semiu Osho who witnessed the team’s training reports that the team was split into two groups comprising the possibles and the probables.

The possibles had Francis Uzoho in goal, Shehu Abdullahi, William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun and Bryan Idowu in defence, skipper John Mikel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi and Joel Obi in midfield and in the attack, Odion Ighalo, Moses and Alex Iwobi.

Ikechukwu Ezenwa was in goal for the probables with the defence comprising Tyronne Ebuehi who seems to have recovered from the cramps he suffered against DR Congo on Monday in Port Harcourt, Kenneth Omeruo, Chidozie Awaziem, Elderson Echiejile, John Ogu, Oghenekaro Etebo, Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa and Crotone of Italy star Simeone Nwankwo.

Mikel,Abdulahi and Iwobi dazzled for the probables with the Arsenal player showing flashes of brilliance while for the probables new boy Nwankwo’s hold up play was impressive as he showed great strength on the ball.

Today (Friday), the team will hold their first official training inside the famous Wembley Stadium by 5pm.

The training will be preceded by a press conference also at Wembley Stadium at 4:15pm.

Eagles POSSIBLES In Thursday’s Training Session

Francis Uzoho
Leon Balogun
William Troost-Ekong
Sheu Abdulahi
Bryan Idowu
Ogenyi Onazi
Mikel Obi
Joel Obi
Victor Moses
Odion Ighalo
Alex Iwobi

Eagles’ PROBABLES In Thursday’s Training Session

Ikechukwu Ezenwa
Tyronne Ebuehi
Elderson Echiejile
Kenneth Omeruo
Chidozie Awaziem
John Ogu
Mikel Agu
Oghenekaro Etebo
Ahmed Musa
Kelechi Iheanacho
Simy Nwankwo

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 37
  • Chairmanfemi 6 months ago

    Hey! Ndidi ruled our again! God please grant Ndidi and Moses Simon quick recovery o. As for the training line up, I would have prefered John Ogu ahead of Joel Obi in the possibles. And i also noticed Ola Aina is not in camp??? HAS HE BEEN TRULY DROPPED??

    • @Chairmanfemi, accept this entry as a “LIKE” to the entirety of your comments above.

      Thanks.

  • Greenturf 6 months ago

    Ndidi hopefully should be ready before our first match against Croatia.I think the coaching crew are playing safe not to disrupt his rehabilitation.
    Having said that,the omission of Aina is a sign he is going to be dropped from the team with two players left.This is getting interesting so who are this two players?would they come from the defence, midfield or attack?well in a couple of days apparently on or before Monday 4th of June a date set by fifa for the final submission of lists by the teams participating in the mundial we shall get the answers.
    We wish our super eagles all the best against the 3lions.

  • Ayphillydegreat 6 months ago

    Ola Aina has been dropped as a standby and Simon is not going to be ready for another three weeks. Only one more player will be dropped. This is the first 11 I’ve already predicted with the exception of Onazi (once Ndidi returns to full fitness Onazi should be on the bench) and Ighalo (I’ll prefer Nwankwo as the top striker only time will tell). Looks like the gaffer is closing in on his first 11 for the Mundial. Why Ogu is not playing or starting games for the SuperEagles is simply because he’s not better than Obi. Any right thinking coach will not drop a Scudetto midfielder for an Isreali league or Turkish league midfielder. Infact Mikel Agu is even ahead of Ogu in the pecking order. There’s a reason Obi is been getting the nod ahead of all of them except Mikel and Ndidi. The battle between who pairs Ndidi will be between Onazi and Obi. Meanwhile, I will like Ogu, Agu and Etebo to also get some minutes against the Three Lions. #FLY LIKE AN EAGLE INTO THE FUTURE#

    • Cappaccino 6 months ago

      My guy I won’t agree with you, you don’t just judge a player based on where he plays if so then Mikel Obi, Igahlo and Aina have no business in the team. You look at their performance, Mikel Agu hasn’t played so well in his club, Ogu won the league with his club and performed well as the pillar of his clubs midfield, Obi has been in mixed form for Torino. Look at the performance of all the midfielders in the super eagles team apart from Mikel Obi, John Ogu has scored during the qualifiers and has the next highest rating to the Skippo.

