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Garba Lawal: Super Eagles Will Get Punished For Slow Starts In Russia

Garba Lawal: Super Eagles Will Get Punished For Slow Starts In Russia

By Johnny Edward:
Former Super Eagles midfielder Garba Lawal has fingered Nigeria’s slow start in games as a reason for their recent defeats in their pre-World Cup friendlies, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Gernot Rohr’s men lost 1-0 to Czech Republic in their final warm-up game in Austria on Wednesday and former Roda star Lawal stated that the Super Eagles will be punished at the World Cup if they do not race out of the blocks early enough in games.
The team had earlier lost to Sebia and England in their recent pre-World Cup friendlies in London.
“At this level you can’t afford to be chasing games early and hope you will finish stronger to win,” Lawal told CSN.
“Great teams will punish you for that in tournaments.
“It’s was the same against England where they (Super Eagles) lost 2-1. After the changes at half time the team played well but they must start well from the blast of the whistle and play well and not wait to react when they are down.
“The reaction too didn’t cause enough panic to the Czech Republic team.”
He also advised that the coach, Gernot Rohr, to get his starting line-up right before their opening game against Croatia in Kaliningrad Saturday next week.
“We have less than 10 days to our first game and I think that should give him enough time to get the best eleven for that game, because it will help their chances of qualifying for the next round,” Lawal, who played in the 1998 World Cup, added.
Nigeria will kick off their sixth FIFA World Cup appearance next Saturday against Croatia before facing Iceland and Argentina in their remaining two fixtures in Group D.

COMMENTS

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  • James 6 months ago

    No point of ratting they are not going anywhere with this kind of baby type of football, let them spend their summer holiday in russia and come back home. Players full of butch of wackers

  • Edoman 6 months ago

    The couch Rohr said that the Team is not ready. l agreed. Ighalo is not good, Balogun is not fit, Mikel is too slow. Moses is very selfish, he will not allow any one else take free kicks even though lheanacho is better than him doing so. We are ready to see the Nigeria team come home after three matches in disgraces and African worst Team in Russia. My humble suggestion to NFF is, start to look for another couch who understand what he is doing. Siasia should be our first contender on the list.

    * Victor Moses, stop playing free kicks for the team. l beg you, if lheanacho is on the field, let him take all the free kicks. You can take any paneity. In the name of God, allow division of labor here. Allow lheanacho to do us justice . Please.

    • Chima E Samuels 6 months ago

      You’re right Edoman but I will surprised if the big superstar Moses will allow himself to be spared of unqualified labour.. even though we know in Chelsea he will never dream of taking free-kick lol… and no Nigerian will acknowledge siaone as coach even though we know he’s the best we have because with Siaone Nigeria will never be outplayed and a lot of goals will be scored and chances created.

      • segun 6 months ago

        Moses should allow Ihenacho play free kick if is really concerned about common good and not personal glory.He was selfish in yesterday match just that his crosses were not good enough.

  • I guess this is not Nigerian National team we all know.
    The stricking force from the flanks that characterises the easgles traditional football is not seen.
    The loco-motive connection between the
    Midfied and defence is alarmingly nagative…The defence is ok but should work on free kick (conner kick)
    Mr.rohr should understand that Nigerians are loosing confidence.That is to say.He should make a rapid change especially on the attacking force.5 games with 1 victory is a poor results
    Finally.i wish you guys good luck.

  • I agree with you Garba, I do not understand G.R. continuous insistence on Uzoho, it is a big gamble o!,it will be boomerang.

  • Nigerians! they have started counting it for him, 1 win in 5 matches,Someone was even mentioning Siasia, nawa oo. isn’t this same coach who went some matches without losing? Do you think Siasia would have qualified us for world cup from that group? Don’t even know what the coach is doing wrong now, or because he refused to take your players to world cup? just that we are hard to please in this country. By winning the friendly matches does it mean they will do well at the world cup proper abi is it not the same team that played well during the qualifier by deviling all the odd and qualified from the group tagged group of death. We are not patient in this country at all when things is not going our way we seems to forget the good time lest we turn to blame game and castigation. I pray and hope what is happening now will be a blessing in disguise.

  • Alimamarcus 6 months ago

    V. moses abeg you stop taking set pieces for SE. Gernot Rohr train Eheanacho to be perfect for taking free kick. He did it well against Argentina and that is the essence of friendly match. Remember V.Moses is a winger, I rest my suggestion here.

    • Dr. Innocent Nwora 5 months ago

      Yes, you are right! he was the game changer for the friendly match against Argentina because the free kick and the tread pass to Iwobi revived the team. He is “Volpino” a Fox very intelligent player. Thank you for your observation.

  • Tayo thank you so much.

  • Dr. Innocent Nwora 5 months ago

    Tank you Mr. Garba Lawal because you have said it all. I am just on the same page with you. We need fire-works just immediately at the blast of the whistle. Come-on men! stop making those wall-passes, we have only 90-minutes regulation time for soccer. Please, wear them out immediately; show case your technical ability. Oh my goodness, I really missed our game changer Jay Jay Okocha. Even when a team wins the Super Eagles we still leave the field of play with our heads so high.