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Etebo: Super Eagles Have Learnt From Friendlies; We Don’t Fear Argentina, Croatia Stars

Etebo: Super Eagles Have Learnt From Friendlies; We Don’t Fear Argentina, Croatia Stars

By Johnny Edward:

CD Feirense midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo is confident the Super Eagles will not be pushovers at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, whick kicks off on 14 June in Russia, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

The Super Eagles have won two of their pre-World Cup friendlies, losing two and drawing one, which Etebo admits has brought out the best in the team’s preparation.

They defeated Argentina and Poland in their first two friendly games but lost to Serbia and England. Their only draw was against DR Congo.

“The friendly games we have played have exposed us so many things and also made us better,” he told CSN.

“We are in a tough group but we won’t be cowed by their big names. We are here to make our nation proud and we will achieve that.”

Nigeria will face Croatia, Iceland and Argentina in Group D.

COMMENTS

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  • Tammy 6 months ago

    Nice one brother. You will succeed IJN

  • All these teams are beatable, I can see Nigeria coming out from that group with at least 7pts. The way we played England in the second half was awesome. If we can keep that momentum, we can beat any team.

  • They only need to step up game and give total commitments

  • Aggregating fans reactions on the pre-world cup Super Eagles friendlies, below points are what I have learnt thus far:

    1) Opinions remain divided amongst fans as to whether Francis Uzoho should man the post in Russia. It does appear though that more fans are in favour for him to be number one. Other fans will like Ezenwa whilst those who will like Akpeyi appear resigned to the fact that they will not have their wish.

    2) A high number of fans question Joel Obi’s inclusion to the last 23 whilst his most ardent supporters believe his time has come and that he will deliver in the tournament proper final.

    3) There is unanimous consensus among a vast number of fans that the best formations for Nigeria going to the world cup are 5-3-2 (when defending) and 3-5-2 when attacking.

    4) Almost all fans have lost faith in Onazi’s ability to regain his form in enough time to be a force to be reckoned with in Nigeria’s midfield.

    5) There are quiet murmurs in some corners that Ighalo should be replaced by Simmy as the automatic starting number 9.

    6) Whereas some fans believe that the current 23 players are the very best for Nigeria at this moment, others believe that sentimental considerations still played a part in the squad selection.

    7) Overwhelming number of fans appear optimistic about the chances of the Super Eagles. Having said that, there are those waiting to laugh out loud after the group stages to say the words: “I told you so”. They have no faith in Gernot Rorh and his boys.

    8) All fans do not want the slow start that characterised Nigeria’s first half performance against England.

    9) Some fans are still rueing the late discovery of Nwakali as they believe that he would have been a valuable addition to the squad.

    10) As much as all fans a true Super Eagles supporters, their differing views on player selection makes some of them bitter rivals.

    • Joseph 6 months ago

      Lets not deceive ourselves….Uzoho is still learning…he has very poor calculations, Arial presence, one on one, defence coordination prowess, vision, confidence level, communication style. He can’t be between the sticks. Ezenwa is more coordinated in the aforementioned goal keeper tactical discipline. We hope for the best but must understand that what happened by the revelation of Enyeama in 2002 world cup will happen this time. A hungry goalie will live up to expectations and we will carry the day.

      • i can confirm you are watching the football matches involving nigeria through the back. If a keeper has none of this, then he is an outfield player. Uzoho is by no means a finished article, which is understandable judging by when he started his trade, but he brings far greater presence than that your jumping monkey called Ezenwa that uses theatrics to cover his lapses. Our world cup keeper is Uzoho, please deal with it.

      • i ca’t believe that uzoho oesn’t have all this qualities u mention is still our no keeper lol; plz go back and watch nigeria vs algeria our last qualifier u will see y ezenwa will not topple francis as our ist choice, niaija with their analyses if i were u guys i will allow rohr to be doing that and just pray we ve d lady luck on our back in the finals

  • davis 6 months ago

    you guys have stated agen. This is how you were talljlking before the congo and england games and at end of the day excusise is what we are geting. I will sugeste that we consetrate to the work at hand. On the part of the nff i will say that they have done well in therms of preperations but i see that toomuch of travlings and jamboris is afecting the team. So my brothers let the do the work of tallking on the pich thanks and GOD BLESS.

  • 3:5:2 and/or 5:3:2 is Okay. but against a team like Iceland. I’ll prefer we do 4:4:2 and overwhelm them with grit, wing play and entertaining football. we can have wingers, who pay more at the wings than in the midfield. We can be afraid of every and be too cautious; and then concede goal and become desolate … 4:4:2 will work against teams with low pedigrees … Don’t let overrate all team based on fifa’s ranking

  • Iceland do not have low pedigree, they are over 20 steps above us in fifa ranking, so we ought to face them with d same seriousness we will accord d other heavyweights in our group. Failure to use approach all 3 group games with d same grit and determination will only end in dissappointment.

  • Abdulrazak 6 months ago

    David de gea made an elementary error against Switzerland which resulted in the equaliser. Even the best are fallible. I would trust Uzoho in between the sticks any day to Ezenwa.