      • Lambert 6 months ago

        Agu is head of Ogu.
        They are not in same class. Ogu scored in a match that is irrelevant. Is his job about scoring?

  • Simon is out! One of John ogu/ Mike Agu will leave for Ndidi. According to All Nigeria Soccer, Aina later replaced Echiejile in training.  But he will be dropped. 

  • Olayinka 6 months ago

    I think the writer meant it the other way round. The first team should be the ‘probables’ and 2nd team should be the ‘possibles’. I wish Ndidi and Simon a speedy recovery. I want them in the team.

    • Ayphillydegreat 6 months ago

      Uzoho, Mikel, Moses, Iwobi, Balogun, Ekong, Onazi, Obi as probables?????? I expect you to be able to identify the difference between possibles and probables. Only Kelechi and Nwankwo and maybe Etebo IMHO can stake a claim to be among the possibles. The rest are good for the bench. At least we have a good bench going to the Mundial for the first time in a very long time.

    • Greenturf 6 months ago

      The writer is right.The possibles are the starters and probables are the reserves.
      However, the team is shaping up and we know what our team against Croatia would look like.Though there could be a shake up with Ndidi returning back to fitness and hopefully Simon Moses also making a case for a starting place is Simeon Nwankwo. His performance against the 3lions when he comes in will make a case for him.The players who needs to up their games are Onazi and compatriot Joel.Both has been lethargic and below par lately.This friendly is a good test for our readiness for the mundial.l hope my good friend Trent Anold plays too so we could have a banter in the future.
      I wish the super eagles victory though it doesn’t look like it from the look of things.But this is football things can change and I hope that change would be to the favour of our darling team the super Eagles!

  • Balorx 6 months ago

    i swear am disappointed aina is not going to the worldcup. how can you drop a agile,young and very active player for his club just for one common old,weak an inactive player that plays for belgium second tier all in the name of shitty experience.remember echeijele didnt go to the last world cup and propably 2010 edition(nt sure) so he doesnt have better experience.
    pls knw that aina always played in first class stadium since when he was small so playing on that bad pitch affected performance. remember the argentina match………
    #Godblessnigeria

  • Chairmanfemi 6 months ago

    @Aphillydegreat, LEAGUE doesn’t state blatantly how good a player is. If you say Ogu is behind Agu in the pecking order just because he plays in the Isreali league, i guess you might just be getting it wrong. ‘Cuz if i should go by your opinion then i guess Agu,Joel Obi,Onazi,Etebo are better than our Skipper Mikel Obi cuz he plays in the Chineese league

    • Greenturf 6 months ago

      I’m with you on this chairmanfemi.Some Nigerian players are just unfortunate to be playing in lesser leagues than their compatriots who clearly are not better but are fortunate to play in the elite class.
      Meanwhile,we all saw the performances of some our boys against Athletico Madrid and there are many of them like that in the persons of Azubuike Okechukwu,Ifeanyi Matthew, Abduljelil Adjagun,Sadiq Umar and more.I advice this quality players who could not get an invite because of the obvious to step up their ambitions and at least move to a better league where the gaffer will notice them.
      I strongly believe this players and the ones that played against Madrid will get into the super eagles in the future as they are clearly better than ones we have now.But first things first they need to be ambitious and seek for a better European clubs.

    • Respected journalist Colin Udoh who was at the Eagles training yesterday wrote this on his twitter account “The more I watch Mikel Agu, the more I see why Rohr keeps him in the squad”…Truth be told the coaches have seen these players from close quarters and I think they know the reason why Ogu keeps falling down the pecking order..not that they didn’t also watch the matches he played in like we the fans also did…but they know more about the game than we do and are professional enough to probably those things we don’t notice

      • lambert 6 months ago

        Agu’s game is modelled after Mikel.
        What he does is only men will eyes can see. Ogu plays with power only no technique.
        No good coach will pick him ahead of Agu.

  • Sint. 6 months ago

    Don’t heat of the debate. These are all possibilities, wait until you see the final list.

