Int’l Friendly: AFCON 2019 Bound Eagles, Uganda Cranes Draw In Asaba

Int’l Friendly: AFCON 2019 Bound Eagles, Uganda Cranes Draw In Asaba

By Johnny Edward:
The Super Eagles of Nigeria played out a goalless draw against the Uganda Cranes in Tuesday’s international friendly match at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba Delta State, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

The draw in the Asaba Friendly was the second in eight games for the three-time African champions against the Uganda Cranes.

It was also the Super Eagles’ second draw in five games since losing 2-1 to Argentina at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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For the two nations,the international friendly match served as preparation for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon as both booked their spots with good result in their respective matchday-5 qualifying games over the weekend even with a game in hand apiece.

The Ugandans had the game’s first real chance, but Derrick Nsimambi, after beating John Ogu from a long ball, went for the spectacular overhead kick, playing the ball wide of the goal area.

The Super Eagles reacted and came close when Victor Osimhen was put through on goal by Mikel Agu, but the Sporting Charleroi striker was undecided on the ball and lost possession to the Ugandan defence.

The Super Eagles had two quick chances to score through an Oghenekaro Etebo shot and a header from Osimhen; but both opportunities were squandered.

At the start of the second half, Gernot Rohr introduced Isaac Success and Samuel Kalu for Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze.

Success had the first chance of the second half when his header off a Kalu free-kick went wide.

Kalu also watched his free kick miss target narrowly in the 71st minute. The Eagles pressed for a goal but the Ugandans were resolute in defending.

Mikel Agu’s low shot was cleared by the back line after a goalmouth scramble.

Rohr also brought on Henry Onyekuru and Kelechi Iheanacho for Ahmed Musa and John Ogu but both players’ showing failed to change the scoreline.

COMMENTS

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  • Ikeben 4 weeks ago

    CSN choose the right word. Etebo’s shot was not squandered, but was a superbly on target but was also spectacularly saved by the Ugandan keeper.

    It was a really interesting match. Lessons learnt.
    1. Super Eagles squad had depth and many of the players are versatile.so gives the coach more options in varied formation.
    2. Chukwueze is a revelation that offers something different and can only get better.
    3. Osimen is a very hungry goal poacher, even though didn’t score today but seems more likely to break the resolute Ugandian defense. Let’s not forget they have not conceded a single goal so far in the qualifier. He can only get better.
    4.kalu is another tomentor in Chief. He knows how to frustrate defenders with his dribbling skills. But should be moderated by the coach to distribute the balls atimes and rather do his dribbling in the 18yard box, where it could fetch us penalty. He seems he is an improved version of Victor Moses.
    5. Iwobi needs to improve on ball holding skills, and Chukwueze may become a better alternative as no. 10
    6. Agu was very impressive today and should will really put Ndidi on his toes because he seems more likely to score than Ndidi
    7. Our defense is very solid, even without the oyibo wall, we still were balanced at the back. Ajayi and Ogu doing a good job.
    8. Collins has successfully made the left back his own, so rival.

    In conclusion, even though I expected a win but not a bad performance from our dear Super Eagles.

  • PapaFem 4 weeks ago

    I’ve come to realize that Super Eagles often struggle against teams with robust style of play. It is high time Genot Rohr started looking into this. A style of play where transition from defence to attack will be faster. A style that will see our players, especially in the midfield and attack cutting down on their dribbles, motorize their play to minimize body contacts and take their chances. I personally feel we are under-utilizing the resources we have in the attack with the way our play seem to slow down in the middle. With Simeon Moses, Samuel Kalu, Onyekuru, Chukwueze, Musa, Iwobi, Musa and even Ighalo, we should destroy any team, any day, and score as many goals as possible in matches if we can be a little swift and decisive in the midfield.

    I’m highly impressed with the performance of Ajayi and Chukwueze today. But someone should tell Samuel Kalu that in a game where the opponents appear overly robust and physical , quick release of the ball looks more sensible than excessive dribbles and take ons.

  • A goalless draw against the Cranes of Uganda not a cheering news.

    Although I did not see the match live, the verdict given by journalists was encouraging particularly for the new and fringe players like Semi Ajayi, Chukwueze Samuel, Mikel Agu.
    To know that both Mikel Agu and Semi Ajayi put in a great shift in the match against an in form Uganda senior team is highly commendable, as their impressive performances provide more options for the team coach. While Semi will provide a strong back up for the duo of Balogun and Troost Ekong, Mikel Agu’s impressive showing has thrown up some vital options for Rohr in the defensive midfield which has Ndidi.

    By and large, given the array of young talents available for selection in the national team, Rohr has his work cut out for him to ensure he has a right mix of players to represent the country.He needs to really up his game, esp his substitution timing.  

    The attack that boasts star players like Success, Onyekwuru, S. KALu, Osimhen, Musa, Ighalo, Iheanacho, Simon Moses, Chukwueze Samuel will prove too hot for any team defence in Africa, if Coach Rohr work on his tactics.

    I think the NFF and the coaching crew should beam their seachlight on former youth teamer, Ovie Ejaria who represented Three Lions of England at the under 20 world cup.
    The gold winning England under 20 midfield star has done enough for Rangers Fc under legendary Steve Gerard to attract attention from Nigeria. The young attacking midfielder is been star performer for his team in the Europa league, he been linked with a switch of alligiance to Nigeria in the past, hopefully he is open for switch of nationality.

  • Chairmanfemi 4 weeks ago

    The truth is we need more Attacking Midfielders apart from Hot and Cold Iwobi and On and Off Captain Mikel. Kudos to Semi Ajayi, My MOTM Mikel Agu, Collins, Chukwueze and Oshimen.
    The players played there ALL but the Ugandan were just too strong at the back and Solid.
    What do we do incase we come across a team like this @AFCON?? Coach Gernot Rohr should definitely have an answer to this before June 2019 but for now we can all share our thoughts

  • Chairmanfemi 4 weeks ago

    The truth is we need more Attacking Midfielders apart from Hot and Cold Iwobi and On and Off Captain Mikel. Kudos to Semi Ajayi, My MOTM Mikel Agu, Collins, Chukwueze and Oshimen.
    The players played there ALL but the Ugandan were just too strong at the back and Solid.
    What do we do incase we come across a team like this @AFCON?? Coach Gernot Rohr should definitely have an answer to this before June 2019 but for now we can all share our thoughts.

  • Dr. Drey 4 weeks ago

    The match against Uganda has shown that our fringe players can step up whenever they are called upon. As it is now….if the AFCON were to begin tomorrow, we can confidently say we have 23 players who have been together and played together for a while that we can enlist to prosecute the tournament. We only have 1 FIFA window between now and the end of this season…so my advise is for the FA to make the best use of it by organizing a friendly with a strong african team…most preferably Ghana or CIV. We dont need too many new invitations now…except if a player is exceptionally better than the ones we have now and is doing exceptionally well in his club. We we need more now is blending the team together and working on the few areas of concern present in the team. at the moment. As it is now..of the 4 phases of our play..its the 3rd phase that is looking weak…that it the attacking third that links our midfield to our strikers. We seem settled in defence and defensive midfield while we have a glut of strikers but creating the chances that will help them thrive is still a problem. Strikers always feed on chances…if you dont create such, they dont get goals.
    But bye and large it was a good test game and we can pardon them that they didnt win. That’s what happens when different sets of players are playing together for the first time….it takes sometime to build that understanding and cohesion that can defeat a standing team. Play this same match today, with the same players against the same team and you will see a huge difference.