  • heshay 6 months ago

    There are 5 left/right back among the 26 players currently training in London. In my opinion Aina or Ebuehi won’t be dropped though they may not start in Russia. These young lads are the future of Super Eagles and they will surely replaced the old ones. The coach will want them to get the needed experience by going to the mundial. If Brian Idowu performs very well, there will be no need for Echiejele who didn’t have enough playing time this season. Aina has the ability to play as right/left full back and can also play in central defence like Balogun. Aina will be a necessary back-up @ Russia, hence he deserves to be in the squad.

    • am pretty confident that ola aina will be dropped from the squad, cos i ve watched him play for hull and little in d eagles there is nothing to write home about his defensive duty maybe good at caressing d ball n attack but his defense is so poor,b4 we concede d penalty vs congo i told my colleagues that aina defense is poor and is too heavy, my colleague want to argue it and all of a sudden aina was beaten for pace and end up fouling d guy lke a rugby player,with that act alone u dn’t need to worry cos he has shown u his defensive side tyronne shehu idowu n echijille will comprise of our full backs…who to be dropped alongside him is tough but i think its going to be joel/ogu or center defender..

  • I agree with you Greenturf on the need for both Onazi and Joel to, in your words, up their games have they have both performed grossly below the standards we their fans have come used to expecting of players of their calibre recently.

    Barlorx, I could not agree with you more! In international football, the perceived level of league and indeed club you play for are wholly irrelevant compared to desire of the coach to pick players who he (or she) believes can support, implement and drive a winning mentality tactics to enable the team achieve its strategic objectives in any tournament.

    That is why England has Butland (from relegated Stoke); Brazil (Taison Ukraine league) and even Nigeria (Ighalo from China!) selected ahead of players in similar positions from more glamorous leagues and clubs.

    In fact, go back to 2013 when midfielders from world class clubs from both Nigeria and Ivory Coast graced the field (Mikel, Yaya Toure etc) but an NPFL player Sunday Mba grabbed the headlines with a goal worthy of winning any match in any tournament in the Afcon quarter-finals!

    John Ogu may well be dropped and Joel Obi selected in the last 23. This will not be because of the club or league either player plays but because the coach believed Joel fits into his plans and on-field strategic objectives.

    • ***Correction*** I hadn’t meant to reference Balorx points which I actually distance myself from. I had meant to buttress the points made by commentators who conclude that clubs or leagues that players play for are not necessarily the most important yardstick in team selection for national teams in major competitions.
      It is also interesting how renowned journalists and seasoned football observers are coming round to appreciate the qualities and attributes of Mikel Agu. Indeed, in the eyes of Gernot Rohr, Agu appears to be ahead of 0gu in the pecking order of the Super Ealges. All the best tomorrow Super Eagles. I will be watching the match in a Pub full of England supporters – please do me proud.

  • Chybyke 6 months ago

    i have never been convinced with our current midfielders..Onazi and Joel Obi in particular have been off the mark…maybe they were too cautious in the DR Congo game….I stand with Rohr’s decision to keep Mikel Agu in the squad….Mikel Obi is an inspiration to the players when he plays,the other Midfielders playing alongside him play well too

  • SEYIHANDSOME 6 months ago

    Super Eagles Training: Rohr Continues
    To Test Out Five-Man Midfield Variation;
    Aina Involved
    Published: May 31, 2018
    Allnigeriasoccer.com understands that
    Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has
    continued to test out a five-man midfield
    variation at training ahead of Saturday’s
    friendly against England, and this might
    be his preferred formation at the 2018
    World Cup.
    He divided the squad into two teams
    containing eleven players each for a
    training game after the warmup and
    physical exercises.
    Team A lined up with a 4-2-3-1
    formation and contained holding
    midfielders Eddy Onazi and Joel Obi, just
    as they were deployed in Monday’s
    friendly against Democratic Republic of
    Congo, Obi Mikel played as the central
    attacking midfielder and was flanked by
    Victor Moses (right midfield) and Alex
    Iwobi (left midfield).
    As for the Team B, they took on the
    3-5-2 shape with Elderson Echiejile and
    Tyronne Ebuehi operating as left wing-
    back and right wing-back respectively.
    Leicester City pair Kelechi Iheanacho and
    Ahmed Musa, and Porto’s Mikel Agu
    completed the five-man midfield.
    Chelsea defender Ola Aina took part in
    the exercises and ball work but was on
    the sidelines at the start of the practice
    game before he came on for Team B as
    replacement for Echiejile.

  • Walking 6 months ago

    My question what if we lost woefully against England but we played well… What’s your feeling about this.

  • Hmm. .. people should just stop comparing Agu and Joel. Even, Onazi was fortunate then because of his injury. Mikel Agu has been in FC Porto since when? Yet, he’s finding it hard to enter d main team. He’s been going from one loan to d other. Imagine Joel in porto’s team. Do u think it’s easy  for a player to be going on a long term injury yet get back to d first team as soon as he’s fit for different clubs. My choice….Ndidi, Joel, Mikel.  

    • lambert 6 months ago

      Joel is ahead so much quality….but Agu is back up.
      Friendlies dont count.

  • Ayphillydegreat 6 months ago

    @Chairmanfemi. Mikel played and won virtually everything with Chelsea for 11 years. He’s got nothing to prove at this stage of his career. I can also say the same thing about Onazi and Obi, the only thing I need from both players is to up their game a bit. If I have to choose between Agu and Ogu I will prefer Ogu, but he has never been able to dispose Onazi and Etebo since he’s been invited to camp. What that tells me is that he might not be good enough for what the coach wants from his midfielders.

  • It is an error for D coach to through away Aina and take Echijele to Russia

  • Ogie samuel 6 months ago

    Aina will not be dropped he is quick defensive minded than echiejele play more games in Europe than ecchiejele, may GOD not let idowu get injured echiejele can not be relied on,oga rohr I dey beg u,after lacazete naigolan are at home watching echjiele shld do d same ,he is injury prone

    • u just contradict urself all through aina play more games in europe that elderson ?

  • Balorx 6 months ago

    how i wish csn has a room for uploading photos if not memes would have flood in here to make it lively just like nairaland……. pls if aina is nt going to be dropped, then who? it is definitely nt idowu perhaps omeruo

  • Against the expectations of most people, these are the 3 that will be dropped. You can bet on it. If CSN runs a predict and win, I’ll win hands-down. Having thoroughly analysed the current squad situation and viewing from the eyes of Rohr and his coaching crew, here they are:

    1. JOHN OGU

    — Good, but not overly convincing. Bullish, strong on the ball with a powerful left foot that can tear the ball with the net, but compared to the rest of the midfielders has little flair on the ball, less creativity and dribbling skills to wiggle himself out of a tricky situation and create a scoring chance for the guys upfront. 5/10. Will be dropped.

    2. SIMON MOSES

    — Ordinarily, a sure bet for the world cup but given that he may not be 100% fit before the plane departs for Russia, coupled with anticipated grumbles and uproars in some quarters (including the highest levels) if a half-fit players in taken in a rather competitive squad-screening. Besides, there are plentiful of options in his role, including Musa and Iwobi. Some players are untouchables for the world cup (and they too know it). Players like Victor Moses, Mikel Obi and Odion Ighalo. Even with a knock, they will likely still be on the plane to Russia. Simon and the rest don’t really belong in that league, although he is marginally better than most of the rest.

    3. CHIDOZIE/ETEBO/AINA

    — Any of these 3 will pick the last slot to go home or back to their clubside. Most people rate Etebo high. I used to too, but if you can watch the Eagles/DRC match again. Etebo is more of striker than a midfielder. He is more bullish at the front, reminiscent of Daniel Amokachi of yore. But hand him the anchor role in midfield, and the whole pack collapses, just like in that match Nigeria lost to South Africa last year. In the attack, he may not really be able to compete well. In the midfield, he is good but down the pecking order in terms of experience. He may have shone like a million stars in the U-23, but in the senior team, he’s still learning the ropes.

    Also, Aina is green to a certain extent. Etebo even brings more value to the table than him. But Aina is plays with power and focus, but inexperience and non-spectacular ball skills may mean he won’t be too sorely missed if dropped (unlike the case of Moses Simon).

    As for Awaziem, anyone keen watcher would observe that Rohr and his crew’s confidence level in this exciting young talent is less than 60%, especially after that forgettable match against South Africa. Because he didn’t rate South Africa too highly, Rohr practically tried out his bench or Team B or young guns in that match. they showed so much talent, but were let down by experience which some players in the SA team had and took advantage of.

    So there you have it.

    1. JOHN OGU
    2. MOSES SIMON
    3. AINA/ETEBO/AWAZIEM.

    I can tell you 100% Mikel Agu will go to Russia 2018.

  • • Against the expectations of most people, these are the 3 that will be dropped. You can bet on it. If CSN runs a predict and win contest, I’ll win hands-down. Having thoroughly analysed the current squad situation and viewing from the eyes of Rohr and his coaching crew, here they are:

    1. JOHN OGU

    — Good, but not overly convincing. Bullish, strong on the ball with a powerful left foot that can tear the ball with the net, but compared to the rest of the midfielders, John Ogu boasts little flair on the ball, less creativity and dribbling skills to wiggle himself out of a trouble and create a scoring chance for the guys upfront. 5/10. Will be dropped.

    2. SIMON MOSES

    — Ordinarily, a sure bet for the world cup but given that he may not be 100% fit before the plane departs for Russia, and coupled with anticipated grumbles and uproars in some quarters (including the highest levels) if a half-fit players is taken to Russia in a rather competitive squad-screening.

    Besides, there are plentiful of options in his role, including Musa and Iwobi. Yes, some players are untouchables for the world cup (and they too know it). Players like Victor Moses, Mikel Obi and Odion Ighalo. Even with a knock, they will likely still be on the plane to Russia. Simon and the rest don’t really belong in that league, although Simon is marginally better than most of the rest.

    3. CHIDOZIE/ETEBO/AINA

    — Any of these 3 will sadly pick the last slot to go home or back to their clubside. Most people rate Etebo high. I used to too, but if you can, please watch the Eagles/DRC match again. 80% of his free kicks and passes were a waste, although his talent was not in doubt. You see, Etebo is more of striker than a midfielder. He is more bullish at the front, reminiscent of Daniel Amokachi of yore.

    But hand him the anchor role in midfield, and the whole pack collapses, just like in that match Nigeria lost to South Africa last year. In the attack, he may not really be able to compete well. Anmd in the midfield, he is good but down the pecking order in terms of experience. He may have shone like a million stars in the U-23, but in the senior team, he’s still learning the ropes.

    Also, Aina is green to a certain extent. Etebo even brings more value to the table than him. It’s good to see that Aina plays with power and focus, but inexperience and non-possession of any spectacular ball skills or wow factor may mean he won’t be too sorely missed if dropped (unlike the case of Moses Simon).

    As for Awaziem, any keen watcher would observe that Rohr and his crew’s confidence level in this exciting young talent is less than 60%, especially after that forgettable match against South Africa. Because he didn’t rate South Africa too
    highly, Rohr practically tried out his bench or Team B or young guns in that match.
    They showed so much talent, but were let down by experience which some players in the SA team had and took advantage of.

    So there you have it.

    1. JOHN OGU
    2. MOSES SIMON
    3. AINA/ETEBO/AWAZIEM.

    Against the “run of play” (lol) I can tell you all 100% that Mikel Agu will go to Russia 2018.

  • For me Mikel agu/awaziem have not blended to the team since their call ups!! Aina is not gonna be dropped due to is versatility…

  • bucho2 6 months ago

    aside 3 players in the super eagles team(echiejile, awaziem nd onazi), rhor can bring d world cup home, becs we hav all it takes. Awaziem is dat of superstition, there is neva a match he played 4 nigeria dat we win or draw, we loose, check it. ONAZI plays wit strength alone, wc is nt enof.

  • Mikel, Ndidi and Joel…..That’s also my choice and very likely, the choice of Rohr